Seahawks WR Sidney Rice wants to return to full speed by training camp after having offseason surgeries on each shoulder, and the oft-injured receiver says he's added some bulk with the hopes of improving his durability.
"I actually gained 11 pounds of muscle," Rice told "Bob and Groz" during the team's minicamp last week. "I'm really happy about that. I'm planning on putting on about seven more pounds to make coach [Tom] Cable happy."
Rice said he's up to 209 pounds after weighing 198 following his surgeries. He wants to be 212 or 213 pounds by the start of the season, accounting for the weight he typically loses during training camp. That won't turn Rice into Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald or any of the NFL's other mammoth receivers, but it's a step he apparently feels is necessary after missing 23 games during his five-year career.
"I feel like that's the right thing to do as well so I can take the pounds, the hits across the middle and things like that," he said, "whatever I have to do for this team."
He's a big injury risk, but the likely WR1 for the Seahawks is going in the 8th round of early drafts. There's some upside (and downside) here.