Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown is one of the NFL’s best offensive linemen, and he played at an elite level in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, with his performance in 2012 being especially memorable. Not only does Brown excel as a pass blocker, but he’s also been a solid run blocker throughout this career. However, his play slipped last season to less elite levels, and it sounds like a drop in weight can be attributed to some of those “struggles” in the running game.
According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Brown lost 12-15 pounds in the offseason last year in an effort to get thinner and do a better job of pass protecting, especially against speedier edge rushers. His drop in weight didn’t help him out after all, and he isn’t the first player to realize that changing your playing weight doesn’t always help. He stated that he’s gaining back that lost weight this offseason, and it sounds like it should help him out next time.
Brown said, “I lost a lot of weight last year and I’m off that. I’m staying pretty big these days.”
The 28-year-old is a perennial All-Pro player, and I expect a 2014 season that is similar in quality to his monster 2012 campaign.