Sam made a mistake packing on 30 lbs. last offseason. He was a noticeably different and less explosive player last season.
He put on 30 lbs because it helps his draft status as a DE not to weigh 245 pounds. He's not the speed rusher Mingo is, so he needed the extra weight (so will Mingo for that matter). And I think you're over exaggerating what he lost. His numbers were actually sightly better this year than last, and he didn't have nearly as much help in the secondary as he did in 2011.
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