Friday, September 4, 2009
AFC North observations: Suggs ready
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
With AFC North starters not playing much -- or at all in some cases -- here are some notes from the final slate of preseason games:
- We will start with a personal observation: I think it’s safe to say Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowler Terrell Suggs is ready for the regular season. Suggs, who missed a full month with a heel injury, wanted to test himself for the first time this preseason and quickly recorded three tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss in limited action against the Atlanta Falcons. Suggs has routinely missed training camp for various reasons the past few years, and it has always helped him with fresh legs. This year appears to be no different.
- A player who flashed Thursday night and needed it was reserve receiver Demetrius Williams. He led the Ravens with four catches for 77 yards, including a 39-yard reception. Baltimore’s coaching staff like Williams’ ability but needs to see him stay healthy and show more consistency. Perhaps this performance will give Williams some momentum heading into the regular season.
- Neither Brady Quinn nor Derek Anderson started or played for the Cleveland Browns Thursday night against the Chicago Bears. A lot of teams didn’t play their starting quarterback, but it was a very interesting move by Browns coach Eric Mangini not to play his top two quarterbacks. It furthers his goal to create intrigue, uncertainty and keep people guessing. Most likely, the Browns will not name a starter until we get closer to the Sept. 13 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
- If there was any remaining doubt that Stefan Logan would make the Pittsburgh Steelers’ final 53-man roster, the return specialist erased it with an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown in a victory over the Carolina Panthers. Logan, a CFL import, has been opening eyes in Pittsburgh all summer and won the return duties with an impressive preseason.
- If the competition was even between Cincinnati Bengals running backs Brian Leonard and DeDe Dorsey, I don’t know how the team can separate the two after Thursday’s preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts. Cincinnati ran the football well all night, and Dorsey and Leonard were the team’s leading rushers with 68 and 64 yards, respectively. Cincinnati likely will have to choose between Leonard and Dorsey Saturday, making for one of the toughest roster decisions in the AFC North this weekend.