Will a lighter Marion Barber be a more effective running back for the Dallas Cowboys?
Running backs coach Skip Peete said Barber has dropped about 10 pounds from last season, when the Cowboys listed him at 222 pounds. According to Peete, Barber dropped the weight in addition to regain lost speed.
"He's leaner and looks quicker than he's been,'' Peete said after Tuesday's Organized Team Activities workout. ``It's noticeable. I'm excited to see what he does when we get to camp.''
Barber, as is his custom, refused to comment.
Hounded by quad and thumb injuries, Barber has a mediocre performance last season. Of the 22 backs with 200-plus carries, he ranked 16th in yards with 932 and 14th in average with 4.4 yards per carry. Barber scraped bottom in the playoffs, gaining only 18 yards on 11 carries.
Everybody looks good in helmets and shorts but all off-season news points toward a much more productive Marion Barber. Only time will tell and training camp is around the corner.