"Hey Whit, look the other way."
With news that the Bengals signed Philadelphia Eagles guard Max Jean-Gilles, we were wondering that if planted Jean-Gilles at left guard, how big would the Bengals offensive line would be. Taking the weights for Whitworth, Cook and Williams off Bengals.com, while inputting Smith's self-reported weight at 338 pounds and using NFL.com's biographical page for Jean-Gilles, the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line would weigh roughly 1,692 pounds, or 338.4 pounds each (B.J. Raji weighed less than the average weight of the Bengals offensive line).
Obviously we're projecting Jean-Gilles as the starter, which may not happen as per offensive line coach Paul Alexander. If it doesn't happen, then Nate Livings and his puny 332 pounds would still give Cincinnati a respectable 333.2-pound average. But in reality, there's just something about having two offensive guards weighing more than their neighbor offensive tackles. People make camp fire songs about this.
But no. It's not meant to be. According to the Wilmington News Journal, Jean-Gilles reportedly lost 30 pounds and now "weights in the neighborhood of 315-320." He also reportedly had gastric lap-band inserted that helped him to initially lose 50 pounds after being upwards to 400 pounds.
So how much does this hurt our averages? Taking into account Jean-Gilles projected weight of 320, the average weight for the Bengals offensive line drops dramatically to 330.8 pounds.
But weight (puns rule!). There's more.
Andre says at 333 pounds best he s felt since college
Now we're down to 1,649 pounds, or 329.8 pounds per linemen. It's great that these boys are taking care of themselves, losing weight. But I have to admit, I'm a little sad.
[Editor's note: Yes, I originally was writing that I was stoked about the weight of this line, but then I read more about Jean-Gilles and Smith losing weight. But I'm sure you can totally tell]