If he chooses, Terrell Suggs has a little something to use for motivation next season. In the NFL Network’s annual list of the league’s Top 100 players, voted on by players, Suggs fell to No. 84. That is a serious fall from No. 26, where Suggs ranked on the 2014 list.
Suggs is coming off a strong 2014 season at outside linebacker with 12 sacks and 61 tackles. At age 32, Suggs doesn’t like hearing any talk about slowing down and figures to come back next season driven to prove he has not lost anything.
Suggs and Elvis Dumervil will be counted on to anchor the Ravens’ pass rush next season. Pernell McPhee, who had 7½ sacks last season, has signed with the Bears.
While the Ravens hope rookie linebacker Za’Darius Smith can compensate for the loss of McPhee, it is hard to imagine the Ravens having a formidable pass rush unless Suggs plays a part.
The Ravens have not gotten much respect in the Top 100 rankings so far. Quarterback Joe Flacco was ranked No. 97, while linebacker C. J. Mosley was ranked No. 94.
It’s a safe bet the Ravens are not big fans of this list.
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