OWINGS MILLS - Any lingering limitations from Terrell Suggs' surgically repaired Achilles tendon are seemingly gone.
Suggs' movements are back to being fluid and explosive. He's noticeably lighter and acknowledged Wednesday that he feels better than he's felt in years. And, based on what coach John Harbaugh and some of his teammates have said about him during this week's minicamp, Suggs appears poised to re-establish himself as one of the NFL's premier defensive players.
"He looks amazing right now," Ravens Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata said of Suggs. "I don't know if you all saw him, but he looks really good. I think he's just fighting to get back into that Defensive Player of the Year kind of Suggs. It's exciting to see what he is going to do."
Said Harbaugh of Suggs: "He's healthy, and he's in great shape. He looked tremendous out there."
Suggs seems enthusiastic about his outlook, too.
A year ago at this time, Suggs was working back from a partially torn Achilles tendon that many thought would sideline him for the entire season.
The injury only ended up sidelining him for the first six games, but Suggs was clearly limited by the injury for much of the year.
His explosiveness was lessened. So was his overall mobility. And he was also in less than optimal shape for much of the year after missing training camp, the preseason and the beginning part of the regular season.
Suggs started to return to form during the playoffs, but he had just 22 tackles and two sacks in the eight regular season games he played in, just a year after he had an AFC-best 14 sacks, an NFL-high seven forced fumbles and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
"Anybody could tell that I really wasn't the player that I've [become] known to be around here," Suggs said. "A part of that was the Achilles, and the other part was just small things like the diet, so I had to make some changes this offseason to be the best player that I could be for my team. ... I really wanted my offseason to be really focused and focused on the task at hand."
Suggs declined to say exactly how much he weighs, simply smiling and saying, "I'm light."
"He's definitely, definitely motivated," Ngata said. "The way he has come back and seeing the way he moved, he looked real fast - faster than I [saw] him last season. He's looking really good."
Said Suggs: "I feel good ... [but] I don't want to pat myself on the back just yet. I'm just going to continue to work. It's just a pleasure to go to work with the guys right now. I'm really just enjoying that. I didn't have the opportunity to do this last year. Like I said, I feel all right. I feel good. I'm just continuing, like I said, to work and get better as a team."
The Ravens lost last year's leading sacker Paul Kruger as a free agent, but they replaced him with a three-time Pro Bowler in Elvis Dumervil, who had 11 sacks and six forced fumbles for the Denver Broncos last season.
A healthy and in shape Suggs paired with Dumervil could make for a formidable pass rushing duo this season.
"I'm ecstatic," Suggs said. "I've had good guys on the other side of me before ... [but] to get a guy [Dumervil] that his No. 1 thing is to get after the quarterback is really exciting, especially [because] we added ... [defensive end] Chris Canty. We get [Ngata] healthy. We are going to be a nice little solid front."