Reporting to camp at a stout 218 pounds--though some reports have him at 220--Jones now weighs more than the 27-year-old Barber, who turned up at a trim 214. Like Barber, Jones’s transformation was brought on by concerns over durability--and with good cause. Each has missed time in each of the past two seasons as the result of injury.
In Barber’s case, the thinking is that a slimmer frame will equal more burst, and therefore less contact; for Jones, the hope is that, when contact is made, his body will be more adept at absorbing it.
"Anything that helps me out," said the typically soft-spoken Jones of his weight loss, per the Dallas Morning News. "It's a physical game. I think this will help me out throughout the season."
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