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Linebacker Terrell Suggs looking forwards to the end of his career

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After minicamp was over for the day, the Ravens made linebacker Terrell Suggs available to the media. Entering his 13th season in the NFL, questions inevitably came up about his age and how he is feeling early this season.

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After minicamp was over for the day, the Ravens made linebacker Terrell Suggs available to the media. Entering his 13th season in the NFL, questions inevitably came up about his age and how he is feeling early this season.

The always goofy Terrell Suggs got a little serious when asked about the end of his career.

Well, I’m definitely on the back nine, so you can’t say, ‘Oh man, Suggs is [the same player as in] 2011,’ even though we had a good year last year. Like I said, I think things change, and the situation is different. I see things different. How I’m preparing now is different. It’s different now. Thirteen is definitely different.

When asked if he was preparing now that he is in his 13th season, Suggs showed a much more relaxed side of himself and his work ethic.

I’m definitely not at my fighting weight. I’m pretty much at my walking around weight. Like I said, this is Year 13 for me. I can’t really by stressing. I used to always [say], ‘I need to be ready by minicamp,’ and it used to weigh on me; it used to bother me. I didn’t want to let it bother me this year. I just figured at the 13th year, I owe it to myself to sit, pace yourself. Therefore, when you do come in [for] camp [and] come down to the tail end of the season – Week 9, Week 10 – I still have something left in the tank. I’m just trying to pace myself and really not try to do too much right now.

Make no mistake though, Suggs still sees himself improving and reaching for the stars as a player.

Do better than I did last year. Two years ago I had 10 sacks, last year I have 12.5. Who knows? Who knows what we can do this year?

It has been interesting seeing the transition in Suggs throughout his career. Normally very brash and loud, he was far more reserved and more media conscious on Tuesday. He didnt even allow himself to be baited into a DeflateGate/Tom Brady question.

That’s a good bait question. I like it, I like it. But I don’t think it can. The guy is a winner. He has won with whatever kind of personnel he has had, so I don’t think it really tarnishes [his legacy]. But people … [The media needs] something to write about. Everybody needs something to write about, needs something to talk about. I guess [the Patriots’ storyline] is that. Our [storyline] was the deer antler, so it’s always something." (Reporter: "Say something.") "I’m not stepping into that puddle, OK? (laughter) I’m leaving it alone. They have people to handle that. I’m just going to stick to what we have to do here. But it’s whatever.

Hopefully the new, more mature Suggs translates into a better season than last year.