McKinnie working towards getting back in shape
Left tackle Bryant McKinnie had not been talking about his weight issues at training camp until Thursday.
He was obviously feeling better. Once again he participated in the entire practice. When he finished, McKinnie stopped to speak before heading to the showers.
“I’m good now,” said McKinnie, who the Ravens are counting on to start at left tackle. “I think the line can be really good. You have four guys out of the five (starters returning). It’s just between (center) A. Q. (Shipley) and Gino (Gradkowski) to see who the fifth guy is.”
McKinnie said his assigned weight from the Ravens was 346 pounds, and that when he reported last week, he wasn’t at 346. So coach John Harbaugh did not allow McKinnie to practice last Thursday. Then when McKinnie practiced on Friday, he was too weak to finish.
McKinnie never said how much he weighed last week. But it’s clear he’s on the right track. “The first day, when I was inside, I did cardio the whole time,” McKinnie said. “I was kind of drained when I came out here the second day. The off day (Tuesday) set me right.
“Another thing we learned is that I need to stop lifting. Lifting kind of bulks me up. That’s what actually makes me heavy. I haven’t been lifting this camp. Been doing cardio and stuff like that.”
The Ravens’ regular-season opener in Denver on Sept. 5 is still more than a month away. By that time, McKinnie believes his training camp weight issues will be far behind him.