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Bryant McKinnie trying to slim down to 350 pounds

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We noted a month ago that the Ravens are urging left tackle Bryant McKinnie to get himself into better shape. McKinnie says that ideal shape for him means a slightly higher number on the scale than ideal shape for most of us.

The 6-foot-8 McKinnie told the Ravens’ website that he thinks 350 pounds is the perfect weight for him to be a Pro Bowler on the field and a healthy person off the field, so that means he’s trying to drop 15 pounds from his current weight of 365.

That would be that perfect weight, because when you get too light people start pushing you around,” McKinnie said. “That would take away my advantage.”

Weight has long been an issue for McKinnie, who got close to 400 pounds during the lockout, which contributed to the Vikings’ decision to cut him last year. McKinnie said he got himself into better shape during the season after the Ravens picked him up, and he met with the Ravens before they paid him his $500,000 roster bonus in March. That meeting was mostly an opportunity for the Ravens to make sure he hadn’t packed on the pounds since the season ended.

“They just wanted to see what I looked like physically, make sure I didn’t balloon up,” McKinnie said. “It was important for them to see me here working.”

If McKinnie keeps working and gets himself down to 350, he’s still talented enough to be one of the best left tackles in the NFL.

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  1. trollhammer20 says: May 4, 2012 11:42 AM

    365 pounds is almost two of me.

  2. hugejazz says: May 4, 2012 11:42 AM

    Very true that Mount McKinney didn’t get pushed around much. He just got spun like a little girl on a merry-go-round.

  3. chiadam says: May 4, 2012 11:43 AM

    350 pounds would only be a healthy weight for someone that is 12′ tall.

  4. minnesotablizzard says: May 4, 2012 11:43 AM

    McKinnie is not one of the best LT in the NFL, or else there just arent many good LT’s than…anyone that is a speed rusher can blow right by McKinnie, he is incredibly slow.

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: May 4, 2012 11:44 AM

    Sounds like time to go to the beach.

  6. mrstinkypants says: May 4, 2012 11:44 AM

    “slim” and “350 pounds” aren’t 2 words I would use in the same sentence.

  7. tylerdurden0 says: May 4, 2012 11:46 AM

    It is bikini season, after all.

  8. kwgator says: May 4, 2012 11:46 AM

    So is Ruben Studdard

  9. cleverbob says: May 4, 2012 11:48 AM

    When you’re that big, 15 lbs is two good sized dumps.

  10. jimmyhake says: May 4, 2012 11:49 AM

    How is 15 lbs a big difference for this guy? He is a monster

  11. sadviking says: May 4, 2012 11:50 AM

    OK…in a sense he’s right, the bigger you are the more weight to push around. Of course, there’s a huge difference between muscle weight and chocolate milkshakes weight. Muscle weight carries itself. Chocolate milkshakes weight is more bulk you have to carry on your own, meaning you have less strength left to fight back.

  12. fargovikesfan says: May 4, 2012 11:56 AM

    McKinnie (or McTurnstile as we called him in MN) never WAS one of the best LT’s in the NFL. One of the most overrated, yes, but far from one of the best.

  13. denverbronconj says: May 4, 2012 11:56 AM

    skinningcats says:
    May 4, 2012 11:40 AM
    Over/under on the age he dies of a heart attack? I would say the number is 44….

    Working in a hospital performing cardiac procedures…i concur…either a heart attack or congestive heart failure….when sedentary post career. He weighed 400 during offseason so it’s a guarantee that his weight will increase.

  14. sterling7 says: May 4, 2012 11:56 AM

    “When you get too light people start pushing you around”…………..HelllllllllllOOOOOOOOO Bryant McKinnie, people have been pushing you around like and old lady in a wheelchair for the past five years, you don’t have to believe me-just ask all the Minnesota Viking fans!!!!
    P.S. Bryant McKinnie’s nickname is “olay” as in the bullfighter letting the bull rush past him.

  15. im2fast4you123 says: May 4, 2012 11:56 AM

    So glad he isnt the vikings problem no more. The kalil era begins.

  16. sadviking says: May 4, 2012 11:59 AM

    Seeing that picture makes me miss having Matt Birk in Minnesota.

  17. rexismybff says: May 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    All you losers who give Rex Ryan a hard time need to shut the hell up. He’s still about 50 pounds short of McKinney’s ideal weight, I’ll bet you.

  18. Jon says: May 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    I don’t think my scale goes up to 350

  19. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 4, 2012 12:05 PM

    Matt Kalil said he likes his current weight of 306 pounds because you need to be quick to keep up with pass rushers. After watching guys run around McKinnie for years, I’m convinced that’s true. I’m so glad McKinnie is gone and Kalil will be here for the next decade.

  20. skolvikesskol says: May 4, 2012 12:08 PM

    10 years too late to actually concern urself w ur career… DBAG!!!!!

  21. nobby821 says: May 4, 2012 12:20 PM

    Shortly after his meeting, McKinnie walked 200 feet to the Ravens training facility, and lost that 15lbs.

  22. mediasloppy says: May 4, 2012 12:23 PM

    This guy just doesn’t get it. He can be 350 pounds if he’s in shape. He’s not. He’s a good LT until his gas tank is used up and he starts playing half speed. This guy has left more puke on the field than sweat and blood.

  23. basexc9 says: May 4, 2012 12:26 PM

    Christ, just don’t eat for a couple days

  24. wisconsinvikingsfan says: May 4, 2012 12:27 PM

    Mix in a salad once in a while dude. On the love boat mckinnie and smoot ate everything, and I mean everything.

  25. jebdamone says: May 4, 2012 12:31 PM

    in MN we really don’t like bryant. he honestly could be the best LT in the NFL if he cared AT ALL, but he never has. the fact that he appears to now be slimming down just pisses me off even more. i guess he finally realized that even a guy with as much talent as himself wasn’t going to last long in the league if he was out of shape

  26. superboys5x says: May 4, 2012 12:35 PM

    Well he just put his foot in his mouth so there is another 10 lbs he has to lose!

  27. jiggy3198 says: May 4, 2012 12:36 PM

    You do realize he’s 6 foot eight. 6 foot eight 350 pounds is not a massive fat slob. He will be in shape you believe the ravens offense of line. McKinney will be back.

  28. vikingsfanintexas says: May 4, 2012 12:38 PM

    Anyone else see the article where this knucklehead borrow around $4,000,000 against his 2011 salary during the lockout. Then took a big paycut when he signed with Ravens, so now he’s in financial trouble.

    Looks like it’s not just food that this guy can’t control. He’ll be out of the league, even fatter, and broke before you know it.

    And as a Vikings fan there were times when he was pretty good and times when he was absolutely horrid. All in all one of the most overrated LT’s I’ve seen.

  29. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 4, 2012 12:45 PM

    nobby821 says:May 4, 2012 12:20 PM

    Shortly after his meeting, McKinnie walked 200 feet to the Ravens training facility, and lost that 15lbs.
    _______

    Then he ate lunch and gained 20.

  30. jonnybrink67 says: May 4, 2012 12:46 PM

    This guy needs to lose weight so he lives past 50, not just to play football.

  31. stubbyjones says: May 4, 2012 12:48 PM

    You do realize he’s 6 foot eight. 6 foot eight 350 pounds is not a massive fat slob. He will be in shape you believe the ravens offense of line. McKinney will be back

    —————————-

    No but hes not 350… I bet hes around 400…

    Mckinnie was never truly in good shape, but always had that fat slob mentality…aint gonna happen..

  32. sudz28 says: May 4, 2012 12:49 PM

    I don’t know what happened to him the rest of last season, but I remember the first game of the season (against the Steelers) the dude was an impenetrable fortress. Every time someone tried to either go around or through him, he stonewalled them. Incredibly impressive performance, but I don’t remember him having nearly that good a game from that point forward.

  33. gordongetgo says: May 4, 2012 12:49 PM

    I can’t wait for the movie about the OTHER OT from Baltimore.

    The touching story of Bryant McKinnie trying to lose weight while “Jazzercising” and “Sweatin’ To The Oldies”. Join us for…

    “THE BEHIND WIDE”

  34. rbirving says: May 4, 2012 12:58 PM

    Mount McKinney has always had the ‘talent’ to be one of the best LTs in the league, he simply has never applied himself since he entered the NFL. He’s been a disappointment on and off the field. He’s big and fat, so he should be a good blocking tackle, but forget about pass protection. It hasn’t been his forte since he started being paid to play the game.

  35. taintedsaints2009 says: May 4, 2012 1:00 PM

    basically, it is his weight that keeps lineman away from the QB, and not skill.

    he just kind of falls into the rusher and lets gravity do the work.

  36. theytukrjobs says: May 4, 2012 1:01 PM

    If McKinney was committed to being the best, he’s be around 335 lbs. He wouldn’t get pushed around at 335.

    Joe Thomas is one of the best tackles going and he’s 6’7″ and 311 lbs. So at one inch shorter he’s 40 lbs lighter than what McKinney says is ideal. And Thomas doesn’t get pushed around.

    Truth is even at 335 lbs people would still try to go around McKinney and not through him. Bryant will always do the minimum required to keep collecting paychecks.

    If I were a Raven fan I’d be worried. Whenever McKinney starts talking about losing weight in the offseason he comes in heavier than the coaches expect. I’d honestly be very surprised if he shows up to camp under 365 lbs. Still a decent LT though so what do you do, take the good with the bad.

  37. jtwp61 says: May 4, 2012 1:04 PM

    gordongetgo says: May 4, 2012 12:49 PM

    I can’t wait for the movie about the OTHER OT from Baltimore.

    The touching story of Bryant McKinnie trying to lose weight while “Jazzercising” and “Sweatin’ To The Oldies”. Join us for…

    “THE BEHIND WIDE”

    ———————–
    Don’t forget when he tried playing tennis with the williams sisters to get in shape. His plan was just standing in one spot and asking them to hit the ball directly to him.

  38. mnajb says: May 4, 2012 1:20 PM

    Oh.. So he’s getting down to Alshon Jeffery weight.

  39. michfan says: May 4, 2012 1:20 PM

    The Vikings have a better chance at getting a stadium, than he does getting to 350.

  40. hedleykow says: May 4, 2012 1:34 PM

    I like my women tipping in at around 350, but 325 is plenty for a football player.

  41. rockthered1286 says: May 4, 2012 1:39 PM

    Flacco was sacked 31 times last year, which is spot on the league average. That being said, I’d venture to say 29 of them came from either Oher or McKinney. Our tackles are our crutch on O. I’m praying Jah Reid gets his time to shine very soon…

  42. heyguru1969 says: May 4, 2012 1:40 PM

    “Yes, I’ll take 3 Double-Baconators, 2 large curly-fries with extra salt, a large chocolate shake, a handful of hot apple pies (yes Ma’am, as many as you can hold in 1 hand), an ice cream sundae with caramel and sprinkles, 2 cookies, a chocolate milk, and a large Coke. For here. OH WAIT — sorry, make that a Diet Coke.”

  43. opneon says: May 4, 2012 1:42 PM

    I’m surprised and disappointed that the Ravens didn’t do more to find a new LT and LG, like the Steelers did. But they have a couple projects that may fit in eventually or Ozzie will find someone just like he did with McKinney last year. You can say what you want, but they had a good record, beat the Steelers and other division foes twice, and were one completion from the Super Bowl with very little star-power. I’m not saying they’re great, because it takes good health and good luck to make it that far too…but somehow they usually are there for the playoffs.
    This is going to be a tough year for them with their luck, age, and health running out…but if anybody can make the most of it…the Ravens can.

  44. ahostiletakeover says: May 4, 2012 1:49 PM

    I was the biggest proponent of the Ravens NOT signing McKinnie last year, but Gaither’s dumb ass forced their hand, and 75% of the time, McKinnie actually played better than I could have ever guessed. Thankfully, this is the last. Year of his contract and hopefully the Ravens get another plan in place ASAP. As others have said, I’d like to see him at less than 350, but what are ya gonna do? Hopefully he is more motivated than he (surprisingly) somewhat was last year.

  45. neer music says: May 4, 2012 1:52 PM

    well, if he makes the pro bowl, he’ll have an opportunity to embarrass a second franchise by flaking out of it last minute with zero notice.

  46. canedaddy says: May 4, 2012 2:44 PM

    You guys should watch football sometime… it’s a great sport. 350 is about right for a 6-9 OT. Jonathan Ogden (one of best ever) is also 6-9 and played at 345-350.

  47. dexterismyhero says: May 4, 2012 2:50 PM

    They are not having a pro bowl so he doesn’t get to eat Hawaii in 2013.

  48. mnnightowl says: May 4, 2012 2:51 PM

    “If McKinnie keeps working and gets himself down to 350, he’s still talented enough to be one of the best left tackles in the NFL.”

    Going to have to respectfully disagree with this. McKinnie could not possibly become one of the best tackles in the NFL due to his inability to handle speed rushers. I’d say his run blocking is about average, and he’s probably above average handling power DEs.

  49. rarson says: May 4, 2012 2:54 PM

    “trollhammer20 says: May 4, 2012 11:42 AM

    365 pounds is almost two of me.”

    365 pounds is almost two and a half of me.

  50. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 4, 2012 3:17 PM

    hedleykow says:May 4, 2012 1:34 PM

    I like my women tipping in at around 350, but 325 is plenty for a football player.
    ________

    Wisconsin native, eh?

  51. LogicalConsideration says: May 4, 2012 3:32 PM

    @thankheaven, No, you goof. Like me, hedleykow likes his women tipping in at around 350 because he likes 3 supermodels at a time. 117 each sounds about right.

  52. Frazier28/7 says: May 4, 2012 4:26 PM

    Matt Kalil is better, stronger, faster and has easier access to the internet from not being so fat.

    The only thing McKinnie was good at blocking was the buffet line, Hey-O!

  53. snowxlt says: May 4, 2012 4:46 PM

    MvKinnie was good player till u showed him the money——hes a lazy slob —–only reason hes slimming down is so he can be showed the money again——-he doeant care about Ravens jsut like he never cared about Vikings–show him the money and he will become a balloon and worthless again!!!

  54. backstageatapuppetshow says: May 4, 2012 4:50 PM

    No one slims down to 350 lbs…

  55. theripster30 says: May 4, 2012 4:56 PM

    He should call Richard Simmons.

  56. beeronthefridge says: May 4, 2012 4:57 PM

    McKinney could pursue a career as a sumo wrestler.

  57. jkffootballguy says: May 4, 2012 6:22 PM

    Bryant McKinnie had an offseason job when he was with Minnesota as a turnstile at Target Field. The Twins miss him more than the Vikings do.

  58. ravenzfan1 says: May 4, 2012 6:31 PM

    In the scheme of things Raven,he isnt much of a factor,unfortunately. He needs to get in shape,lose some weight,and thats the bottom line,or hes going to die. Period.

  59. johnnyquick says: May 4, 2012 6:58 PM

    sadviking says: May 4, 2012 11:50 AM

    OK…in a sense he’s right, the bigger you are the more weight to push around. Of course, there’s a huge difference between muscle weight and chocolate milkshakes weight. Muscle weight carries itself. Chocolate milkshakes weight is more bulk you have to carry on your own, meaning you have less strength left to fight back.

    ____________________________________________

    The new anatomy: muscle weight, bone weight, fat weight, organs weight, chocolate milkshakes weight, chips weight, beer weight, hamburger weight……..

  60. mindcrime401 says: May 4, 2012 7:11 PM

    Maybe he should ask Refrigerator Perry about that healthy weight and lifestyle. McKinnie better wake up before he ends up the same way.

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