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Gerald McCoy has slimmed down this offseason

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The Buccaneers are planning to put a lot on the shoulders of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy in the coming season and he’s going to have less weight on his frame to carry the burden.

McCoy has lost 20 pounds this offseason thanks to a combination of “diet and working” and explained last week that it was part of his effort to continue improving after a breakout 2012 campaign landed him a spot in the Pro Bowl.

“I just want to build off last year. I don’t want to remain standing,” McCoy said, via Ryan Aber of the Oklahoman. “I want to keep moving forward, whether it’s baby steps of whatever, just keep moving forward and getting better, be the ultimate professional and being more prepared than the next man.”

There are questions about what defensive ends Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn will do in expanded roles and the answers are more likely to be positive ones if McCoy dominates the attention of opposing blockers.┬áBig shifts in weight can have unintended consequences, such as an increase in explosiveness and burst coming at the expense of strength that McCoy might need at the point of attack. That’s something we’ll find out in the fall, but the prospect of a quicker McCoy knifing through gaps up front is one that carries great promise for the Tampa defense.

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4 Responses to “Gerald McCoy has slimmed down this offseason”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 23, 2013 10:26 AM

    “Big shifts in weight can have unintended consequences, such as an increase in explosiveness and burst coming at the expense of strength that McCoy might need at the point of attack. ”

    Two thoughts:

    (1) it’s not an “unintended consequence” to increase explosiveness and burst when dropping lbs. It’s an intended consequence.

    (2) in dropping lbs., the idea is to minimize lean-tissue weight loss – and to burn off the lipid tissues. In other words, losing fat will NOT cost one their strength — to the contrary, it will allow one to better utilize the lean tissue they do have. Again, this is not an “unintended/unexpected consequence” and instead, fits squarely into the intended consequences category.

    The overall and overriding idea is to ultimately become a more impactful, more productive, higher performing player on Sundays. McCoy looks like he’s utilizing some hard work and self-discipline to do just that — kudos to McCoy.

  2. jeagan1999 says: Jun 23, 2013 10:41 AM

    GMC is looking good! If Bowers and Clayborn can return to form from their injuries, the Bucs front 4 could be a real force to be reckoned with…the Bucs secondary is already much improved over last season. I think if Freeman improves his consistency over last year, the Bucs will be playing in the post season…definitely a team on the rise!

  3. lgbarn says: Jun 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    The guy is a leader on the field and off. There will always be comparisons with Suh and he certainly is a beast on the field. But I’m glad the Bucs have someone like GMC to represent their franchise.

  4. doncaballero1 says: Jun 23, 2013 12:00 PM

    I’m glad we landed with McCoy instead of Suh, both still have such a long way to go but McCoy seems like a much more consistent, steady individual. He just keeps improving, he’s probably our best player.

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