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Lunch Break, August 22: Trimmed Down Floyd Poised For Breakout Season

Posted Aug 22, 2014


Leaner Floyd still fits in

Sharrif Floyd made a conscious effort to change his diet and lean up this offseason and it seems to be paying off as the second-year player from Florida has stuck out throughout camp and preseason.

Chris Tomasson from the Pioneer Press writes that the slimmed down Philadelphia should fit well with Mike Zimmer’s defense:

The 6-foot-3 Floyd weighed 330 pounds before he gave up eating meat March. When he showed up for training camp last month, he was down to 300 and moving well.

"I'm feeling a lot better," he said. "It's much easier on my knees. ... I feel good and have confidence in my body weight."

Now, Floyd will start the regular season as the replacement for Kevin Williams, who departed as a free agent after 11 seasons as a starter. He's vowing his weight loss will give him some serious staying power.

"I just feel lighter," Floyd said. "I feel healthier. I feel like I can last a lot longer in the games and stuff like that. I feel great all-around as a player."

With Floyd's weight loss and improved technique, Vikings coaches are looking for him to be a better pass rusher. 

With the third preseason game looming, we all should get a good look at Floyd’s improvement Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. The starters are expected to get a longer look when they suit up at Arrowhead Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Quick Hitters

- More Vikings took part in the ALS challenge as the aforementioned Floyd accepted his challenge (watch the video above) from his former coach Will Muschamp. Also, kicker Blair Walsh took part after being challenged by his former teammate at Georgia Drew Butler, now a punter with the Detroit Lions, and professional soccer player Jozy Altidore.

- Master Testfatsion from Star Tribune profiles undrafted free agent Antonio ‘Tiny’ Richardson for print as well as an on camera piece.

- John Holler from Viking Update: Vikings climbing Forbes’ chart, up to 20th.