Joe Mixon heading into camp 12 pounds lighter than last year

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The Bengals expect Joe Mixon to be their “bell cow” in the backfield in his second season and Mixon’s preparation for that role included cutting some of the weight he carried as a rookie.

Mixon played at 230 pounds last year, but is down to 218 pounds with training camp getting underway next week.

“I was working in that heat,” Mixon said, via the team’s website. “I feel like that’s where I play my best. I was trying to get low last year but I wasn’t able to make it. I feel real good. My body feels real good. I feel like I’m in really good shape.”

Mixon ran 178 times for 626 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games during his rookie season. He closed the year with 18 carries for 96 yards in a victory over the Ravens and that’s likely the kind of performance the Bengals hope to see on a regular basis this season.

Regardless of what it says when Mixon steps on the scale, improved offensive line play will be crucial to making that happen. First-round center Billy Price and left tackle Cordy Glenn were brought in to help make that happen and the coming weeks should start to provide some answers about how that attempt will play out.

19 responses to “Joe Mixon heading into camp 12 pounds lighter than last year

  1. Sometimes a few extra pounds on a running back isn’t the worst idea. Jerome Bettis didn’t miss too many games in his career and his running style consisted heavily on running directly through defenders.

  2. He may be happy about it but the I guarantee the Bengals are not. 218?! For a RB? You’d better be 5’6” if you’re 218lbs in today’s NFL and Mixon is 6’1”! I am NOT ok with this at all. Why did he have to lose any weight at all? All he needed last season was an offensive line that wasn’t a POS (Russell Bodine especially… poor Bills fans haha).

  3. uk2ndbestinthestate says:
    July 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    He may be happy about it but the I guarantee the Bengals are not. 218?! For a RB? You’d better be 5’6” if you’re 218lbs in today’s NFL and Mixon is 6’1”! I am NOT ok with this at all. Why did he have to lose any weight at all? All he needed last season was an offensive line that wasn’t a POS (Russell Bodine especially… poor Bills fans haha).

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    Adrian Peterson hit the combine at 6’1 217 and played his entire career around 220. Plus you’ve got smaller backs like Dion Lewis at 190-195 trucking and stiff-arming guys. He’ll be fine.

  4. He got so many skins in the off-season he lost weight. Incredible what hittin skins can do for your physique.

  5. uk2ndbestinthestate says:
    July 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    He may be happy about it but the I guarantee the Bengals are not. 218?! For a RB? You’d better be 5’6” if you’re 218lbs in today’s NFL and Mixon is 6’1”! I am NOT ok with this at all. Why did he have to lose any weight at all? All he needed last season was an offensive line that wasn’t a POS (Russell Bodine especially… poor Bills fans haha).
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    Melvin Gordon
    #28 RB6′ 1″, 215 lbsLos Angeles Chargers,

    Do you know how many RB`s in the top 10 weighed 230 lbs? ZERO!

  6. Losing that much weight is super easy. You can do it in like 2-3 days. Drink a bunch of water, only eat protein, and go to hot yoga every day. Boom your 10-15 lbs lighter. Every single time.

  7. Out of all the nfl rushing leaders of the last 10 season
    only two of them weighed 3 lbs. or more than Joe Mixon.

    I expect him to total more than 500 RECEIVING yards (if healthy).

  8. Eric Dickerson – 220 lbs. (1″ taller)

    Marcus Allen – 210 lbs. (2″ taller)

    Curtis Martin – 210 lbs. (3″ shorter)

    Edgerrin James – 214 lbs. (1″ shorter)

    o.j. simpson – 212 lbs. (1″ taller)

  9. What you want to bet that he will be the first RB to get ejected for using his helmet as a battering ram?

  10. James Jackson says:
    July 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    Sometimes a few extra pounds on a running back isn’t the worst idea. Jerome Bettis didn’t miss too many games in his career and his running style consisted heavily on running directly through defenders.
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    Deuce McAllister always had a gut when he played too.

  11. johnc44 says:
    July 19, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    uk2ndbestinthestate says:
    July 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    He may be happy about it but the I guarantee the Bengals are not. 218?! For a RB? You’d better be 5’6” if you’re 218lbs in today’s NFL and Mixon is 6’1”! I am NOT ok with this at all. Why did he have to lose any weight at all? All he needed last season was an offensive line that wasn’t a POS (Russell Bodine especially… poor Bills fans haha).
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    Melvin Gordon
    #28 RB6′ 1″, 215 lbsLos Angeles Chargers,

    Do you know how many RB`s in the top 10 weighed 230 lbs? ZERO!

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    Nfl leading rushers 2017

    2. Todd Gurley 224lbs
    3. Le’veon Bell 225lbs
    6. Jordan Howard 224 lbs
    8. Leonard Fournette 228lbs(yeah right)
    9. C.J. Anderson 225lbs only 5’8″
    10. Ezekiel Elliott 228lbs

    Its quite conceivable that a few of these guys played at or above 230 lbs last season. Durability is a major factor in leading the league in rushing, and having some extra muscle and fat packed on helps.

  12. If I was Marvin Lewis, I can only imagine how much stress eating he does. I give him a pass for his extra weight….but, that’s all I give him a pass on.

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