Falcons: Takk McKinley dropped over 20 pounds this offseason

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Add Takk McKinley to the list of Falcons that dropped some weight over the offseason in an attempt to get faster. Keanu Neal informed us earlier this week that he’s down to almost 210 pounds after playing at 225 pounds last season. And today, McKinley one upped him, telling the media that he currently weighs 248 pounds after playing at 270 pounds in 2019, a substantial drop off for anybody, but especially an edge rusher.

McKinley said he went back to doing the things that got him to the NFL, running a lot with his old track coach and keeping to a strict diet. On top of that, he focused on workouts that he believes will help prevent shoulder injuries, something that has been a significant issue for him early in his career.

The 2017 first-round pick also had a lot to say about the Falcons opting to decline his fifth-year option and Atlanta’s most recent addition to the pass rush, Dante Fowler Jr.

Hopefully, this newfound focus from McKinley is legit. Judging by the way he’s transformed his body, I am optimistic that he could finally turn the corner this season and live up to his potential. However, it’s only training camp. All the news is positive, and everyone looks like the next Hall-of-Fame inductee this time of the year. We will see if the narrative remains the same once things start to count.


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