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Michael Turner denies that he’s overweight

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Running back Michael Turner is in line for the smallest workload of his NFL career this season, something that the Falcons have explained as being about keeping him as fresh as possible down the stretch.

The Falcons haven’t mentioned his weight as part of the equation for spreading the backfield work, but it has come up elsewhere in Atlanta. On sports radio and elsewhere, Turner has been called overweight. In a video interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Turner denied those claims and said that he weighs the same as he has throughout his career.

Turner has always been on the beefier side of things. When you combine that with his severe fades toward the end of the last two seasons, it makes sense that people would wonder if he was out of shape. Regardless of the time of the season, though, Turner has long struggled to produce against strong run defenses and piled up big numbers against weaker opposition.

Perhaps that will be remedied by a better balance with other backs or with a stronger passing attack, something new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has been charged with bringing to town. For the Falcons to take the next step up the ladder, one or the other will have to result in a more effective run game regardless of Turner’s weight.

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10 Responses to “Michael Turner denies that he’s overweight”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 22, 2012 10:42 AM

    PUT DOWN THE DONUT!

  2. gambleonsports says: Jun 22, 2012 10:43 AM

    Smaller than the workload that he had in his San Diego days?

  3. saintswillwin says: Jun 22, 2012 10:48 AM

    Fortunately for Turner & the Falcons, they don’t have any Lombardi Trophys to weigh them down!!

    Bazinga!!!!

  4. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jun 22, 2012 10:50 AM

    i don’t understand why an atlanta fan would complain about turner’s weight unless he has blown up big time. his weight is exactly what makes him a unique and pretty special RB…

    the guy is tough to bring down even if he looks like he’s running in slow motion. and he bowls over secondaries when he gets through.

  5. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Jun 22, 2012 10:59 AM

    He left his burst in San Diego.

  6. jacobslatter says: Jun 22, 2012 10:59 AM

    Turner is just binge eating ‘cos he bummed he gotta shell out thousands a month to one of his baby mommas, Roddy White style. Nothing like comfort foods to ease da pain.

  7. steviemo says: Jun 22, 2012 11:49 AM

    The dude has a massive butt. That hasn’t stopped JLo from achieving great things. Secretariat also had very large hindquarters.

    When Turner’s career is over, look for them to put him out to stud.

  8. geo91 says: Jun 22, 2012 12:17 PM

    “I’m not fat! I’m big boned….”

  9. goodellsadouche says: Jun 22, 2012 12:32 PM

    maybe they should offer to restructure his contract to pay him in twinkies?

  10. andfitch82 says: Jun 22, 2012 3:07 PM

    @gambleonsports

    Exactly. I forgot that Turner was the primary back when he was in San Diego over that Tomlinson guy…

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