- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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One of the players in the league who might have the most potential for a breakout season is Louisville tight end Josh Chichester, a load to cover at 6-foot-8 and 258 pounds. I had a chance to catch up with him, and here is a little of what he had to say.
AA: So I hear you have bulked up quite a bit.
JC: Yes, I’ve put on about 15 pounds. I’m now at 258 and starting to feel better running with the ball and being able to control my weight. I’m getting bigger and stronger.
AA: How did you put on all the weight so fast?
JC: A nutritionist put me on a special diet. I’ve been following that to a T and eating a lot more. At first it was hard. I'm not that big of an eater, but when you keep eating those meals throughout the day it stays on you and it's working. I'm not complaining.
AA: And you are definitely playing tight end this season. How has that transition gone for you?
JC: Been going pretty good right now. I did play tight end a little bit last year. That was pretty fun. Starting spring ball, they told me to play completely tight end and some wideout, but the focus would be on tight end. I ran with it, and I'm loving it now. I like to hit mainly, and when you are off the edge for those big runs it’s just as good as getting a long touchdown.
AA: What has been the biggest transition?
JC: The main difference is learning the lineman schemes and knowing who to block, how to block, which way to block. Being a receiver, you had to run the DB off or cut off blocks on the safety. With tight end, it's a whole different game.
AA: So how have you learned how to block?
JC: I listen to my teammates. My other linemen, they help me out a lot. They know it's a new aspect for me, and they’re willing to help me out. I'm starting to get the hang of it now.
AA: How did you feel when they first told you they wanted you to make the move to tight end full time?
JC: I’m all for it. There was no negative reaction. I wanted to help my team in any way shape or form, if that gets the job done I'm all for it. At first, it was tough because I couldn’t stay low enough to save my life and it showed. Those defensive linemen are low and they stay low. My first reaction was to stand up and it wasn't working out to well. I’ve gotten the hang of it.
AA: Your size there has made the transition a bit tougher, but how does being bigger help you?
JC: I'm 6-8 and most down linemen aren't as tall. My arms are pretty long, so I can get my hands on them pretty fast. When I go out for routes, I’m taller than most linebackers and defensive ends. I’m pretty sure I’m taller than most safeties as well. It’s the same aspect as being a receiver, helps me being a little bigger.
AA: How are teams going to stop you?
JC: I'm not going to give out tips. I wish them the best of luck.