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James Washington joins the Pittsburgh Steelers’ official weight loss club

The third year wide receiver has dropped weight, joining a trend across the team heading into 2020.

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If we are all being honest with each other, every one of us has flaws about our physical structure we would like to change. Maybe it is adding some muscle, possibly looking to get more defined or even just losing weight in general.

Well, if the latter is your main objective, maybe you should consider joining the official Pittsburgh Steelers weight loss club!

Entering the 2020 season, there are already a number of success stories. Benny Snell Jr. has lost 12 pounds on the team’s plan, and wide receiver James Washington told media on Monday he has lost 13 pounds, down to 207 pounds, entering the 2020 season.

In all seriousness, there is a very strong trend going on throughout the Steelers’ offseason roster, and it is all about conditioning. You hear Mike Tomlin talk about it repeatedly, and the players are responding.

“I feel a lot lighter out there running around,” Washington said via a Zoom conference call. “I feel more explosive coming off the ball. Just being able to jump is night and day different. I feel like an all-around new person. When you shed some weight like that and lean down a little bit more, it’s all paying off.”

Tomlin speaks of players’ overall conditioning, and it is amazing to see how different the reality of the NFL is compared to what players think it is when they enter the league. So many feel bigger and stronger is the route they must take when they get drafted, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. You’ve seen big strides especially at running back with Le’Veon Bell, James Conner and Snell all losing a significant amount of weight entering their sophomore seasons. All but Snell, which is to be determined, have had tremendous second years as a professional.

Will the conditioning pay off? In the early stages of the season it absolutely will pay off. Fans must remember there is no preseason, there were no Organized Team Activities (OTAs), there was no minicamp and there were not strength and conditioning coaches waiting for you at the team facility to get your body physically ready for the season.

It was all on the individual.

Teams who have players who took their job seriously this offseason will see their hard work pay off in the early stages of the season, while other teams still get acclimated and in “game shape”.

It doesn’t seem as if the Steelers will be one of those teams, and that is a good thing.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they roll through training camp and prepare for the 2020 regular season just three weeks away.