Jurrell Casey thinks dropping pounds this offseason will help him drop more passers in 2014.
The 2011 third-round pick said he went from about 305 pounds to 290 and is “in great shape.” Casey missed the final game of the 2013 season with a knee injury but led Tennessee with a career-high 10.5 sacks, which ranked 16th in the NFL and tied for second among defensive tackles. He also set career highs with 90 tackles (49 solo) and 10 quarterback pressures.
Casey said the weight loss resulted mostly from eating healthier as he is prepping for his fourth pro season.
“I ended last year with a little injury so my biggest thing was to come back and make sure I’m still comfortable moving around out there,” Casey said Tuesday after the Titans opened a three-day voluntary minicamp. “That’s been the biggest thing, getting back in the rhythm, with all my bang-ups at the end of the year, so everything is feeling good at the moment. I just want to stay healthy and keep on pushing and get better this season.”
When asked how he wants to follow last season, Casey said, “I’ve got to top it, so I’ve got to push through.”
“My goal is still the same: 18-plus (sacks), so that’s what I’m aiming for this year and I’m going to keep on going until I get it and when I get it, I’ve got to keep going and get more.”
Eighteen sacks is the NFL single-season record for sacks by a defensive tackle (former Titans assistant coach Keith Millard in 1989).
Casey is expected to play a significant role in new Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s hybrid scheme. Horton plans to implement elements of 3-4 and 4-3 defensive fronts.
“I came in a little lighter and I’m ready to move around and get to this 18-plus sacks. With the things we’ve got going in, you want to be able to move around, so you’ve got to be light on your feet, able to move around and that’s what I’ve been working on.”
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