“I’m going to score more touchdowns in 2014, I just know it,” A.J. Green to himself in the mirror, in the morning, probably.
If you’re not sure why I’m so excited about a few pounds, I suggest you click here, here, and here. Basically, WRs who are bigger (in both height and weight) are more productive in the red zone, and more likely to score TDs in general.
If you had asked me to name two highly athletic, very tall WRs1 who could benefit from adding some weight, my answer would have been the two names we’re talking about. So I’m pretty excited. More importantly, this puts Hunter’s estimated weight right around 208, which means there’s a good chance he’s going to be playing this season over 210 lbs. Similarly, this puts Green’s weight at 214, soundly above that 210 threshold.
This probably won’t increase Green’s perceived value very much; he’s already regarded as a top-tier WR. But it should increase his upside. Green probably would have posted a career year this season anyway. Barring injury, I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t with the added weight.
This is fantastic news for Hunter. He did more than add a few pounds, he added a significant amount of weight. More heartening, it shows that he’s been working hard during the offseason. I like that he shows the dedication, but more importantly, I like it because I know the old coaching staff didn’t like Hunter’s behavior for some reason. Hopefully this is an indication of cheerier relations with the new staff. Either way, Hunter’s a physical freak with an Explosion Score of 175.5 who also ran a 4.44 40.2 It certainly helps that he plays on a team without a true WR13. I’m going to be targeting Hunter much more aggressively after this news.
Both WRs cited a desire to play more physically as their reason for putting on weight. I’m just going to consider that a euphemism for “score more touchdowns”.