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Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata proves a little weight gain doesn't have to slow him down
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata proves a little weight gain doesn't have to slow him down

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had mapped out an ambitious plan, albeit one not readily apparent when he lumbered onto the practice field for a June minicamp. Considerably heftier than usual after spending his offseason intentionally bulking up, Ngata didn't display his trademark explosiveness. The extra bulk around Ngata's midsection and torso raised eyebrows about whether the three-time Pro Bowl selection had gone too far in his quest to become stronger and more durable and maintain his speed after wearing down toward the end of last season due to a deep thigh bruise. "Armor of fat?" Ngata said with a laugh. "Yeah, people were definitely surprised at how...

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