DT Knighton's weight a concern for Jaguars during lockout

Posted June 11, 2011 @ 12:40 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

No team in the league places a greater emphasis on acquiring high-character guys than the Jaguars, led by GM Gene Smith. Since taking over as the club's general manager in January of 2009, not one Jaguar has been arrested under Smith's watch.

So while troubled players like Titans WR Kenny Britt likely have caused new Titans head coach Mike Munchak and his staff some sleepless nights of late, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio can rest easy knowing that his players are keeping their noses clean.

But that does not mean Del Rio isn't worrying about what his players are up to.

DT Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton, who has been a dominant run-stuffing force at times in his first two seasons, has wrestled with keeping his weight down since being selected in the third round of the '09 draft.

Knighton showed up to last year's training camp overweight, and Del Rio admitted that the defensive tackle's play was affected late last season because he was carrying extra weight.

Last week, for the first time, the Jaguars' players opened their unofficial workout to the media. Among the noticeable absences at Atlantic Coast High School in Jacksonville were Knighton, RB Maurice Jones-Drew and TE Marcedes Lewis.

There could be any number of reasons why Knighton was not in attendance, and it is important to remember that these are 100 percent voluntary workouts. But there is little question that the Jacksonville coaching staff would like to see Knighton participating with his teammates considering the coaching staff can't keep tabs on him during the lockout.