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Continued: Vikings players start strength and conditioning programs

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG and DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: May 2, 2013 - 7:07 AM

4. Left tackle again trying to put on weight

When most guys take a break from working out, they gain weight. Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil took a break earlier this offseason and dropped to 280 pounds.

“For some other guys, they stop working out and they gain weight,” Kalil said. “I shrivel up when I stop working out. I started a couple months ago and I’m getting back into it. I’m back to about 305. I’m probably looking to be 315 during the season, which shouldn’t be a problem.”

Kalil said he played last season at 310, except for a week late in the year when he dropped to 290 because of a three-day bout with pneumonia.

 

5. Vikings a ‘good fit’ for

new d-lineman

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson said the Lions offered him the same one-year, veteran’s minimum deal [$780,000] the Vikings did last week. But rather than return to Detroit, Jackson decided a change was needed from the Lions’ Wide 9 defensive scheme, which forces the ends to line up wider than they normally do.

“This just feels like it’s a good fit with my skill set,” said Jackson, who was drafted 28th overall by Seattle in 2008. “You look at what the Vikings’ [top] three D-ends did last year. It was 32 [actually 28½] sacks and our guys [in Detroit] were not even 20.

“That was a huge factor and being able to watch Jared Allen every day to see what makes him great. That also was a huge factor.”

In 32 games, including 24 starts, with Seattle in 2008 and 2009, Jackson had 6½ sacks. In 37 games with no starts for the Lions from 2010 to 2012, Jackson had 13 sacks.

Jackson said Oakland and Dallas also showed interest in him, but those teams wanted to wait until after the draft before possibly signing him.

 

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