Some people were concerned when they saw how flabby Jameis Winston looked at his Pro Day on Tuesday.
Jared Lorenzen was not one of those people.
In fact, Lorenzen – perhaps the heaviest quarterback to ever play football – feels that having a few extra pounds under center isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“You’re not outrunning people,” Lorenzen said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “You still got to have your quick feet. You still got to have your mobility, quick arm release, all that. But I don’t think being big at the quarterback position is a bad thing. I was talking to some people earlier: Name me the last big quarterback that got hurt. You look around the league, all these skinny guys that can run around – RG3 – all these guys are always hurt. The big guys are used to it. We can take the pounding. We can take what it’s like to play 16 to 20 games a season.”
Indeed, while running backs, wide receivers and linebackers, among others, are typically ripped, quarterbacks typically aren’t.
“Yeah, we keep our shirts on,” Lorenzen said. “We’re just regular guys because there’s so much more to the position than being fast. We’re not running the speed option here. We’re not asked to run 20 and 30 yards. I just don’t see where it’s a huge benefit to be down as skinny as you can be.”
Lorenzen said he knew something had happened at Winston’s Pro Day because his Twitter feed “started going crazy.” He doesn’t believe people should make judgements about Winston’s work ethic or commitment to football just because he doesn’t have a six-pack.
“Everybody goes back to the famous picture of Tom Brady when they saw him (when he was a sixth-rounder),” Lorenzen said. “By no means is (Winston) going to be Tom Brady, but by no means is he JaMarcus Russell, either. He’s not me. He doesn’t look that big. He’s just a big guy. If I had any advice to give to him, I would say everybody that’s talking right now, just block it out unless it’s your agent or the Tampa Bay Bucs – because that’s all that matters right now.”
To be fair, though, it’s one thing to take a chance on an un-athletic sixth-rounder like Brady. It’s quite another to take a guy with the first overall pick and make him the face of your franchise. It only makes sense that we question Winston’s physique a little more, right?
“I don’t think that what he’s doing right now is anything crazy,” Lorenzen said. “I don’t think he’s 30 pounds overweight and not working out and all that. I just think he’s a little bit bigger. Nothing crazy. Like you’re saying, there’s going to be a spotlight on him because he’s going to be the No. 1 overall pick. He’s just got to block as much out of that as he can. I thought he had a pretty good pro day. He threw over 100 passes, completed over 90 of them. Yes you would expect that at a pro day, but he’s just got to do what he’s got to do to make Tampa Bay happy.
“Plus, he’s going to be down there in that Florida heat. It’s hard to be big in that Florida heat.”
Lorenzen, who played at well over 300 pounds, spent the first four years of his professional career with the Giants.
“I had an excuse,” he said. “In New York, it’s cold.”