Baltimore Ravens Counting On Terrell Suggs As New Defensive Leader

By Andrew Fisher
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After a roller coaster offseason, Baltimore Ravens fans will be glad just to see some familiar faces back on the field once the season kicks off. Right now it just feels like a completely different Baltimore squad, after the departure of numerous key players from the team’s Super Bowl run. The defense suffered the most damage, but the team was able to rebound, and made several key additions to partially fill the void. Still, the two most important players from the defense, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, are gone.

So naturally, someone has to step up for the famous Ravens-D, and that man is none other that Terrell Suggs (T-Sizzle). Clearly, Suggs has been a leader on this team for a long time, but never before has he been the leader on defense. It’s a role that I’m sure he’s been ready for, and now it’s his time to solidify himself as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.

Just like Lewis, Suggs has played his entire career in Baltimore, which is now ten years in the making. It’s hard to believe, but No. 55 is going into his 11th season in the NFL. He’s coming off a very challenging past 18 months, which included a torn achilles tendon and torn biceps, that cost him half of last season.

If the veteran linebacker can stay on the field, he’ll be a natural as the emotional leader of the Ravens. The team needs him, and the fans need him too. It won’t be easy filling the void left by Lewis and Reed, but anyone who’s watched Terrell Suggs over the past 10 years, knows that he’ll give it his all.


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