Leaner, Meaner in 2010: Jacksonville Jaguars’ Eugene Monroe Cuts Weight

July 19, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This (pictured) is Eugene Monroe, Jacksonville's first round pick—the eighth overall—in 2009. He doesn't look out of shape, especially for an NFL offensive lineman: big arms, big shoulders, big base.
There's just some extra hanging around.
At last year's rookie combine, Monroe tipped the scales at 309 pounds. By the time he signed with the Jaguars and suited up for their first preseason game, he had bulked up to 329.
Again, not a bad build—just a little unnecessary flab. Watching Monroe play in tune-up games and as a 16-game starter at left tackle, his impressive quick feet, strong hands, and menacing demeanor were always on display.
As, unfortunately, was a hint of sluggishness.
According to Luke Richesson, Jacksonville's second-year strength coach, that won't be a problem anymore. On June 15, Richesson mentioned in an interview that Monroe has cut his weight down to 300 pounds.
"He's 17 percent body fat and he's brutally strong," Riches...

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