Is LenDale White too thin?
That was cautiously asked by Titans running back coach Earnest Byner, who compares White’s weight loss to a similar part of Byner’s career.
“I lost too much weight and people were able to topple me and knock me
over a little too easy. I think those are things [White] needs to be aware
of and make sure his strength is still good.”
White has famously lost more than 30 pounds this offseason as he heads into a contract year. Byner’s point may seem crazy, but maybe it’s crazy like a fox.
Despite all the jokes, White has statistically been one of the most efficient short yardage runners in the NFL the last two years.
He could conceivably lose some of his power with less weight.
Still, the trade off seems likely to be worth it. White should be better in situations other than his short-yardage duties.
The weight loss may leave us with fewer jokes to make, but should leave the Titans with a fresher running back at the end of the season.