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Jaguars coach Gus Bradley delivers funny line about Telvin Smith's quest to gain weight

Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley enjoys a light moment while talking to fans during a luncheon last week.  Will.Dickey@Jacksonville.com-
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley enjoys a light moment while talking to fans during a luncheon last week.

It's early, but Gus Bradley delivered what might end up being one of his funniest lines of training camp on Friday.

I asked him about rookie outside linebacker Telvin Smith's quest to gain weight. The fifth-round pick from Florida State is listed at 6-foot-3, 218 pounds. The Jaguars would like to see the speedy Smith get well into the 220s.

After I asked Bradley if Smith had gained weight (Smith told me earlier he had), Bradley fired off this zinger:

"Yeah, he did. I said, 'What are you, 218?' He said 219. I think he's very conscious of it. Leave him alone on that alright. I think he's going to come up with a complex on that."

Smith is trying to earn a spot in the nickel package, allowing the Jaguars to take advantage of his coverage skills. Bradley complimented Smith's reactionary quickness, but said the coaches are working with him on cleaning up his footwork.

When I talked to Smith, he said one challenge during camp will be not losing weight.

"I'm up right now, pushing 220," Smith said. "I'm trying to get into the 220s. I've got to get through camp and hold it on."

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274 points
Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

I understand that young guy's metabolism is probably going a mile a minute. He's going to need an off-season of eating protein bars and a lot of healthy carbs. Go buy gallons of ice cream. It'll help.

403 points
Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 12:07 am
Premium Member

Telvin...come on over to my
house and we will put some
weight on U ! I have never had
that problem....trying to put on
weight. Go Jags!!!

1429 points
Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 9:37 am
Premium Member

As they say, "guess you had to be there...."