Anthony Spencer said this week that he’s gained “a strong ten” pounds, up from 253--his playing weight last season-- to 263 in anticipation of his move from outside linebacker in a 3-4 to defensive end in Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 system.
“I changed my diet for the first couple of months,” Spencer explained, per ESPN Dallas. “I usually don’t eat a lot of red meat, burgers. I just ate whatever I wanted to and then after that I got back to the weight room and leaned up.”
Spencer’s counterpart DeMarcus Ware, who is also making the move from linebacker to end of course, has also spent this offseason putting on mass, a move that’s made easier, Spencer says, by the fact that both men came out of college as defensive ends.
When making that original jump, from college defensive lineman to NFL linebacker, they had to slim down. Spencer believes returning to end will allow the pair to play at a more natural weight.
“They pretty much preach speed,” Spencer said. “The thing is getting off and using speed and athleticism to beat blocks. But at the same time we went down in weight to be outside linebackers, so this pretty much gets us back to our ideal weight.”
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