The conversation about Turner this offseason has been consistent. The team wants to lighten his load. It looks like it will go to more of a committee approach with Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers getting more carries this year. Unbeknownst to us, the conversation in Atlanta about Turner has also been about his weight. A sports talk radio station recently said that Turner was overweight, a claim he denied in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. “Same as I’ve always been, Nothing's different," Turner said. Reported by NFL.com
Turner plays at 247 pounds. The team has noted that he's often worn down late in the season and as NFL.com's Greg Rosenthal suggests, the former San Diego Charger is in the downward phase of his career. Rosenthal added: "[Turner] beats up on bad teams -- which is great for fantasy owners -- but struggles badly against top defenses. ..." And that's why the coaching staff is said to be so keen on getting Rodgers more involved in the offense. They belive his speed and play-making ability will give them more options. ... Stay tuned. We'll be watching the Falcons RBs very closely when camp opens.