It had been three months since those who chronicle the Broncos’ exploits had seen Tony Scheffler walk into a room, and I, for one, was not expecting such an imposing figure to stroll through the door leading to the media room where he held a media briefing on Thursday afternoon.
Scheffler’s words would only confirm what his mere presence demonstrated — that he’d bulked up in the past three months, gaining an average of 10 pounds a month and going from a 235-pound rookie to a 265-pound beast through a simple regimen.
“A lot of eating,” Scheffler admitted. “Not too much running, just a lot of lifting and eating. In the summer I always trim down.”
Scheffler expects that he’ll drop between five and 10 pounds from his current weight; such loss will be a simple byproduct of on-field work in organized team activities and his four conditioning sessions per week. For now, though, his movement isn’t where he wants it to be.
“Right now I’m not as smooth in and out of my cuts as I was at 235 (pounds), but I think as the summer goes on, I’ll trim up,” he said.”
Scheffler also noted that his weight gain wasn’t by coaches’ edict; rather, it stemmed from a desire to play more than just on obvious passing downs.
“Hopefully I’ll maintain my speed, but at the same time I can get better in the run game so I can be out there every down. That’s my ultimate goal as a player in the NFL — to help this team every down.
“I don’t want to (just) go in on third down,” he added. “I want to take my career to the next level and help this team every down. Putting on the weight was my own decision. I need to maintain my speed and everything I had before.”
And at any size, he feels he’ll still see plenty of action on the field, even with prominent free-agent signee Daniel Graham among the cornucopia of players at his position.
“We obviously have a lot of weapons at tight end, so that’s something that’s naturally going to take place,” Scheffler said. “I’m sure there’ll be some two-tight end sets down the road.”
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