- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie isn't the only Raven whose weight bears watching. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is still committed to playing at 345 pounds (10 pounds more than last season), although there are reports that he looks heavier than that.
Ngata added the bulk because he felt he wore down last season. "Right now, I can feel the power," Ngata told the Carroll County (Md.) Times. "We'll just see how it goes. As the season goes, if I feel like I need to lose the weight, then I'll probably try to lose the weight during the season. For now, it's up and we'll see how it goes."
This had better be the right move for Ngata because the Ravens can't afford for him to be off his game this year. Baltimore will have three new starters in its front seven after outside linebacker Terrell Suggs got injured and defensive end Cory Redding and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson left in free agency. So, the Ravens' run defense appears to be more vulnerable than in previous seasons.
Ngata drew some criticism this offseason for showing up to the team's mandatory camp, the only workout he attended this spring, carrying the extra pounds. He then tweaked his hamstring during the team's conditioning test on the first day of training camp.
But Ngata passed the test Friday and expects to participate in his first full practice Monday. "I'm excited to get back out there," he said.
Ngata isn't the only big guy in the family. His wife Christina, gave birth to a 10-pound, 10-ounce son last week. His name is appropriate: Haloti Maximus.
"He was just huge," Ngata said. "He's a big boy. We thought it fit him."