Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw admitted recently that he’s overweight, saying he had some “personal issues” that had prevented him from working out this offseason. But Ravens coach John Harbaugh says the issue is simple: Upshaw eats too much.
“He’s working really hard, [but] Courtney’s weight issue – which he does need to lose some pounds – is that he doesn’t eat right,” Harbaugh told the Carroll County Times. “Courtney eats too much, and he doesn’t eat all the right foods. He knows that’s something that he’s going to have to get a handle on or he’s not going to be the best he can be. He’s aware of it. We have everybody in our building involved in it. He’ll be in fighting shape. I promise you that.”
The 6-foot-2 Upshaw wasn’t exactly skinny during his rookie season, when he was playing at 270 pounds, and he now says he weighs about 285. So he’s clearly got some dieting to do, but if he does slim down, Harbaugh sees big things ahead for him.
“My first thought is that he is playing pretty well,” Harbaugh said of Upshaw. “That’s my first thought. He understands the defense exceptionally well.”
Now he needs to gain an understanding of proper nutrition.