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.