For many Americans, the goal is to cut out snacks, eat smaller portions and, ultimately, shed a few pounds.
But not for Redskins offensive lineman Jordan Black.
He’s got a little more than month to gain about 30 pounds – and the 32-year-old plans to consume nearly 7,000 calories each day in order to get there.
“An extra steak here, an extra protein shake there. Just making sure you eat snacks in between meals,” said Black, who signed with the team Monday. “That’s really how you get the calories in. Right now I’m eating about 7,000 calories a day, so that has me on pace to weigh about 290 by the end of camp. I’ve done it before.”
After a pause, Black added with a chuckle: “You just have to eat a lot.”
Black, who has been out of the game a year and was preparing to open a chain of health clubs, arrived in Ashburn weighing about 275. When he was cut by the Saints in training camp last September, he tipped the scales at 305.
“Eventually,” he said, “I’ll be back there.”
Black, who is 6 foot 5, was signed to sure up an offensive line that’s currently missing Jammal Brown (hip) and Kory Lichtensteiger (knee surgery).
Per CBA rules, Black can’t practice in pads until Thursday, he said.
“For the first time in my life, I’m actually kind of regretting that,” he said. “I want to get them on now. I want to get on the field and I want to hit people.”