Gerald McCoy slims down looking for bigger production
One of the most closely-guarded secrets at One Buc Place isn’t what you might think.
The playbook will always be off limits to anyone unauthorized. Likewise, it seems Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s current weight is also not for public consumption.
Multiple efforts by reporters today to get the svelte McCoy to share the figure were playfully rejected by the fourth-year player, but this much is certain: McCoy is slimmer, noticeably slimmer. And he thinks that will help him produce more, despite playing a position where size and strength are important prerequisites.
“I actually came in 10 pounds lower than my goal weight,” McCoy said. “People always keep asking me, ‘What are you going to do different after you made the Pro Bowl?’ Like I said a long time ago, that’s in the past. The only way to repeat or keep it going is to work harder than every before. (The team) gave me a (target) weight and said come in at this weight. I said, ‘I’ll show you.’ I came in 10 pounds lighter than they wanted me to.”
McCoy, listed at 6-4 and 300 pounds, said he has lost about 25 pounds since the start of the team’s offseason program in early April. That takes into account some postseason weight gain that occurred during downtime after the Pro Bowl, he said. McCoy estimated he’s down about 10 pounds from his 2012 playing weight.
Asked whether he’ll be adversely affected against bigger opponents, McCoy said he’s going by feel.
“Me personally, I trust my coaches and I trust the system and I trust what we do here,” McCoy said. “However, I have to step across those white lines and I have to play. I know my body better than anybody. So, I know what I feel good at and where I’ll be most confident. So, that’s why I came in lighter than what they wanted me to be at.”
In the locker room, McCoy will not only look different but, perhaps, act a bit differently. He said he is taking on the challenge of filling the leadership void created by the retirement of Ronde Barber.
“I’m not really doing anything differently but kind of just taking on more of the role I’ve been given,” McCoy said. “I’ve always had somewhat of a leadership role. . . But the leader, that spot was left open when (Barber) left. I’m just kind of filling in, not doing anything different. Just trying to take the leadership I already had to another level.”