Buccaneers DE Noah Spence Added 35 Pounds After 9-Meal 9,000 Calorie Daily Diet

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2018

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Noah Spence #57 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action against the Chicago Bears during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 13, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs defeated the Bears 36-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence added 35 pounds to his 6'2" frame this year thanks to a nine-meal, 9,000-calorie daily intake.

On Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com provided comments from Spence, who said he's focused on adding "a lot of carbs" to increase weight and maintain energy.

"Today was the heaviest I've ever been and I felt great. I was 263 today," he said. "I kind of just started playing with it [in the offseason] to see what works. I felt like if I just don't stop eating or drinking, I won't lose weight."

The Bucs will hope the transformation leads to a breakout season from the 24-year-old lineman, who's struggled to find consistency since they selected him in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.

Spence tallied 22 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games during his rookie campaign. A shoulder injury limited him to six appearances last year, and he recorded just nine tackles and one sack in those outings.

"Two shoulder surgeries—he's worked very hard to come back from that and he's lived in the training room and the weight room," head coach Dirk Koetter told Laine. "I think he's got the same motor and the same speed that he always had. We're anxious to see him get out there and do it in real football."

Spence is the team's chief reserve at defensive end behind starters Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry. A strong preseason could earn him more snaps once the regular season opens Sept. 9 when the Bucs travel to face the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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