Raiders Think More Weight Will Help Former Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley Stay Healthy

Former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is now a defensive end with the Oakland Raiders and his new head coach Dennis Allen thinks he knows why the former second-round draft pick may have had problems staying healthy the last two and a half seasons when asked at the NFL owner’s meetings if his new player will be a base end that plays three downs.

“Yeah. That’s what he was in college and really body-type-wise, they always had to kind of keep (his weight) down in Pittsburgh and that’s maybe one of the reasons he had some injury issues,” said Allen, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.

Allen’s reasoning certainly isn’t very deep, but he also said he has no issues with the Michigan product tipping the scales in Oakland between 270-275 pounds.

At the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine, Woodley weighed in at 266 pounds and there’s a good chance he hasn’t seen that number in a long time.

After he signed with the Raiders a few weeks ago, Woodley offered up his own reasons as to what he thinks it will take for him to make sure he stays on the field in 2014 with his new team in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“It’s just getting the small muscles stronger,” said Woodley, who has missed 14 games over the course of the last three seasons because of various injuries. “I think that being that my legs are so big, sometimes, like, the front part of my body is stronger than the back end of my body and just getting those muscles back together.”

In Oakland, Woodley won’t have to worry about dropping into coverage like he did in Pittsburgh as an outside linebacker. Instead, he’ll have his hand in the dirt most of the time with his sole responsibility being to play the run on the way to the quarterback. That’s something that probably pleases him.

“We brought Woodley in to be a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme,” said Allen. “Obviously some of the things we do have 3-4 principles and I think adding a guy like him allows you to potentially be a little more flexible, as far as what you do schematically.”

While the Raiders defense might be more flexible now with Woodley being part of it, at 275 pounds, I doubt Woodley will be.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Yep…one way to help your knees and ankles is to put more weight on them and I would like to add that it also helps to play football and to take football helmets to those areas as well as that helps too.

  • James Kling

    Not fat enough… yeah, that’s the ticket!

  • pittsburghjoe

    Good time to buy Taco Bell stock.

  • Burger King will be very interested indeed!

  • steeltown

    Ha… yep, one way to get and stay healthy is to gain weight, madness


    lol…I’ve thought for a couple of years Woodley was more suited for a DE position after he initially gained the weight…idk what they expect him to play at in OAK, but I’d be careful telling him to gain weight.

  • MDPensFan

    This is why the Raiders are the Raiders. Might be time to get the tap water tested inside their team facilities.

  • srdan

    Happiest man this offseason=woodley

  • mem359

    After the Raider’s training regimen, DE Woodley stated he would put a bounty on veteran player Han Solo, calling him “bantha fodder”.

  • mokhkw

    Anyone remember Brandon Graham? Played the same spot as Woodley at Mich and was drafted by the Eagles 10th overall in 2010?

    He’s essentially a Woodley clone but has played DE for the Eagles until moving to OLB in 2013.

    When he hasn’t been injured….he’s been average at best as a DE & not able to land a starting role on what has been a very average D in that time.

  • dgh57

    Excuses excuses when will they ever end with Woodley? At least he’s somebodies elses problem now! Then he says “it’s just about getting the small muscles stronger.” Duh, why are you just now figuring that out Woodley?!!

  • Jason

    When I read the headline I had to make sure it wasn’t April fools day. Gain weight to keep your leg joints and ligaments healthier? There’s a reason you’re the Raiders.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Yup, they don’t call them the Raaaaaaaaaiiidders for nothing. Genius.

  • Axe Skot

    Just the Raiders being Raiders.

  • Milliken Steeler

    The added weight is also going to improve the locker room presence?

  • Kenneth Wilt

    This article is a mess. That is not a blast on the SteelersDepot writer, but rather whoever the quotes came from.

    Woodley did need to keep his weight down. It is an issue which effects his speed off the edge. He probably can put on more weight as a 4-3 end than he could here as a 3-4 LB. It will effect his quickness, but that may not be a problem in a 4-3.

    The article mixes the issues though. First is weight, Second is muscle balance. What Lamar says is correct, if he has large muscles on one part of the body, and the other isn’t balanced, he will see the effects of that. It will show up in how he runs and how he accomplishes things. He could have fixed that in Pittsburgh without gaining any more weight by doing exercises to fix it. The article says it is about weight, the problem wasn’t with him keeping his weight down, the problem was he didn’t have musclar balance in his body. Gaining 30 pounds will only make that more pronounced.

    Now that being said. I don’t believe Woodley has that much weight he can gain. He is listed at 265. I don’t believe that for a minute. I bet he is closer to 280.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Comments here are weak and back stabbing.

    Woodley was an awesome Steeler when he was healthy.

    The idea that less running helps him stay healthy is reasonable and dieting is tough on high performance muscle. I think the raiders coach makes a very reasonable point.

    The idea that this is a woodley excuse is lame.

  • treeher

    “…they always had to kind of keep his weight down in Pittsburgh …” Really? I wasn’t aware that he kept his weight down. I guess the “kind of” statement is a qualifier, however.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Converting a guy from OLB to DE I can see him needing to add weight. Problem is with Lamar’s injury history most of them being lower body injuries I can’t see the extra weight helping him to stay healthy. I wish him well in Oakland and who knows maybe he becomes a pro bowl DE.

  • Will Hammer

    More fat is good for the hammies LOL!!!

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Week one Woodley is a DE by week 12 he’ll slide inside to DT. Raiders’ll cut him next offseason then the Steelers will sign him back for cheap have’m play NT and kick McClendon out to DE. Damn Colbert you’re a genius..!!!

  • greeny

    How many of you think he is still en route to AZ to actually do an off season workout program?

  • Mike Cardwell

    Yeah add weight to his bad back, knees and ankles. This guy should be moved to an ILB position. The stress from pushing off from the OLB position and trying to beat bigger tackles hurt him. LaMarr Woodley will be a bust at DE. If anything this guy was always out of shape and overweight to begin with ! Raiders are what they are for a reason.

  • MC

    Are we really suprised that this logic is coming from the Raiders?

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  • utopiaman

    Raiders recommended giving him a lobotomy as well – they think it will improve his mental skills or at least put him at par with everyone else in the gay area – sorry I meant bay area

  • utopiaman

    I just gained 670 pounds and I feel great!

  • Steeler B

    Typical Raider analysis…..