Jaguars tell Terrance Knighton he’s too fat

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.”

23 responses to “Jaguars tell Terrance Knighton he’s too fat

  1. 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. 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’.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

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