Tori Gurley thinks he made the most of his season on the Packers' practice squad. Beginning about in the middle of last year, the then-rookie receiver embarked on a program to improve the makeup of his body and thus his chances of making the roster this year. During the season, via improved diet plus †NFL workouts, Gurley says he added about five pounds. This offseason he then added another seven pounds, so he's up to 230 at about 6-feet-4 1/2. He looks noticeably thicker in the upper body than he was in training camp last year. "Just in my power and being able to break tackles, and my balance," he said of where he notices the difference in strength and size. "With me being such a big guy, Iím quite sure theyíre going to use me over the middle of the field, and just having that body control, knowing Iím going to get hit but being able to stay up and get yards after the catch, thatís something I have to continue to work on. In college I caught a lot of balls in the end zone or going out of bounds, so now Iím trying to be a complete receiver. I have to give myself the best opportunity to make this team." With the recent renegotiation of Donald Driver's contract, which included a reported $500,000 in an immediate bonus, the Packers have at least seven and perhaps eight viable receivers for probably six roster spots: Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones, †Driver, Gurley, Diondre Borel and Shaky Smithson.
Gurley's weight, strength up
Nov. 6, 2013
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