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From the miami herald

 

Boston gaining while he loses

 

The team believes transforming David Boston's physique from bulked-up to trim will benefit its new receiver.

 

By ARMANDO SALGUERO

 

asalguero@herald.com

 

 

David Boston peels off his practice jersey and teammates gawk.

 

''Damn,'' fellow Dolphins receiver J.R. Tolver said when asked what went through his mind the first time he saw Boston's body. ``A receiver isn't supposed to be built like that.''

 

Boston's abs are a rock-hard column of stacked muscles. He has cartoon superhero arms that seem chiseled of granite when he flexes. And his 5 percent body fat index is evidence he is lean.

 

And yet the Dolphins have asked this living statue of David to lose weight.

 

''My weight has been an issue for three years now,'' Boston said. ``Some people see it as a positive. Some people think of it as a negative. I guess people have to find something to talk about so they pick that. I don't think it's that big a deal.''

 

It's an issue for the Dolphins because, although Boston looked trim when he arrived in South Florida after being traded from the San Diego Chargers, coaches were dissatisfied with his quickness and endurance during Miami's first offseason camp.

 

Boston reportedly weighed 243 pounds at the time.

 

So the team put him into the same program that running back Ricky Williams went in when he first arrived from the New Orleans Saints in 2001. The program is called Dietary Engineering Thru Dietary Progressions and it employs blood work to determine which foods, chemicals and additives affect a player.

 

Boston's blood work revealed carbonated drinks have an adverse effect on his body. He also has been advised not to use any condiments, such as ketchup or mayonnaise.

 

''I was drinking a lot of diet sodas and stuff like that before but I've stopped doing that,'' Boston said. ``I really haven't changed what I eat, but I'm more careful about what I'm drinking.''

 

Why?

 

Because the Dolphins want Boston looking and playing more like the thinner, lankier receiver who caught 98 passes for 1,598 yards for Arizona in 2001. They don't want him looking or playing like the 248-pounder who caught 70 passes for 880 yards for San Diego last season.

 

''We're just trying to make him as quick as before,'' coach Dave Wannstedt said. ``[Receivers coach] Jerry Sullivan and I went inside and looked at some of his old [video clips] when he was in Arizona three years ago.

 

``And David sat down with Jerry and we watched the tape, seeing him do some things athletically that he was doing at 225 to 230 pounds that he can't do at 235 or 240.''

 

TARGET WEIGHT

 

Boston now weighs 235 pounds on his way to the 228 pounds the team will set as his playing weight. And once he reaches his goal, the Dolphins believe they'll have an accomplished receiver rather than a toned body builder.

 

''When you have an older player, and David is that even though he's only 25, you need to start cutting back on the weight to be more effective,'' Dolphins strength and conditioning coach John Gamble said. ``You perform better, and I think you're already seeing part of that with David.''

 

Gamble and Boston have forged a quick and fruitful bond, unlike the problems Boston had with his previous strength coach in San Diego. The two men often have long philosophical discussions about nutrition.

 

Gamble admits that when a player with minimal body fat begins to lose weight, he can become susceptible to hydration problems, cramps or muscle injuries. And Boston -- such an avid weight-lifter he devoted several hours on his wrists alone last week -- must be careful to balance just enough of the activity.

 

So far that balancing act has sent the scales sliding in the right direction.

 

''The one thing about David Boston is when he buys into something, he buys in all the way,'' Wannstedt said. ``. . . I do know that he's down at least 10 pounds.''

 

And he's expecting to do better.

 

''I want to do anything I can to help the team so I've made some minor changes to try to lose a few pounds,'' Boston said. ``Hopefully, that will pay off for everybody.''

 

Great to see him getting along with coaching.....I think my only concern with him was his attitude and his relationship with the team..... Its great to see him take one for the team especially when it concerns his weight...something he is obsessed with... I see this as a really good sign of things to come

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Give it time. He's a headcase.

I concur with the above.

 

I've followed Boston since his departure from my home away from home (the hallowed halls of Ohio State) and he's too darn big. This ain't body-building, it's football. Everytime he has to stretch for some pass he generally A) doesn't, because he's so bulky or B) stretches out and pulls something.

 

But, I wish him the best. Except when he's got Big Kevin Kaesviharn up in his grill.

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Yeah he can go crazy at anytime. Anyways the Dolphins still have a huge problems in the WR position.

Why do you say that Marlins? They will if Boston/Chambers injures themselves and Tolver and Simmons are really good from what I've seen of them. Besides, Derrius Thompson ain't no slouch either.

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