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Chris Johnson says he wants to be heavier and sturdier

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As Titans running back Chris Johnson attempts to bounce back from a disappointing 2011 season, he thinks getting bigger will be a big part of that.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Johnson currently weighs 200 pounds and wants to gain a few pounds between now and the start of training camp. Players naturally lose a few pounds while sweating through August practices, but Johnson said he’d like to weigh about 197 or 198 pounds during the regular season, after playing last year at 191.

“I want to be a little heavier because it makes me feel a little sturdier and it helps me make it through the whole season with the bumps and bruises,” Johnson said.

Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said early this month that he was impressed with how hard Johnson was working at putting on muscle, spending five days a week in the Titans’ weight room. Johnson also said he’ll be running hills to build up his leg muscles.

So Johnson won’t be gaining weight like most of us, by drinking soda and eating french fries. And he’s hoping that gaining weight the right way will have the right results, after a season in which not much went right for Johnson.

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25 Responses to “Chris Johnson says he wants to be heavier and sturdier”
  1. newenglandsports11 says: Jun 22, 2012 12:01 PM

    The problems with Americans these days…

  2. essentialsausage says: Jun 22, 2012 12:07 PM

    I think that’s a terrible idea. In today’s NFL, big running backs get their legs torn off. Barry Sanders hardly ever missed a game because he always avoided being hit hard. He was only 5′ 8″ and 200 pounds.

  3. effedinLA says: Jun 22, 2012 12:08 PM

    It worked for Lendale White! Be a Titan!

  4. cleverbob says: Jun 22, 2012 12:13 PM

    The right blend is somewhere between LaRon Landry and Bryant McKinnie.

  5. greglloydrules says: Jun 22, 2012 12:15 PM

    He also need a new face….uggh.

  6. scottieplongballs says: Jun 22, 2012 12:19 PM

    Coming from the self proclaimed best rb in the league. Got paid now you stink. AP All Day!

  7. ryan7977 says: Jun 22, 2012 12:19 PM

    **essentialsausage says:
    Jun 22, 2012 12:07 PM
    I think that’s a terrible idea. In today’s NFL, big running backs get their legs torn off. Barry Sanders hardly ever missed a game because he always avoided being hit hard. He was only 5′ 8″ and 200 pounds.**

    yes, and 5’11″ johnson said he wants to be around 197-198. sounds about the same to me…no?

  8. kws767 says: Jun 22, 2012 12:20 PM

    and i want a full body tattoo of myself, just 2″ taller…lol steven wright…

  9. corchamp says: Jun 22, 2012 12:24 PM

    Gotta get more gold in dem teef

  10. fdugrad says: Jun 22, 2012 12:31 PM

    Even if he adds some weight / muscle, he still won’t be THAT big, just, perhaps a bit slower. Couldn’t that make him a bit more crunched and smunched?

  11. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 22, 2012 1:10 PM

    Chris Johnson’s problem has never been size. His play went downhill when his 4.24 forty speed became a memory.

  12. dasmol says: Jun 22, 2012 1:11 PM

    Ask the raiduh fans how their wives did it.

  13. tombradyswig says: Jun 22, 2012 1:27 PM

    bigger gold teeth will make you heavier!
    I got it, gold teeth, with diamonds, AND EMERALDS!!
    hey, they might even help your speech, ummm, na, prob not!!

  14. texans3four says: Jun 22, 2012 1:48 PM

    “Sounds good… more of you for us to smash!”

    Sincerly,
    Texan’s Defense

  15. mortimeryoung says: Jun 22, 2012 2:06 PM

    I wish I was a little bit taller
    I wish I was a baller
    I wish I had a girl who looked good
    I would call her…

  16. e5again says: Jun 22, 2012 2:17 PM

    Sounds like he wants to be more like Adrian Peterson!

  17. siaaa says: Jun 22, 2012 2:29 PM

    he needs to shut up during the off season and let his play do the talking when football starts.

  18. elmaxoh says: Jun 22, 2012 2:38 PM

    You don’t need to be heavier when you run a 4.24 40yard dash … You just need to be mature !

  19. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 22, 2012 2:39 PM

    Why do I get the sense he’ll never be even nearly as good as he was just two short years ago?

  20. swingondeesenuts says: Jun 22, 2012 2:40 PM

    I actually think Johnson will have a solid rebound season this year. His hold out and the shortened off season really set him back. You saw him looking good by the end of the season once he got in shape plus he didn’t take nearly as many hits as he did the year before. He’ll be a steal for a lot of people’s fantasy football drafts this summer.

  21. essentialsausage says: Jun 22, 2012 2:41 PM

    “Even if he adds some weight / muscle, he still won’t be THAT big, just, perhaps a bit slower. Couldn’t that make him a bit more crunched and smunched?”

    ————————————————–

    Yes, exactly.

  22. titanryan says: Jun 22, 2012 3:29 PM

    Right, because coming in heavier and slower worked out so well last season…

  23. seehoxrun says: Jun 22, 2012 3:38 PM

    Being slower might not be so bad so he doesn’t out run his protectors but what he really wants is to be like marshawn Lynch …. Fat chance loozer

  24. backinblack67 says: Jun 22, 2012 3:56 PM

    Try humble instead

  25. prmpft says: Jun 22, 2012 4:18 PM

    he couldn’t possibly be Turdier that’s for sure.

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