NFLN survey/feared player: Falcons

January, 9, 2014
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It’s no surprise most players voted for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as the most feared player in the NFL. His name has been mentioned a time or two within the Atlanta Falcons' locker room.

I would fear Suh, too, if I knew there was a chance he could end my career with a cheap shot, as he has developed a reputation for doing. Just ask Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub or Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. They both got their kicks hanging around Suh.

Personally, I once witnessed Suh slap Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to the ground, so I know how much anger he plays with on the field. At the same time, most folks would be surprised how polite and engaging Suh is once you get him one-on-one in the locker room.

This survey, however, wasn’t about off-the-field presence. On the field, Suh makes his presence felt, whether you like him or not.

And by the way, the Falcons get a chance to see Suh up close next season when the Falcons face the Lions in London (Oct. 26). Matt Ryan had better hope he has better protection by then.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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