Do the Carolina Panthers Really Have a 299lb Kraken on Their Hands?

You sure don't look 299 lbs Mr. Kraken, sir. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Greg Hardy is a little bit different, but that's why fans love him so much. Whether it's engaging fans on Twitter, tearing down goalposts, or embracing his Kraken nickname (which, it should be mentioned started here on CSR) he quickly became a player we all continue to watch and hope can develop into an elite pass rusher; a process that is still ongoing.

Two days ago Hardy took to Twitter to give a quick synopsis on where he's at this off-season:

"299 w/ 14% body fat ya boy put n in nothing but work"

Initially most thought this had to be a typo. If Hardy had truly put on 23 lbs of lean muscle mass since the end of the 2011 season, not only would be over twenty pounds heavier than Charles Johnson, but it didn't really jive with Ron Rivera's discussion a few weeks ago in which he said Hardy was playing a little heavy in 2011, and he had slimmed down. If Hardy was accurate then he's in almost uncharted territory being the size of a 3-technique defensive tackle, with the speed of a defensive end. Even at his heaviest Julius Peppers never touched 299 lbs, and he's taller than Hardy

Thankfully Twitter user BGBPantherfan was on the case and looked to scoop the answer:

BGBPantherfan: "Mr Kraken, what is your weight? You really bulk up to 299? We're all very curious on CatScratchReader"

Hardy: "all depends on the day lol"

Remember when I said he was a little bit different? If you plan to attend Thursday's practice please let us know how Hardy looks. It shouldn't require much more than an eye test to see if he looks slimmer than 2011, or whether he's a Lou Ferrigno-esque shade of green; if it's the latter please ask him for his workout tips.

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