Duane Brown isn't going on a diet anytime soon.
"I've been trying to gain weight this offseason," Brown said to Texans Radio on Tuesday. "The last couple of seasons, I've been playing around 305, 310 (pounds) and I think I'm more effective when I'm a little heavier."
Brown has played at different weights over the course of his seven years in the NFL. His weight has fluctuated from 300 to 320 pounds, plus or minus a few, he said. It may seem like a drop in the bucket for a 6-4 offensive lineman, but the two-time Pro Bowler can definitely tell a difference.
"In 2012, I was around 320, somewhere around there," Brown said. "So that's kind of where I've been, around 320 or so right now. Still feeling good, still feeling agile and that's something I don't want to sacrifice but been trying to gain some weight."
It seems to be working for the Texans starting left tackle, who says he definitely feels stronger now than he did last year. Brown, entering his eighth season with the Texans, knows what type of conditioning is expected of players heading into training camp under head coach Bill O'Brien.
"It's very competitive, fast-paced," Brown said of O'Brien's camp practice. "I think every training camp is tough across the league but I think it's extremely competitive here and I'm looking forward to it."
As far as his meal plan goes, Brown won't be indulging in junk food to gain the extra pounds. His goal is to only add more muscle.
"No, I won't let myself go," Brown said, laughing.
The 2015 Houston Texans Training Camp presented by XFINITY begins on Saturday, August 1 at the Houston Methodist Training Center.