Despite the presence of veteran Cornell Brown, the plan is to get Suggs acclimated quickly. Brown started 14 games at outside linebacker last fall.
"Anyone is going to fight for his spot, but the best man is going to win," Suggs said. "I really don't know who that is yet because I've never seen him play."
Meanwhile, rookie quarterback Kyle Boller, the Ravens' other first-round selection, worked with the second offense behind starter Chris Redman. Boller is in competition with Redman, but that process is only in the beginning stages.
Based on initial impressions, there won't be any friction between Redman and Boller. Redman telephoned Boller before he arrived for minicamp and invited him out to dinner.
"I think the way Chris has extended himself to Kyle in a competitive situation, that's a lot to ask of a guy," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.
Boller showed off a strong arm during his first practice with the Ravens, muscling off-balance throws to his tight ends. He also was able to go through his progressions to locate secondary reads downfield.
"At this level, there's not very much time to make mistakes," Boller said. "You've got to know your reads and know where you're going with the ball."
As for when or if he'll be declared a starter, Boller noted how premature it is to begin what's bound to be a summer of speculation and preoccupation.
One year ago, Boller was regarded as a second-day pick or a free agent.
Under Cal coach Jeff Tedford's tutelage last fall, he passed for 2,815 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in leading the Golden Bears to a 7-5 mark.
"My expectations are that I'm going to take it slowly," Boller said. "I'm concerned about understanding the offense. After that, we'll see what happens."
STARTING LINEUP: Although Billick insisted that he has no established starting lineup yet, the offense and the defense did look a bit different.
Will Demps was back at free safety after being replaced late last season by Anthony Mitchell. "Someone has to go out there first," Billick said. "We're a long way from establishing who's on first and who's on second."
INJURED: Tom Knight, who is contending for nickel back duty, hurt his leg during passing drills and didn't return. Knight has a history of hamstring problems.
The rest of the signees: LB Amon Arnold (San Diego St.); RB Ryan Brewer (South Carolina); LB Chris Brown (Hawaii); WR Todd Devoe (Central Missouri St.); DT Trey Freeman (Stanford); LB Brenden Givan (Stillman); TE Lamar Hill (New Mexico St.); Airabin Justin (Northern Arizona); QB Grant Noel (Virginia Tech); K Dan Nystrom (Minnesota); CB Artie Smith (Northeastern); WR Hugh Smith (South Florida); LB Nick Stamper (Lambuth) and RB John Tippins (Washington St.).