MC Day 2: Q&A with Michael “The Burner” Turner

Michael "The Burner" Turner after practice on Saturday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Michael "The Burner" Turner after practice on Saturday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

FLOWERY BRANCH –  Falcons running back Michael Turner has been powering through the drills and looking real sharp during the team’s minicamp.

After Saturday morning’s practice, we caught up with the Burner for a few questions:

Q: Can you update us on your offseason and recovering from you ankle injury?

A: I was just rehabbing, taking my time with it. There wasn’t any rush since we didn’t have any games.  We took a longer process of letting it rehab and letting it heal before I did any running or pounding on it.

Q: Have you lost some weight?

A: I’m still the same, it just looks different. I just moved it around a little bit to all the right places a little bit. (He’s listed at 244 pounds, same as last season)

Q: What has been the focus of your workouts?

A: I’ve been here doing a little extra cardio. I changed my eating habits a little bit. Some typical stuff.

Q: Did you talk to Tony Gonzalez about his All-Pro Diet?

A: I talked to him a little bit. (laughs). No, I’ve just really been staying on top of it this offseason because that’s when you tend to eat more junk food and things like that. I’m just trying to get in the habit of eating healthy and get that conditioning part out of the way so I don’t have to worry about it later on.

Q: You’re running pretty hard out there, is there anything that’s motivating you for the season?

A: Yeah, the Super Bowl. The Saints are in our division and we play them twice. They have been fortunate enough to put an unbelievable season together and win the Super Bowl. They came out of no where and nobody expected them to do that. We have a good chance here. We have a lot of good players. We just have to stay healthy. We have a good chance.

Q: How tough was it coming through that injury last year? If you look at your numbers, you were right on pace for 20 touchdowns and about 1,700 yards.

A: I was on pace even though we started out slow in the run game. We picked it up. Once we got things going, that’s when I went down. I hated for that to happen, but that’s football. I’m just trying to make sure that it doesn’t happen again this year.

Q: Was that too much of a workload (in 2008)?

A: No, I didn’t feel it was too much. I’m ready. This is what I love to do. I enjoy being out on the field playing football. I’m a running back. . . . they can give it to me every play if they want to. I wouldn’t prefer that, but I’m just out there trying to do my job. I’ll just let the numbers take care of itself.

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May 8th, 2010
1:44 pm

he was listed at the same weight last year, but he was heavier in minicamp last year

D. Bell

May 8th, 2010
1:57 pm

ESPN’s NFC South blogger has a nice piece about Turner shedding some fat during the offseason.

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Reid Adair

May 8th, 2010
3:31 pm

Glad to hear that Michael Turner is in better shape for 2010. Sounds like he is focused and doing everything he needs to do.


May 8th, 2010
4:35 pm

What we’re reading about Michael T. gives me more hope for this year than anything else. A lean, fit, and specially motivated Turner, if he stays healthy, can give the team very broad shoulders to ride on…to ride on a long way.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 8th, 2010
4:42 pm

Greg — Great assessment. You need you Alpha dogs to pull the sled.

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