Sharrif Floyd drops 30 pounds, feels ready for a big year

AP

When the Vikings drafted defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd with the 23rd overall pick in last year’s draft, it was widely viewed as a steal. But Floyd had a mediocre rookie year in Minnesota.

This year, Floyd expects to be better, in part because he’s thinner: Floyd, who weighed in at 297 pounds at last year’s Scouting Combine, ballooned up to 330 during his rookie season. Now he’s back down around 300, and he thinks it will make a difference.

I’m feeling a lot better,” Floyd told the Pioneer Press. “It’s much easier on my knees. . . . I feel good and have confidence in my body weight.”

Floyd was a backup last year but will be a starter this year, and he says his improved cardiovascular conditioning will be important.

“I just feel lighter,” Floyd said. “I feel healthier. I feel like I can last a lot longer in the games and stuff like that. I feel great all-around as a player.”

Thats good news in Minnesota, where new coach Mike Zimmer needs Floyd to be a big part of his defense.

51 responses to “Sharrif Floyd drops 30 pounds, feels ready for a big year

  1. Don’t you just love pre-season football reporting? Every player and team that stunk last year has finally gotten it figured out. Everyone is at the right weight, no one has that nagging injury anymore, and each team is looking like its ready to take the next step. Time to play the real games…

  2. I think it’s hysterical that the wide consensus immediately following the draft was that Sharrif Floyd was the steal of the first round and that Sheldon Richardson was the biggest head-scratcher.

  3. I think the atmosphere in the Vikings camp was too lax last year. Floyd should have been more than mediocre. Cordelle Patterson was said to have not worked very hard, and Erin Henderson showed up to practice hung over and still started at middle linebacker. The team was so bad at times it was painful to watch. I am glad that Zimmer turned up the heat. Guys like Floyd were in danger of becoming a bust but now could have a solid career. If he does, he has Zimmer to thank.

  4. Floyd illustrates the fallacy in the Viking fan base belief that all these first round picks equals a dynasty. What they seem to forget is the strength of any football team is in its depth, the quality of the next man up should there be an injury and Spielman acquired some of these first round picks by giving up latter picks in the draft, and in many case, multiple latter picks.

    Point being, if you are going to trade away depth, then there is added pressure to hit it on those first round picks. And when you don’t hit it, last place finishes, which seems to be the new norm in Mpls, is the consequence.

    There is always next spring, a new draft and a new paper championship to claim.

  5. If anyone can get the most out of Floyd, it’s Mike Zimmer; he has a reputation for that. There’s no question Floyd has talent, but it’s all about how hard he’s willing to work to be a great player.

    If the Vikings are going to have a successful season, Floyd is going to have to be an important part of that.

    The truth is that Kevin Williams’ play had fallen off in recent years, and the Vikings probably kept him around a year or two longer than they should have. But Floyd’s failure to step up and play well last year was a big mark against him.

    Sharif needs a big year this year. It’s put up or shut up time for him.

  6. Don’t you have to play to be mediocre? The 1st round waste sat the bench most of his first season.

  7. Everyone on defense who plays against the pitiful green bay Packers O line looks like a star! Could always be worse Floyd, you could have to play for the circus in green Bay.

  8. He had a mediocre rookie year because he was playing out of position. We will see what he does playing where he was drafted to play.

    Lol. Like Justin Harrell we had to hear about three years in a row?

  9. Sharrif Floyd drops 30lbs to be.. right where he was during his awful rookie season. Talk about motivated! All it took was the entire training camp and 3 weeks of preseason football.

    Not like… Everyone else who managed to come into camp healthy. Gotta love these Vikings, Floyd probably earned all those pounds playing Madden with Teddy. Our Maybe Rudolph bought him some extra meals. He’s making 3.5 million more than any other team would pay him.

  10. Frazier and his staff didn’t start/play rookies, that was their philosophy. They didn’t start Patterson until 4 games left in the season. All three are starters this year, so looks like another great draft to go along with the prior year where they got 2 starters in the 1st round in LT Kalil and S Smith and two more in S Blanton and K Walsh later.

    Not sure why Spielman hasn’t been GM of the year, but its coming. Vikings finally have things in place for a long sustained run. Another Spielman draft and we’ll be dominating the North like usual. More NFC North/Central championships than any other team.

  11. Once you get that Vikings stench in your system, recuperating is always an uphill battle. He was over drafted by the Vikings and us Packers fans are laughing at you.

  12. He knows he’s playing for one of the best team if not the best unlike playing for the team in little WI with terrible city, terrible fans and terrible team in NFL history. Just ask Favre and Sharper!!!!!

  13. Zimmer doesn’t like fat, out of shape D-Linemen. Floyd will toe the line under the new regime as far as conditioning goes, or he will be looking for another team.

  14. seatownballers says:

    This team will be atrocious without Jared Allen and Kevin Williams.

    If u still think that those two were our best defensive players you’re completely delusional. They are far past their prime. And btw you will be eating your words at season end. SKOL

  15. He was asked by the last regime to put on weight. Now Zimmers D relies on quickness and agility. Many Vikings by Zimmers request have lost weight this year to prepare for the season in a new system. Kyle Rudolph lost 25 pounds…

  16. He’s better than what clowns in WI will ever have. Guion? It makes me giggle when I heard Packers sign this guy. Again, Packers like to sign washed up players. Just as Pepper. LOL!!!!

  17. I just watched the Vikings Cardinals replay wow Teddy B looks legit. Throwing darts all over the place right on the money. Vikes can be real good if Zimmer gets the D in order.

  18. The previous coaching staff had him put on the weight. I’m so glad we have Zimmer as our coach now. He turns undrafted free agents into superstars. Can you imagine what he’ll do with a guy with Sharrif’s talent?

  19. The Vikings’ mediocrity over the last few seasons can be credited to Leslie Frazier, who had no business being a head coach (thanks, Rooney Rule), and to Rick Spielman, who to the amazement of many, myself included, still has a job.

  20. our little sisters to the East are “experts” when it comes to first round busts!!!! It’s in their DNA. Why do you think they can’t get past the first round of the playoffs? Ever since John Elway lowered his shoulder and urinated on the Packer defense they have never been the same!!!!

  21. He and his partner are more than likely headed for a big year. I think the VIKES D will be decent this year, which mean it will be right up there with the rest of the NFC North in terms of D. None of the teams in the NFC North have D that scare anyone although DET does have SUH for one more year and he is a beast.

  22. He looks a lot better in the preseason than he did at any time last year, I will give him that.

    Both Antony Barr and Teddy B look better than anticipated too. If the Vikings continue to hit on 1st round picks at the rate they have recently than its only a matter of time before they become real contenders again. Teddy B is the key though.

    From this Packers fans perspective, the entire NFC North division has improved this year, no more easy games for anyone. The Packers will have to be on point and stay healthy if they want to win the division again this year.

  23. Looked very good on Saturday, but let’s see how that translates to the regular season. The D-line depth is about the deepest on the roster, and if they keep up a decent rotation, he hopefully will have a good year.

    Pack fans have plenty of sharp sticks to poke Viking fans about, but the quality of D-linemen and D-line picks is certainly not one of them, as I’m not sure TT has ever had a solid round 1 D-line pick, particularly in comparison to the Vikings.

  24. I too am looking forward to this season as the NFC North looks to be as tough this year as everyone expected last year. Hopefully injuries to key players don’t occur this year. I’d hate to beat the Packers twice this year because of an injury to Rogers, would rather beat them fair and square.

  25. I’m not sure TT has ever had a solid round 1 D-line pick
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    What are you talking about? What about Datone Jo…Nick Per…B.J. Raj…Justin Harr…Jamal Reyn…

    Never mind.

  26. He is kinda the forgotten 1st rounder, we’ve added 7 in the last 3 drafts… 7 first round picks in the last 3 drafts, think about that… it’s interesting.

  27. A little history lesson for everyone in PFT today!!! ENJOY…. I know I sure do!!!

    1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years. In Turd Thompson you cheese trolls still trust???
    Sincerely,\
    2014- HE HE TIX TOX (currently on 3rd string defense, ? if he will make the roster even)
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST (40 million dollar signing bonus!!)
    2011 – Derek Sherrod –BUST (Ted Thompson gave over 25 million up front)
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST (over 30 million at signing)
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST (Fabio is getting close can’t stay healthy)
    2008 – NO Pick (forgot to turn in draft card)
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST, (Ted is talking about bringing him back)
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST (working on an extension to play until he is 50/0 probowls)
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST (Given or 80 million dollars from shareholders)
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST (rumored to still be on the practice squad)
    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST (Ted Thompson wants him to un retire)
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST (Rumored to be trying a comeback per Ted Thompson)
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

  28. thegreenandcold says:

    Sharrif Floyd drops 30lbs to be.. right where he was during his awful rookie season. Talk about motivated! All it took was the entire training camp and 3 weeks of preseason football.

    Not like… Everyone else who managed to come into camp healthy. Gotta love these Vikings, Floyd probably earned all those pounds playing Madden with Teddy. Our Maybe Rudolph bought him some extra meals. He’s making 3.5 million more than any other team would pay him

    he lost weight to play at his college weight of about 295. Last year he was up around 325 because frazier wanted him to bulk up and zimmer wanted him to shed the weight.

  29. purpleguy says:
    Aug 22, 2014 11:44 AM
    Looked very good on Saturday, but let’s see how that translates to the regular season. The D-line depth is about the deepest on the roster, and if they keep up a decent rotation, he hopefully will have a good year.

    Pack fans have plenty of sharp sticks to poke Viking fans about, but the quality of D-linemen and D-line picks is certainly not one of them, as I’m not sure TT has ever had a solid round 1 D-line pick, particularly in comparison to the Vikings.

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    Datone Jones played fewer snaps than Floyd last year, but had better stats.

    You were saying?

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