Suggs responds to call for pressure

Kicking battle still tight between Cundiff, Graham

August 21, 2010|By Conor O'Neill, The Baltimore Sun

LANDOVER — — Using a mix of speed and power, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs blew by Washington Redskins rookie tackle Trent Williams to pressure quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Coming from McNabb's blind side, Suggs nearly recorded a safety on the first play of the Redskins' third possession.

He sped around Williams and had McNabb lined up for a sack in the back of the end zone, but McNabb was able to avoid the rush at the last second and step up in the pocket.

"I just wanted to get it going," Suggs said. "When the ball moved, I moved with explosion. It could be because I'm lighter and had one hell of an offseason — a great workout program and diet."

On the same possession, Suggs drove Williams into the backfield on a third-and-1 rushing attempt, which allowed Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody to record the tackle 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

In the second quarter, Suggs went around Williams to record a sack for a 5-yard loss on first down.

Last season, Suggs was unable to fully participate in training camp because of a heel injury. This year, though, he has been a full participant in training camp.

"What a difference a year makes," Suggs said earlier this month. "This year I'm taking full-fledged advantage of [participating], and I feel good."

Zorn returns

If Jim Zorn has any ill feelings toward the Redskins, he doesn't air them publicly.

Before coming to Baltimore as the quarterbacks coach, Zorn spent two seasons as Washington's head coach, finishing with a 12-20 record.

As the team struggled to a 4-12 record last year, Zorn, who was fired and escorted from the Redskins facility in the early morning after a season-ending trip to San Diego last year, was a central figure of criticism for the team's failures. But Zorn has no hard feelings about how his final months in Washington were handled.

"I've never had any animosity," Zorn said earlier this week of his former team. "You just get fired and you just move on. It's how we have to handle it or we could go sit in our rooms for a few weeks and mope and feel sorry for ourselves."

Nakamura shows moves

Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox lined up to snap the ball as the Ravens' offense prepared to punt for the third time in the first half.

But instead of snapping to punter Sam Koch, the snap went to up-back Haruki Nakamura, who ran down the heart of the field for a 51-yard gain to the 1-yard line, setting up the Ravens' first touchdown.

"You had to like the call [special teams coordinator] Jerry Rosburg sent in on the fake punt," coach John Harbaugh said. "The Redskins looked like they had it figured out a little before the snap, but Haruki handled it and made the play."

Nakamura, entering his third year in the league, is a backup safety and valuable special teams player.

Last year, he missed the final seven games with a broken ankle.

Ravens ready for McNabb

On Nov. 23, 2008, McNabb was battered by the Ravens to the point that the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback was benched in a 36-7 Baltimore victory over McNabb's old team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the game, McNabb was 11-for-26 for 206 yards. He threw two interceptions, was sacked twice and lost a fumble.

But Harbaugh expected to see the McNabb who led the Eagles' attack for 11 seasons and has a career quarterback rating of 86.5.

"He's a premier quarterback," Harbaugh said after Thursday morning's practice. "We're going to see a few of those guys this year, so it's good for us to see that."

Fisher and McClain earn starts

For the second straight preseason game, Jameel McClain started at inside linebacker next to Ray Lewis.

McClain recorded three tackles and two hits on the quarterback Saturday.

Last week against Carolina, McClain had two solo tackles. He is battling Dannell Ellerbe and Tavares Gooden for a starting linebacker position.

Gooden, who was dealing with neck tightness earlier in the week, entered the game on the first three third-down opportunities.

Corey Fisher started at cornerback opposite Fabian Washington, who received his first action in this year's preseason.

Fisher also started last week against Carolina, when he recorded three tackles.

Kicking competition still tight

Billy Cundiff, who made two extra points in the Ravens' 17-12 preseason-opening win against the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 12, nailed field goals of 26 and 42 yards in the second quarter and drove one kickoff a yard into the end zone and another to the goal line.

Shayne Graham, who went 1-for-2 against Carolina, made his only extra point of the first half and also sent a kickoff to the goal line.

Saturday's inactives

The Ravens were down to just five healthy offensive tackles in their second contest of the preseason.

Before Saturday night's game, the team deactivated Jared Gaither, Oniel Cousins and Stefan Rodgers.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.