PLEASE NOTE: The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.
One of Paul Kruger’s goals for next season is to see more playing time, and in order to do that, the Ravens want him to gain weight and be more of a defensive lineman.
As he recently weighed in at an official 270 pounds, consider a big first step conquered.
After playing last year at 260 and even as low as 250 pounds in college, Kruger believes he is carrying the weight well.
“I feel good at this point, but I can definitely tell [I have added pounds],” Kruger said. “Like during conditioning drills, when I’m running, I can feel the extra weight. Luckily, this is the time of year where we’re all getting into shape for the season. It’s just going to take me some time to where I’m as explosive as I can be.”
It has been a process for Kruger that goes back to his early days at Utah. He entered school as a quarterback in 2004 before going on a two-year LDS service mission and then switching to defensive end from 2007-08.
Now, the 6-foot-4 Kruger is bulking up even more.
“I don’t feel like I have added any fat, it’s more strength and muscle,” he said. “It’s more in the upper body.”
Ravens strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki said he has seen a change in Kruger during Baltimore’s voluntary offseason conditioning program.
“He’s a lean body anyway,” Rogucki said. “But he can handle it. We’re putting on smart weight with Paul. You have to remember, this guy was a quarterback once.”