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Ngata: Punter Koch 'probably' the best overall athlete on the team

NEW ORLEANS - Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was asked Wednesday who he considers to be the best overall athlete on the team.

His answer?

"I'd say it's probably (punter) Sam Koch. You watch him in practice doing all of the different things he can do and it's pretty amazing. He can throw the ball, he can kick it, throw it with his non-dominant hand. He can do a lot of amazing things. It's pretty crazy."

Koch scored an 8-yard touchdown on a fake field goal earlier in the season. He also made an open field tackle to prevent a touchdown during the Ravens' December loss to the Washington Redskins after chasing down Redskins punt returner Richard Crawford. And against the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs, Koch nearly chased down Broncos punt returner Trindon Holliday, an eight-time All-American in track at LSU, on Holliday's 89-yard punt return for a score.

Added Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger on Koch: "Sam Koch is really athletic. He has a lot of skill. He can pick up a golf club. He can play basketball, baseball and just do anything."

Ngata also mentioned outside linebacker Terrell Suggs as "an amazing athlete for how big he is and how fast he can move."

Kruger, meanwhile, said the top three athletes on the team are himself, backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Ngata.

"Tyrod is just explosive," Kruger said. "He's the guy - I think he's probably right around six foot - who can dunk a basketball any way you want him to. He's shifty. He's fast. He's just kind of one of those guys who can just do anything.

"Haloti (Ngata) - a guy who's 350 (pounds), a giant man - can move like he's a running back. It's very rare to see somebody at that size be so athletic."

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