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Of Terrell Suggs and the Browns punter

By Pat McManamon

In the past 24 hours, the Browns claimed a punter on waivers from Jacksonville and news broke that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs evidently tore his Achilles tendon.

On this one day, this single day, the Browns won over the Ravens.

Suggs’ injury will have a serious effect on the Ravens, except that they somehow managed to land Courtney Upshaw in the second round of the draft.

Upshaw will not be Suggs, but he at least gives the Ravens some feeling of comfort.

That being said, Suggs is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. So his loss will be significant.

Or will it? Someone I know well who is very close to the Ravens told me once to check out the games when Suggs gets his sacks. He loads up against bad teams, but doesn’t’ get many against good ones.

Let’s check the 2011 record then, when Suggs had a personal best 14 sacks (as I check I honestly do not know if the portrayal is accurate or just chatter).

Suggs had a three-sack game against Pittsburgh when the Ravens knocked the snot out of the Steelers in the opener. He had three against San Francisco on Thanksgiving night. He had three against the woeful Colts. So two of his three multi-sack games were against good teams.

Those three games accounted for almost two-thirds (64 percent) of his sacks.

He had no-sack games against Tennessee (nine wins), the Jets (eight), Houston (10), Pittsburgh in game two (12), Seattle (seven), Cincinnati (nine) and San Diego (eight).

What does that mean? I have no idea, to be frank.

It basically means that Suggs is one heck of a player that every team in the division would love on their defense. I mean, the guy has sacked Ben Roethlisberger 15 1/2 times. And profootballfocus.com named him the seventh best player in the league.

Whether the Browns closed the gap on the division winners thanks to the addition of a second punter is debatable. Suggs really is that good.

However, the Browns claim of Spencer Lanning from Jacksonville does bring to mind the good old days when Butch Davis added Derrick Frost to the roster during a season when he had Chris Gardocki.

A team, as we all know, can never have enough punters.

The shame is Lanning’s addition removes Colt McCoy’s chance to revive his career as a punter.

However, if there is a time for two punters it’s now, when Reggie Hodges is coming off an Achilles tendon tear (a la Suggs) and when the Browns really don’t know the identity of their punter.

The offseason gives the Browns a chance to look at both and keep the best.

But I wonder: When do the Browns get the first question about if and when Hodges will be traded?

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