Knighton's weight remains an issue

The requirement for Terrance Knighton to be a top echelon defensive tackle for years to come for the Jacksonville Jaguars is simple: don’t let the weight balloon.

Sirius XM NFL Radio spoke with Mel Tucker during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala. and the Jaguars defensive coordinator was blunt.

“I’m not going to tell you anything I haven’t told Terrance. He knows this is put-up-or-shut-up time right now. He knows he can be a dominant player if he keeps his weight under control. Now is the perfect time to get that right.

“He knows that, ‘If I’m going to be the player I need to be and can be and have the respect of my teammates and coaches, there are certain things I have to do on and off the field.’ Weight management is one of those things. That’s a major part of it.”

They don’t call Knighton “Pot Roast” as a joke — it’s not a bald guy being called ”Curly” or a weakling being labeled “Muscles.”

His weight has been a story wince the team spent a third-round pick on him out of Temple in 2009. Working with Tyson Alualu in the middle of the Jaguars line, he can be part of a dominant tandem, helping a strong linebacking corps behind him make a bunch of plays.

An offseason with the team should help the cause. That 2012 is a contract year for Knighton should also be a motivating factor for the 25 year old.

“He’s fully committed,” Tucker said. “We’re fully committed to getting it done. Together, we feel he’s going to have a great season. I’ll be shocked if there’s going to be anything different than that.”

If Alualu’s knee is right and Knighton’s weight is right, the Jaguars are a consistent pass rusher away from ranking with the league’s best defenses.