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Terrell Suggs slimmer for Ravens, eyes return to form

It's no secret that Terrell Suggs wasn't the same player last season.

The Baltimore Ravens linebacker made an impressive comeback from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, but he was noticeably heavier and slower on the field.

His production didn't lie. A year after piling up 14 sacks and winning Defensive Player of the Year honors, Suggs finished with two sacks in eight regular-season games.

"Everybody could tell that I wasn't really the player I've been known to be around here," Suggs said Wednesday, according to the Ravens' official site.

"I told my team that last year I kind of took it for granted that we got to work together," he said. "It's really flattering that I get to go out and practice with the guys in June."

Physically, Suggs now looks more like the dominant player the Ravens remember. Suggs "attacked" the offseason, and he looks noticeably slimmer. He won't say how much weight he's lost, but the goal is to regain the quickness that helped make him become one of the NFL's most dominant defenders.

Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are gone, but don't be surprised if the Ravens have a better defense in 2013. A lot of that goes back to Suggs, who is primed for a serious bounce-back season.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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