Gradually, Washington builds up

Posted by Darren Urban on May 31, 2012 – 9:55 am

When Daryl Washington first arrived in Arizona, special teams coach Kevin Spencer asked him if he was the new strong safety. (I’m not sure if Spencer was joking, but I’m guessing he knew exactly who Washington was.)

“That there told me I needed to put on some weight,” said Washington, the Cards’ emerging star at inside linebacker.

Washington was 228 when he first got to the NFL. Last season, he came in at 234 pounds. He weighed in last week, at the start of OTAs, at 243 pounds and “I didn’t feel it.”

“Is it a good thing? Yes,” Washington said. “I am going to lose weight. I don’t plan on playing that big.”

Washington had a very good year in his second season, hitting all his goals —  although he is still lamenting the three interceptions he dropped or lost because of penalties, which would have given him his preseason goal of five for a total. He’s turning into exactly what the Cardinals hoped for when they made him a second-round pick, replacing departed free agent Karlos Dansby (and even wearing Dansby’s number.)

The weight will naturally adjust as Washington goes through training camp and the season, he said. His ideal weight is around 238 pounds, which will make him around 245 with pads on. This was always the plan, he said. Strength coach John Lott told Washington when he arrived not to worry about adding pounds because it would be a natural progression. “Now,” Washington said, “I can see it.”

“Plus,” he added, “my speed is still the same.”

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18 Responses to “Gradually, Washington builds up”

  1. By Brian on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Beast! Now he just needs to hang on to a few of those picks he could have taken to the house

  2. By Ron on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Great story on Washington. I know I’m going off the subjest but Darren do you know if Nike will come out with the black alternative cardinals jersey or was that a 1 time thing with Reebok?

  3. By Darren Urban on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ron —

    RE: Black jerseys

    Those should be out near the season.

  4. By SteveG on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    I see a large contract in this young man’s future….Rapidly becoming a “core” player….

  5. By stevedco on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    As a TCU alum and Cardinals fan, DWash has always been a favorite. Was estatic to see the Cards trade up to get him and even more elated to see him develop into a Pro Bowl caliber ILB.

    As ADub closes out his career, a new leader on defense should emerge in DWash.

  6. By maskin on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Oh man I cant wait he is going to be a monster!!!!!

  7. By WhySoSer on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully we can keep these guys healthy till the season.

  8. By Bill on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Cards need to start looking at resigning him and soon. Feel he is going to have a breakout year this year and he needs to and deserves to be paid.

  9. By Logan Cooper on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    D-Wash is by far my favorite on the defense. I love how the linebackers are all about business and O-Scho adds a little flair to the LB’s.

  10. By brad oneill on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    you mean dansby used to wear D Washington’s number. He is at that age where you can put on power and weight and maintain speed. He was a great surprise and is starting to carve out a chunk of football field where the opposition fears to tread. I absolutely love his speed and delivery.

  11. By CreditCard on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    Inside Lb’s career stems on the NT talent

  12. By INSOMAN1ATIC on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    As much as I would love to see Washington just dominate the ILB spot to be thrown in the conversation of who is better with someone such as O say…Patrick Willis…I hope he does it AFTER they lock him up long term.

  13. By Cactus jeff on May 31, 2012 | Reply

    What about Schofield and Acho, have they added some weight?

  14. By Darren Urban on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    Cactus Jeff —

    RE: Weights

    I haven’t asked them.

  15. By Eric Y on Jun 1, 2012 | Reply

    I see Pro Bowls in this guy’s future. Stay healthy!

  16. By Dre on Jun 2, 2012 | Reply

    D wash is a stud speed kills and he got a lot

  17. By Eazy E on Jun 3, 2012 | Reply

    Some dudes just are great at there weight. He ain’t ray lewis or brian urlacher at 250 and 258 respectively. He may just be at 230,235 and do all that he needs to do to be a great ILB like those two hopefully. Lenon is like 235, 240 too.

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