The Ravens are monitoring Terrell Suggs’ snap count, coming off a season-ending Achilles injury in 2015 and playing his 14th NFL season. However, Suggs made key plays for the Ravens in Week 3, and his best could be yet to come.
Suggs had two sacks against the Jaguars, including one on their final drive that helped seal the Ravens’ 19-17 victory. The veteran outside linebacker played 37 snaps against the Jaguars, and he hasn’t played more than 39 snaps in any of the first three games. But when the Ravens needed big plays down the stretch in Jacksonville, Suggs was fresh enough and good enough to deliver.
“For Terrell Suggs – I think he is a great example – to pull off the big plays that he pulled off with the sacks and the run stop at the end of that game, to be in that kind of shape that you have to be in to do something like that in that kind of heat says it all,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Suggs admitted he was drained by the heat and humidity in Jacksonville.
“I kept using the hose on the sideline, drinking water,” Suggs said after the game. “Anytime you get a sack and I can’t celebrate afterward, that shows you. I was in shape, I thought I hydrated enough, but apparently not. This Florida sun got me again.”
Suggs knows that some people aren’t sold on the Ravens’ 3-0 start, but he doesn’t care. He expects the Ravens to be at their best late in the season, when the stakes are highest. And Suggs expects the same for himself.
"A win's a win's, they all count," Suggs said. "What's more important, they're three AFC wins...This is the NFL man, you can't take no wins for granted, as we all learned last year. Three-and-O is 3-0, no matter what y'all say about it."
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The Redskins will be testing their depth on the offensive line over the next few weeks at least as both starting left guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and starting center Kory Lichtensteiger (calf) are dealing with injuries.
When both players went out early in the second half against the Giants the solution was to put Spencer Long in at center and, since the team only keeps one interior lineman active on game days, move Trent Williams from left tackle to left guard.
Long had put in plenty of practice time as the backup center but Williams had not lined up as guard during any kind of practice at any time. He managed to fake his way through the game and the Redskins scored enough points to win but that’s not something that the Redskins want to do except in a dire emergency. They want their Pro Bowl left tackle at the most important spot on the offensive line.
The next man up is Arie Kouandjio, a fourth-round pick in 2015 who has played a total of one snap. Although the Redskins likely will look to add some interior line help this week assuming that both Lauvao and Lichtensteiger are out, it looks likely that Kouandjio’s second NFL snap will be as the starting left guard this Sunday against the Browns.
The Alabama product has the mental toughness and nasty attitude that the coaching staff loves. But he has issues with his technique and his ability to block at the second level or pull effectively is very questionable. There was a competition for the starting left guard position this offseason but Kouandjio was never a serious contender for the job. Some were speculating that Kouandjio could be a surprise roster cut at the end of training camp but apparently the coaching staff thought that it was worthwhile to keep him around and continue his development.
It looks like the time for development is over and it’s time for Kouandjio to show what he has learned. We will see how it turns out.