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mesaSteeler
06-30-2009, 01:16 AM
Steelers' Holmes bulks up for coming season
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_631606.html#
By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. His huskiness makes him more resemble a running back than the slim receiver who was selected No. 25 by the Steelers in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Santonio Holmes' physical remake, particularly around his neck and through his shoulders, is the next step in the development of the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII.

The increase in Holmes' upper body is becoming so pronounced that he's beginning to look like an entirely different player.

"I tipped the scales (Monday) at 201 (pounds),'' Holmes said proudly following his workout at Tom Shaw Performance at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.

That's an all-time high for Holmes, who played in the 190s last season and joined the league weighing considerably less.

Holmes' calculated weight gain addresses his long-term goal to increase his upper-body strength and speed under the tutelage of Shaw, a conditioning coach who also trains teammates James Farrior, Ike Taylor and William Gay.

"I look at it as if I have to be a complete receiver,'' said Holmes, who had nine receptions for 131 yards and the game-winning touchdown against Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII.

"I've got to be physical, I've got to still continue with my speed, I've got to have the great conditioning to last 16 games, play throughout the playoffs and be able to put in about 60-70 plays every week. I come here with great intentions of putting on weight.''

By building up his body, Holmes is also building his confidence for the upcoming season. However, he admits he may have to cut back some on bulking up.

"I wasn't expecting that, so I think I've got to slow down a little bit what I've been eating lately,'' Holmes said. "I'm looking forward to coming to (training) camp around this weight, because I know I'll probably shed about 8-10 pounds throughout camp.

"I'll play at about 195 for the season. I'll still have my strength, but losing the weight.''

The Steelers report to training camp at St. Vincent College on July 31.

Holmes' clutch play in the Super Bowl raised his respect level among NFL cornerbacks. He's no longer veteran Hines Ward's sidekick.

As the big-play receiver in the Steelers' passing attack, Holmes anticipates becoming the target of increased defensive scrutiny.

With Ward now playing in the slot, Holmes is the one Steeler receiver who will likely face consistent double coverage.

Holmes, who used to struggle against physical corners partly because of his size is seeking an edge to help him get open.

"The weight is starting to come on,'' he said. "I really need that strength in the upper body because I know I'm going to start getting more and more Cover-2 this season. I'm going to face a lot more bigger corners this year than I did in previous years, so I've got to get off those jams and separate myself from those guys.

"I think there's definitely going to be more attention with the performance I put up in the Super Bowl and throughout the playoffs. Those guys are going to say let's try to hold him (down).''

John Harris can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.

Men of Steel
06-30-2009, 02:46 AM
man Tone is soo awesome!
think about it...

the kid just pulls of an amazing grab on the worlds biggest stage... becomes SB MVP... (second youngest in NFL history)...
does he let that get to his head?

NO. he is still DRIVEN.. HUNGRY... to be even better.
hes got the right mindset... and attitude.

if he can pull off bulkin up a bit.. without loosing his SPEED... watch out!!!!! :tt03:

Preacher
06-30-2009, 03:39 AM
Wow. Great read.

So the SB MVP goes out, bulks up, busts his butt to get ready for the next season...

How much of that do you all think is him saying, "I gotta set the example to these new kids coming on this team, no way I am letting Hines down!"

lamberts-lost-tooth
06-30-2009, 04:14 AM
Wow. Great read.

So the SB MVP goes out, bulks up, busts his butt to get ready for the next season...

How much of that do you all think is him saying, "I gotta set the example to these new kids coming on this team, no way I am letting Hines down!"

Compare that attitude to that of a WR like Burress or Moss....Holmes appears to have no "attitude of entightlement".

Galax Steeler
06-30-2009, 07:13 AM
Compare that attitude to that of a WR like Burress or Moss....Holmes appears to have no "attitude of entightlement".

Exactly Holmes seems to be a Steeler type player unlike Burress or Moss who is selfish, lazy and wants to breake the bank. I hope he has a break out year and finds his way to the pro bowl.:drink:

steel9guy
06-30-2009, 10:19 AM
I hope Holmes has a great year and uses the extra bulk to nail ray lewis.

mulldog24
06-30-2009, 03:39 PM
Love Tone's work ethic and attitude! I think Hines is rubbing off on him!!!!!

HometownGal
06-30-2009, 03:47 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love Santo's overall 'tude and work ethic. :applaudit: Not only is he determined to get himself in the best physical shape he can before the start of camp, he is setting a great example for the rooks and younger players. Gotta love him! :hatsoff:

devilsdancefloor
06-30-2009, 03:48 PM
great read thanks for positng! sounds as though they are very hungry still! Sounds ass if they are all working HARD

The Definiti0n
06-30-2009, 05:11 PM
Yea....Fantasy Sleeper

SteelCityKing
06-30-2009, 05:18 PM
reading this article really makes me want to snag Holmes in early rounds of my Fantasy Football draft. with that mentality and him stepping up in the reciever roles more so this year...i want him on my squad for sure.