Is it better or worse for Hightower to be playing slimmer? Dont’a Hightower, Down A Few Pounds, Looks Totally Different In This Photo It says he entered NFL at 270 pounds and has operated at that or 260+ during his time. This offseason he's decided to slim down and is at 250 pounds now. Doesn't sound like much but he looks drastically different in the picture below. Is slimmer better (more speed, better coverage ability) or worse (harder to have momentum when tackling running backs). Anyone have ideas?