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.