A player’s energy level is usually inversely related to the length of time in which he is exerting himself. The opposite appears to be true for Terrell Suggs.
Of the eight sacks the Ravens outside linebacker has recorded thus far, six have occurred in the fourth quarter, when he might normally be fatigued after expending energy in the first three periods.
Asked Wednesday if his collection of sacks in the final quarter is an indicator of his stamina or intelligence, the six-time Pro Bowler replied, “I think it has something to do with all of that. The weight loss, how coach [John Harbaugh] is letting me prepare throughout the week with the rest he gives me, and also our young guys – Matt Judon, Za’Darius [Smith]. It is a collection of all of that. … We understand the big picture, so we are going to keep chugging along.”
What is easy to forget is that Suggs has been playing despite a torn left biceps suffered in a 27-23 loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 16. Since sitting out a 24-16 loss to the New York Jets on Oct. 23, he has racked up three sacks, three forced fumbles, and three tipped passes in his last four starts.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees attributed Suggs’ recent success to a couple factors.
“One, he did a great job of rehabbing to get himself back,” Pees said Thursday. “I think the other thing is, he probably is not playing quite as many reps as he’s played in the past sometimes when he’s played an entire game and never came out. I think that’s helped where we’ve had some guys that can go in and relieve him and not be a big drop-off. So I think it’s a combination of those things. And I just think his attitude in coming back has been tremendous and maybe a little more incentive to show everybody that, ‘I’m still here.’”