Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/14/14
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe says the way he's running routes right now is no illusion: he's lighter, faster and prepared to rebound in a big way this season. "I made the initiative to be in better shape," Bowe told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "I'm getting older, and talking to the old vets, the only way you last longer is to be in better conditioning. I took that to the heart and am training extremely hard this year." A couple months shy of his 30th birthday, Bowe said he weighs around 212 pounds — down from his playing weight of 222 to 225 in the past — thanks to a diet featuring fish, vegetables and fewer carbs, plus intense workouts in Miami with his personal trainer. He certainly appeared to be moving well in pattern Monday, when he joined Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald's annual workouts at the University of Minnesota for a final tune-up before Chiefs veterans report to training camp July 23 in St. Joseph, Mo. "I'm moving around, doing lot of motion (in the Chiefs offense), so I want to be as fit and in as good a shape as possible," Bowe said. "I feel lighter, and it's definitely because of what I'm eating and how I'm treating my body. That's the main reason why I'm feeling so explosive." The Chiefs could use some explosion from Bowe, who signed a five-year, $56 million contract in March 2013 that included $26 million in guarantees, then turned in a disappointing seventh NFL season despite the team's improvement from 2-14 to 11-5 under new coach Andy Reid.
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