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Andre Smith praised for significant physical change via "legendary workouts"

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Offensive tackle Andre Smith, who is entering a contract year in 2015, is gaining a reputation for legendary workouts which are noticeably changing his body shape.

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A few months ago we updated on a story that Andre Smith appeared to have lost weight.

Apparently, there's more to this story... and it has nothing to do with J.J. Abrams lens flair trick or corny George Lucas CGI efforts. Somehow it's similarly shocking/surprising with less 40-yard dashes (where Kuato was emerging from his stomach) and more hard work.

Geoff Hobson with Bengals.com emphasized a change in Andre Smith's physical appearance, which is the result of a legendary work out regiment.

Even before Bengals strength and conditioning magnate Chip Morton opens his new weight room in ten days, Andre Smith’s off-season regimen has reached legendary proportions. Machine gun feet. Python arms. Cross-country chest. The agility drills look almost balletic and mesh with what has been called perfect football technique.

"I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, so I went and got last year’s video and put them side by side,’ former Bengals trainer Ray Oliver said this week. "I asked him, ‘What the heck are you doing?’ They’re two different guys. His body fat is down, he’s got more muscle. He’s transformed himself. He’s doing what they want, which is working on more explosion. He’s mimicking what Chip is going to have him doing up there in a couple of weeks."

What's with the change? Maturity, really.

"When I've been injured, I've come back overweight. I’m not the same ‘Dre," Smith said via Bengals.com. "I’m more mature, I’m older. It’s just my age." We ran a Chronicle story on Smith Wednesday, summarizing the extensive path that it took for him to reach this moment.