Bryant McKinnie shedding some pounds

AP

In what has become an annual rite of summer, Bryant McKinnie shows up to training camp large, then gradually becomes less large.

It’s no different this year, as the Ravens left tackle has dropped a few pounds since showing up over his prescribed weight of 346 pounds.

That kept him off the field earlier in camp, but after several days of intense cardio work, he’s moving better now, and can actually complete a practice.

I’m better this year,” McKinnie said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “The first day, I was inside. I did cardio the whole time. I was kind of drained the second day. I was kind of catching up. That kind of set me right. I’m good now.”

McKinnie said he’s also lifting fewer weights, saying strength isn’t his problem. He didn’t have to take the conditioning test because he completed a high percentage of the offseason workouts.

“Bryant is just too heavy right now,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said earlier in camp. “He needs to lose weight. He’s in good shape and he has good cardiovascular fitness, and I can tell he’s worked hard, but I wasn’t real comfortable putting him out there at that weight.

“Yeah, we’re both disappointed. I’m not sure who’s more disappointed, Bryant or I, because he was pretty darn disappointed, but I was feeling pretty disappointed myself. We had a long talk about it.”

And now begins the long, annual process of managing his weight until he’s effective again.

33 responses to “Bryant McKinnie shedding some pounds

  1. If McKinnie is cleared to practice, you know football is getting close. Does anyone else think he should after football strike a deal with McDonald’s? They could make a new burger called the “McKinnie”.

  2. He’s going to be fine. The Steelers crybaby defense is going to hit that brick wall and fall flat on their backs.

  3. Don’t you get the impression he doesn’t do an ounce of working out in the offseason?

    Forget about it affecting his play now. When someday he’s not forced to work out to get paid, he’ll be about 5 bills and need to be cut out of his house. And that’s not a dig ravens fans, a truthful observation.

  4. Even Elite athletes have issues with food and controlling their diet.

    McKinnie is a good player, it makes you wonder how much better he could be if he could keep the diet in check.

    He’ll really need to do that in his post-playing days so he does not balloon up.

  5. I understand pro athletes want to take some time off, but there is no excuses for players to show up to training camp out if shape…worse yet are the repeat offenders.

  6. say what you want, but the two factors that led to the Ravens’ SB win were Caldwell being put in as OC and the oline being retooled ( of which McKinnie was the centerpiece).

  7. Bryant McKinnie is a Super Bowl champion left tackle. So any of you Eagles, Browns, Bengals, Vikings, Texans, Panthers, Jaguars, Bills, Titans, Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals, Chargers, or Lions fans wanna talk about his conditioning and all that, maybe your left tackles should actually try and WIN a Super Bowl. Maybe just one? Oh wait none of your teams have ANY rings. The Baltimore Ravens have TWO. The second in part because of the contributions of McKinnie on the left side smashing pass rushers the entire 2012 playoffs. Quit talking. Rings don’t lie.

  8. Well, last year, they didn’t get that process completed until the playoffs. Say what you want about other guys starting because they were better. We all know, he was the best option at LT last year and spent some time in the dog house because of his work ethic.

    He’s the best option at LT this year as well. If he can get to where he was last year in the playoffs, by opening day this year, that’s a nice improvement for both him and the team.

  9. no arguement here crown. without motivation he will be a modern day haystacks calhoun. that being said he is very talented and hopefully have a great season

  10. He better lose more than a few pounds to keep up with Timmons knifing by him to truck over Pierce on his way to destroying Rice.

  11. Trent Dilfer has a ring. Dan Marino doesn’t. Excuse me for considering Marino a FAR better quarterback than Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer.

  12. ” he’s moving better now, and can actually complete a practice.”

    Lol. Sounds like they gave him a laxative so he could “move” better and quickly shed weight.

  13. siggtacular says: Aug 2, 2013 9:43 AM

    Bryant McKinnie is a Super Bowl champion left tackle. So any of you Eagles, Browns, Bengals, Vikings, Texans, Panthers, Jaguars, Bills, Titans, Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals, Chargers, or Lions fans wanna talk about his conditioning and all that, maybe your left tackles should actually try and WIN a Super Bowl. Maybe just one? Oh wait none of your teams have ANY rings. The Baltimore Ravens have TWO. The second in part because of the contributions of McKinnie on the left side smashing pass rushers the entire 2012 playoffs. Quit talking. Rings don’t lie.
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    It’s that kind of attitude that’s going to make the Ravens miss the playoffs this year. They got their ring, so now they can do whatever they want. I’d rather have players that are hungry to get a ring or another ring than players who are just hungry.

  14. “He better lose more than a few pounds to keep up with Timmons knifing by him to truck over Pierce on his way to destroying Rice.”

    Those guys won’t be on the field the same time.

    More like “Timmons knifing by him only to get leveled by the Vonta Leach express while Rice hey diddle diddles right past him into the secondary filled with those recent castoff of signings.”

  15. He wasn’t really saying the ring makes him better then other LTs in the league, he was just pulling the we have 2 rings and your franchise have none card. That being said they are still a long way from the top in championships.
    Ravens dominate, see above, they still gave a long way to go to be the best franchise.
    Joemontanaflacco, the steelers held you under your season average of yards, passing yards, rushing yards, and points scored, tell me again how your line dominated the steeler defense?

  16. “He better lose more than a few pounds to keep up with Timmons knifing by him to truck over Pierce on his way to destroying Rice.”

    Yes, those 3 tackles/game are real offense killers.

  17. “Can actually complete a practice.” Not too many HOF plaques contain these remarks I suspect. The ONLY thing that matters to a professional athlete is the condition of his body, and look how this load behaves each year. It is most difficult to believe that there is not another large player somewhere with respect for themselves and their mates who would play at LEAST as well as this mope without being under double-secret probation regarding his gluttony. He should be ashamed to present himself on paydays, however, it is obvious “shame” is a feeling with which he has no understanding.

  18. siggtacular says:
    Aug 2, 2013 9:43 AM
    Bryant McKinnie is a Super Bowl champion left tackle. So any of you Eagles, Browns, Bengals, Vikings, Texans, Panthers, Jaguars, Bills, Titans, Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals, Chargers, or Lions fans wanna talk about his conditioning and all that, maybe your left tackles should actually try and WIN a Super Bowl. Maybe just one? Oh wait none of your teams have ANY rings. The Baltimore Ravens have TWO. The second in part because of the contributions of McKinnie on the left side smashing pass rushers the entire 2012 playoffs. Quit talking. Rings don’t lie.
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    I like where you’re coming from, but that’s sounding an awful lot like a steelers fan, let’s not get too full of ourselves…

  19. crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 2, 2013 10:51 AM
    He better lose more than a few pounds to keep up with Timmons knifing by him to truck over Pierce on his way to destroying Rice.
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    ummm pierce doesn’t block for rice… and he aint gettin be leach that easy, did you forget we resigned him…?

  20. fdugrad said
    “Can actually complete a practice.” Not too many HOF plaques contain these remarks I suspect.”

    Every once in a while someone has a quote that is so spot on that it has to be repeated.

  21. All of you saying Pierce doesn’t block for Rice – you forget JH implemented the new waterboy strategy, just plugging in guys anywhere.

    Not only wouldn’t I be surprised if Pierce was playing some fullback, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ngata playing some wideout. He’s already in better shape than Jones, so….

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