Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour at training camp 2011 (photo by Levi Damien)
After not attending Raiders OTA's, Richard Seymour arrived in Alameda for the first time since voluntary mini camps. Well, most of him did. He has dropped ten pounds since we last saw him and it is not by accident.
"Definitely leaned out," said Seymour. "Down about 10 pounds. I would definitely say early in the offseason. I really start ... end of February I kind of get acclimated to just some little health club type stuff. Then I'll just do anything in terms of that next month just completely opposite of football so I'm not tired of football when it starts back up. Just different type of training in the offseason."
Seymour usually carries around about 310-315 which means he is now closer to 300 pounds. That is right around the expected weight for a 3-4 defensive end.
Seymour played 3-4 defensive end for most of his career while with the New England Patriots and his first season in Oakland. He has played defensive tackle for the past two seasons and has made the Pro Bowl in both seasons. While he hadn't made the Pro Bowl for the three previous seasons at defensive end.
With the Raiders new defense running "multiples", as defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and head coach Dennis Allen have been calling it, there is a need for versatile defensive linemen and linebackers. It is the reason Tommy Kelly has been asked to play the nose tackle role in 3-4 sets and could very well put some weight back on this offseason.
There is no word yet on which defensive lineman would leave the field for a linebacker when Seymour makes the shift over to defensive end. Lamarr Houston could stay in at defensive end which would have Shaughnessy either subbing out for a linebacker or playing linebacker himself. As of now, the team is still practicing primarily 4-3 schemes. We won't see the defense getting the bulk of the 3-4 scheme load until training camp.
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