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Jaguars tell Terrance Knighton he’s too fat

Philip Rivers,  Terrance Knighton AP

Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is getting some hard truths from the team’s coaching staff: He’s too fat to succeed in the NFL.

The 25-year-old Knighton, who’s listed at 336 pounds but reportedly weighs considerably more than that, had his worst season as a pro in 2011, and Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker says he has leveled with Knighton about the fact that he needs to lose weight.

“I’m not going to tell you anything I haven’t told Terrance,” Tucker told Alex Marvez and Jim Miller on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “He knows this is put-up-or-shut-up time right now. He knows he can be a dominant player if he keeps his weight under control. Now is the perfect time to get that right. He knows that, ‘If I’m going to be the player I need to be and can be and have the respect of my teammates and coaches, there are certain things I have to do on and off the field.’ Weight management is one of those things. That’s a major part of it.”

Knighton should benefit this year from having a full off-season conditioning program, whereas last year he was left to his own devices — and his own kitchen — during the lockout. Tucker says he believes Knighton will work hard to take the weight off.

“I believe he’s fully committed to doing that this out-of-season, and we’re going to help him with that,” Tucker said. “That’s the great part about it: Coaches and players working hand-in-hand to help this football team. That’s what it’s going to take. He’s fully committed.”

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23 Responses to “Jaguars tell Terrance Knighton he’s too fat”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 25, 2012 8:27 AM

    He is too fat! And the lockout did force him away from the team where the coaches could have staved off his showing up to camp so fat that they wouldn’t let him take the field. That being said, the dude’s nickname is “Pot Roast,” so don’t expect much.

    Maybe he needs to start dating a nutritional specialist or something. I don’t know. But Pot Roast is a run stuffer and we need to get him on the field as opposed to having him hurt late in the season.

  2. canetic says: Jan 25, 2012 8:31 AM

    It’s amazing that someone could play a full football season and still weigh 336 lbs.

  3. rexachss says: Jan 25, 2012 8:31 AM

    Just tell him he’s a heart attack in waiting ..the will wake him up

  4. roastbeefsandwich says: Jan 25, 2012 8:44 AM

    Weight is not the same as fat. A LB isn’t “fatter” than a WR, he’s built differently. He could be “fat” or just not in the proper condition.

  5. aaroncurryisbust says: Jan 25, 2012 8:45 AM

    336 but considerably more in reality? What does he eat, humans?

  6. plt2006 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:49 AM

    Knighton knows this is an issue and has spoken about it in the past, most notably during his second season. The lack of access to the team’s resources definitely hurt him last offseason in terms of keeping his weight under control. You’d hope that he would have taken the initiative to find and work with someone on his own, but that’s water under the bridge at this point. Gene Smith also told him that if he can keep himself in playing shape that he could set himself up for a payday that would take care of him and his family for the rest of their lives. That’s how much the front office and this team think of him. He just needs to go out and do it now. I certainly hope he does for his sake and for the Jags’.

  7. jmagnet28 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:57 AM

    Big deal. The Jets have been saying that to Rex Ryan for three years now.

  8. talkintrashallday says: Jan 25, 2012 9:02 AM

    who cares about off-season and the lockout? you’re a PRO ATHLETE – this isn’t middle school! you’re a grown man – take care of yourself! if i was getting paid like him, i’d have a 6-pack!!

  9. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jan 25, 2012 9:03 AM

    that’s what jeffrey lurie (said with a lisp) needs to tell andy reid.
    what wood johnson needs to tell rex ryan.
    what jerry jones needs to tell rob ryan.

  10. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jan 25, 2012 9:06 AM

    btw, isn’t that politically incorrect? after all isn’t calling someone ‘fat’ mean.
    it’s called calorically challenged.

  11. bigvinnyinjax says: Jan 25, 2012 9:08 AM

    He’s a good player. If he keeps his weight under control he and Alualu could form a fantastic foundation in the middle of the line for years to come.

    He’s a good guy, and the nasty comments people are making about him are unwarranted.

  12. fittytuckin says: Jan 25, 2012 9:08 AM

    Oh wait. Is he a great big fat person?

  13. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 25, 2012 9:17 AM

    Little in the middle, but he got much back.

  14. cubano76 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:17 AM

    I think he looks like a fine tunned athletic machine!

    -Vince Wilfork

  15. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jan 25, 2012 9:27 AM

    jmagnet28 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 8:57 AM
    Big deal. The Jets have been saying that to Rex Ryan for three years now.
    ——————————
    Now that’s funny.

    Pot Roast will get it together. He’s a good player. No lockout this offseason the team will make sure he’s doing the right thing. Besides when your GM tell you to “get your weight under control and you and your family will be financially set for life” that should be enough motivation and if it isn’t then he’s just another draft pick to add the Gene’s bad drafts.

  16. megabeast37215 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:30 AM

    He was worthless pretty much all season long, but he could still hold the point pretty well. Being that he is fat and short, that makes him pretty tough to move.

    Being 336 isn’t that heavy if your 6’6 or more. I’m 6’6 320lbs and I have a gut on me, but I’m not morbidly obese by any stretch of the imagination. Pot Roast is 6’1 and realistically about 360lbs. His butt is gargantuan, it’s so easy to identify him on the sideline because he’s the guy who looks like he has saddle bags on his hips.

    His best season was when his weight was under control. He was explosive, powerful and could chase down the play from behind (some what). He even had pass rush skills at the proper weight, not so much as Tyson Alualu (w/o his bum knee) but Terrance was able to consistently push the pocket.

    I think he is in a contract year this season or the next so I fully expect him to do whatever it takes to land that big money deal. However I fear that once he gets paid, he’ll turn into a big mondo fatass eating tons of his grandmother’s Mac-n-Cheese. I hope I’m wrong.

    Go Jags!

  17. frankdatank23 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:33 AM

    too fat for fatball…….

  18. broncobeta says: Jan 25, 2012 9:34 AM

    Terrance is flubbergasted.

  19. firerogergoodell says: Jan 25, 2012 9:56 AM

    Sounds familiar. He’ll probably go to the Ravens and have the best season of his career! F U Bryant McKinnie!

    Signed,

    A Vikings fan that watched Charlie Johnson play LT all year

  20. shackdelrio says: Jan 25, 2012 10:19 AM

    If Knighton can get into any semblance of shape, he will be dominant. Especially when the team adds a d-end in free agency or the draft.

  21. hardate says: Jan 25, 2012 10:26 AM

    I think 88% of his weight is carried in his Hams and Hocks.

    Dude is awesome if he could stay around 310.

  22. blasterpastor says: Jan 25, 2012 10:56 AM

    My 7’1″ brother-in-law weighs less than this guy. Sorry, Terrance, you’re fat and your health is in danger. Lose the weight and be the player you were meant to be before you keel over on the field!

  23. swagjag says: Jan 25, 2012 11:23 AM

    Before you post some ignorant snarky comment trying to impress your boyfriend, you might want to take a look at the guy for who he truly is. The weight story is old; it just has a fresh soundbite. He will come in to camp just fine. He has all the motivation in the world.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7319240

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