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The challenge of conversion

Posted by Albert Breer  May 6, 2010 10:58 AM

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Suggs had to endure a couple seasons of quarterbacks shouting "Check 55!!", and adjusting to throw at him. But the end result was his becoming a better and more versatile football player.

The Patriots' hopes for Cunningham would have to be that he'll embrace the challenge, partly out of necessity and partly out of a desire to become a weapon for the defense as a whole.

“It makes you a more dangerous player,” said Suggs. “Teams can’t key on you. When you’re just rushing, or always blitzing, they know the pressure’s coming. But if you can do it all, and drop in coverage, the defense can be disguised better, and you’ll make more plays."
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