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Jeffery Simmons planning to play at a lighter weight this year

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Titans Protective Tackle Geoffrey Simmons took part in the team’s mandatory mini-camp to close out the off-season program and said he was focused on football rather than contractual matters despite being eligible for a contract extension for the first time.

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One of the things he thinks about is “trying to be more devastating” to opposing attacks so he can be the “better version” of himself for the team. One way Simmons thinks he can achieve that goal is by playing at a lighter weight.

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Simmons played at 312-315 last season, and this time he set a different goal for himself.

“Playing in the trenches, all that stress on the joints and stuff like that takes a toll on the body,” Simmons said via the team’s website. “If I can keep playing at a consistent level and weight, I think that will help me avoid injury later this season. I feel good when i’m light. I still feel strong, I still feel like myself. I think I will be stable, maybe 295 or 300, maybe in that range, I think it will be good for me and I can help the team in the best possible way by staying healthy.”

Simmons set a career high with 8.5 sacks last season and three more in the playoffs when he lost to the Bengals, so he was effective at the higher weight. If less mass results in even more pocket chaos, the Titans will be happy with a more compact version of their Pro Bowl quarterback.



Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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