Can Terrell Suggs Anchor The New Look Baltimore Defense?


Our friends at FanDuel.com have written a guest column this week centered around one of the best players ever to to set foot on Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium.

Former Arizona State standout Terrell Suggs might still be basking in the glory of winning his first Super Bowl title with the Baltimore Ravens, but reality is about to set in when training camp begins. The Ravens lost a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but the question is can they still be a top 10 defense and a team worthy of a fantasy football pickup?

Suggs has been a standout at outside linebacker for a while, but this will be a whole new role for him. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed have been the de facto leaders for the defense since Suggs arrived in 2003, but both of those guys are gone now. He will be the longest tenured player on that side of the ball, as the team adds Elvis Dumervil, Chris Canty and Arthur Brown.

Despite being hampered by a torn Achilles and a biceps tear last season, Suggs feels as though he is as good as new heading into his 11th season. In fact, when recently asked about his health, Suggs said that he is in the prime of his career right now. The defense is getting younger all around, so they will need him to have more than two sacks like he had in 2012. So far, he has arrived at workouts this season in better shape with a more focused outlook as well.

Haloti Ngata and Lardarius Webb are other veterans who will take up a leadership role, but the best active Arizona State alum will have to be the man in Baltimore if they have any hopes of repeating as Super Bowl champions. A healthy Suggs is still an impact player, and the Ravens will need him more than ever due to the amount of turnover they have gone through.

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