Terrell Suggs was one of the more notable names on the list of players who didn’t take part in voluntary practices with their teams this offseason.
Notable, because he did the same last summer and then delivered a forgettable season (to be fair, he did battle a knee injury). Notable, because he’s vowed that won’t happen again, despite choosing to train on his own again this year.
Suggs defended his decision to skip voluntary practices during a recent radio interview with 105.7 The Fan, delivering one of the best lines of the offseason in the process when he said “we’re not winning any games or any Super Bowls in OTAs.”
He may have simply said what many other veterans wanted to say, because he’s certainly not the only veteran who feels that way about OTAs. Maybe not. For his part, Ravens coach John Harbaugh left it at that he expects Suggs to be “very motivated.”
Here’s the full quote of what Suggs had to say about working out with his trainer in Atlanta and missing voluntary work:
“Some guys need to be under the supervision of the coaches and the strength coaches and working out with the team, but some guys just don’t need that,” Suggs said. “Some guys, it’s better for them to work individually with a trainer. … I’ve always worked out with a trainer, and it’s worked out thus far for me pretty good. But, some guys do feel as though they will work better with the team, within the group.
“As far as the OTAs thing goes, a lot of guys get hurt. A lof of people, I don’t think a lot of guys would like to take that risk. It’s OTAs, we’re not winning any games or any Super Bowls in OTAs, so I’d rather just stick to my training and be in top shape come training camp.”