Last summer I wrote a column about John Lott’s desire to have many players — including stars like Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner — play a little slimmer. That hasn’t changed.
The Cardinals’ strength and conditioning coach said he wants linebacker Joey Porter, who has been listed at 255 and is 250 right now, to play this season at 240 pounds, “I want to get Joey back to the weight he was at Colorado State, get him like a little chihuahua around the edge,” Lott said.
“The one thing these guys understand, in my opinion, is when someone is trying to honestly trying to help them,” Lott said. “I’m not saying I’m the messiah or belong in Canton, but I have some reference to me now. Joey is another Bryan Cox to me. You won’t have a better teammate than Bryan Cox, but if he’s on the other team, you hate him. I’m glad we have Joey. But I want Joey to have the best year of his career. When he does that, I sleep well at night.”
Beanie Wells played at times in college at 250, Lott said, but was in the 230s last season and ideally would be in the 220s.
Not every player needs to lose. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie dropped to 169 pounds after his knee surgery, but he is back into a solid 184 pounds (and, having seen him, DRC does look surprisingly thick up top, which should help him). “He felt he had a down year last year, I know he had a down year last year and we are looking for bigger things out of him,” Lott said. (And if DRC is making the Pro Bowl on a down year, what does that mean if he has a “good” year?)
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