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Terrell Suggs and a career reaching 'in the teens'


Terrell Suggs and a career reaching 'in the teens'

OWINGS MILLS – A reflective Terrell Suggs knows the end of his career is closer than the beginning.

“When you get in the teens, you kind of just take it year by year,” said Suggs, now 32 years old and entering his 13th NFL season. “I’m definitely on the back nine.”

Suggs said Tuesday that reporting to Ravens mandatory minicamp felt strange, with so many former teammates no longer around. The trade of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Lions impacted Suggs on a personal level. They are close friends. Their lockers were side by side. They had a ritual of walking onto the field together before every practice.

With Ngata gone, Suggs admitted he could not act like everything was the same. But that doesn’t mean he thinks the Ravens’ defense will slip, mentioning tackles Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan as players he expected to step up

Asked about Ngata’s departure, Suggs said. “The show must go on,” Suggs said. “We wish Haloti always tremendous success, until they play us. He’ll always be a Raven in spirit. Just trying to cope with it for right now.


“I thought he was going to be one of those guys that kind of get to retire a Raven. But it didn’t happen that way. It’s unfortunate, but he’s still a great player. He’s going to do some good things for Detroit.”

The Ravens will need Suggs to play at a high level again at outside linebacker, coming off a superb season in which he had 12 ½ sacks. The loss of linebacker Pernell Suggs to the Bears in free agency, along with Ngata, could leave a void in the Ravens’ pass rush.

Suggs said he was in decent shape, but admitted he was pacing himself until training camp knowing it would be a long season.

“I’m definitely not at my fighting weight,” said Suggs. “I’m pretty much at my walk-around weight. I kind of owe it to myself to just pace myself. Come down to the tail en of the season, Week 9, Week 10, I still got something left in the tank.”

Suggs hopes he will be playing into February, helping the Ravens get back to the Super Bowl. He would love to accomplish that goal, and worry about how long he will keep playing afterward.

“I’m really looking forward to this year,” Suggs said. “At the end of the year, we’ll talk.”

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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline


Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings. 

The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.

Steelers player were seen plundering his locker Wednesday in front of reporters. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate. 

It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow. 


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Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco


Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has had his fair share of life changing moments. 

Winning the Heisman Trophy in 2016, being drafted by the Ravens in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and come Sunday, possibly his first NFL start.

With Joe Flacco nursing a hip injury suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 9, the 21-year-old could be leading the Ravens for a full 60 minutes against division rival Cincinnati Bengals in what could be a defining moment of their season.

"I'm just going into it like any other week," Jackson said Wednesday. "Just preparing for whatever."

While Jackson has appeared in all nine games going 7-for-12 for 87 passing yards and one touchdown, he is the only first-round quarterback out of the 2018 draft that has yet to start this season. 

When asked how he would feel if his name is called Sunday, Jackson said he would have butterflies at first but added once the ball is snapped, "it's on."

Through the Ravens' first half of the season, how and when Jackson is utilized at either quarterback or receiver, has lacked consistency. Add in the lack of highlight reel passes from him and many are concerned he's not ready for an NFL start. 

The fast style of NFL play compared to that of college football was something Jackson admittedly struggled with throughout the preseason. But with nine regular season games under his belt, Jackson feels that is the area where he's taken the biggest strides. 

"Calling the plays," Jackson said. "Before I'd have to ask coach a hundred times, 'say it again, say it again,' but now he says it one time to me. Don't get me wrong, sometimes if [the call] is long or whatever I have to ask [coach to] say it again, but other than that I'm getting better with that."

Head coach John Harbaugh offered no insight on who would be their starting quarterback on Sunday and it can be expected he'll keep hush up until the last moment. Flacco was not on the practice field during media availability Wednesday, either. 

But let's not forget the other veteran quarterback on their roster; Robert Griffin III

For the first time since 2009, the Ravens decided to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster for this very reason.

After sitting out of football for a year, RGIII was given a second chance in Baltimore, but has been a gameday inactive since the start of the season. If the week progresses and neither Flacco or Jackson seem ready, it could be the comeback of the once Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

"That's my job. That's why they brought me here," Griffin III said Wednesday on if he feels prepared to possibly start. "They brought me here to be a pro. They brought me here to help this team if need be. I try to help the defense every week on scout team and then do those [reps], and if my number's called I'll be able to go out there and lead this team."

Both RGIII and Jackson said that it would be "awesome" if they were named the starting QB on Sunday, but that no matter who it ends up being they're all here for one another.

"I'm going to continue to help [Lamar] just like I have all season because we're about the Ravens here," Griffin III said. "It's not about individuals. We've got a pretty daunting task ahead with this Bengals team and then just with the rest of our schedule, so we've got to make sure we make the most of every opportunity."