Bucs DE Gholston hopes weight loss improves performance

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston (92) did not have any sacks last season.Photo Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Will Gholston admits he was too heavy during a mediocre 2017 season, and he has done something about it.

The Bucs signed Gholston to a five-year, $27.5 million extension in 2017, but he had no sacks and four tackles for loss while playing in 14 games, including 10 starts last season.

“It was awful, crappy. If I said it once, I said it a million times: It was a (crappy) year. I openly admit to it,” Gholston told the Tampa Bay Times.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said the team thought Gholston was too heavy last year and Gholston agreed.

“Biggest I was, I was in the (300)s, for sure. It got to the (300)s and it was all bad weight,” Gholston said, via the Times. “I dropped down coming into camp, but I came in out of shape last year … I didn’t want to be bad big, too much body fat. … I think it was a great suggestion. It was the best thing for me, mentally, physically and emotionally. You can’t be fat.”

Gholston is down to around 280 pounds, and he believes that will help him compete with the five defensive linemen the Bucs added this offseason.

Gholston had 10 sacks over his first four NFL seasons.

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