Staley, Suggs help each other raise their games

Staley, Suggs help each other raise their games
August 11, 2014, 6:00 am



Two very good players. Joe’s doing a good job. Suggs obviously gives him a lot of things to worry about. His style is a unique style. . . For Joe, it’s a great challenge every day to sharpen his blade.
Greg Roman

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OWINGS MILLS, Maryland – Terrell Suggs, a six-time Pro Bowl player, feels as if he is benefitting greatly from the experience of practicing against the 49ers.

And, for that, the Baltimore Ravens pass-rusher tips his cap to 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, who has earned trips to the past three Pro Bowls.

“You’re not going to find too much of a better tackle than Staley,” Suggs said. “He’s definitely one of the premier tackles. I’m not just saying that, he is one of the best tackles in the league, and it’s phenomenal to work against the guy every day. It’s been a very beneficial camp for me.”

The regular Suggs-Staley matchup was the most star-studded of the individual battles on the Ravens’ practice field through the first two days of joint practices. Suggs, an 11-year pro, has recorded double-digit sacks in three of the past four seasons.

Suggs said he and Staley have communicated briefly to exchange information on techniques. Both players have taken advantage of the rare opportunity to practice against an opponent of such quality.

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“That’s a really good matchup,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “Two very good players. Joe’s doing a good job. Suggs obviously gives him a lot of things to worry about. His style is a unique style. . . For Joe, it’s a great challenge every day to sharpen his blade.”

It was not long ago that the teams faced each other in Super Bowl XLVII. And they’re scheduled to meet in the 2015 regular season at Levi’s Stadium. But before that, there’s a chance that they could meet again for the NFL championship.

“They’re an NFC team and we’re an AFC team, and you’d never have thought the two teams would get along so well,” Suggs said. “But I guarantee you, if we had to face them in Arizona in February (in Super Bowl 49), there wouldn’t be that much brotherly (love).”