At over 350 pounds, Chris Campbell knew his weight wasn’t working for him. He spent his rookie season with the Green Bay Packers but didn’t have a team when 2012 training camps opened.
“I worked out, started this new program with my new company called Body by Vi,” Campbell said. “Just working hard. Just not eating greasy foods, fixing my nutrition, things of that nature.”
Now he’s 318 and in camp with the Washington Redskins. Given a rash of injuries along the offensive line, to the likes of Jammal Brown, Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger and Maurice Hurt, Campbell could get plenty of reps and a chance to provide depth.
“A lot of different teams have injuries and stuff like that,” he said. “I don’t really speculate on all that. I just come here to do my job.”
Campbell could have had a job last week with the Carolina Panthers but, after consulting with his agent, decided against it.
“I got a call from the Redskins. Just being that Coach [Mike] Shanahan is here, I know what type of program they have here,” the 25-year-old said. “It’s just something I decided to do.”
After dropping almost 40 pounds. He said it wasn’t the Packers’ message that his weight needed to improve but self-awareness.
“I was 357 pounds. And I’m a player that’s really athletic and I can move,” he said. “I can move pretty good at 350, but I can move a lot better at 315.”
According to Campbell he hasn’t discussed the ideal weight the Redskins would like him to have. But he’s satisfied with where he’s at.
“I got my weight down,” Campbell said. “I’m back to the player that I am.”
Based on CBA rules he can start practicing in pads Wednesday. His Redskins preseason debut could be Saturday at the Bears, in his hometown of Chicago.