Rob Sims Is 20 Pounds Heavier Than Last Year

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Jeff Backus 76 (L) and Rob Sims #67 of the Detroit Lions during the NFL season opening game at Soldier Field on September 12 2010 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions believe the weight gain should help Sims next season.

At last month's offseason conditioning program for the Detroit Lions, offensive guard Rob Sims checked in 20 pounds heavier than last season. At this point, though, the team doesn't think that weight gain is necessarily a bad thing.

From the Detroit Free Press:

"He purposely put on weight," Yarno said. "I think he wanted to just be a little firmer in the run and the pass. He’s right at 300 (last year), and I think he wants to be in the 315-320 range to have more mass in order to get movement in the run game and stop the pass rush, the inside pass rush. So he’s firmer."

Sims has started every game the last two seasons for the Lions. He will be 28 years old when the season kicks off.

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