There are always a lot of changes in an NFL locker room this time of the year. New players take the place of old ones. Guys change numbers -- sometimes creating a chain reaction of changes like the linebackers of the Giants are going through.

One of the changes I noticed last time we were around the team was Chris Canty. He's gotten, well, bigger.

He was always big. But this year he looks a lot stronger than he ever did last year. More muscular.

So I asked the defensive tackle about it today and he said that yes, he has made it a goal to get stronger this offseason.

"I'm bigger," he said. "It's a by-product of the weight room and training."

He's been working out at the Giants' complex since the disappointing season ended in January.

After a season in which he spent most of his time recovering from injuries, Canty said he wanted to make sure that didn't happen again. "The harder you train, the more you cut down on the chances of sustaining injuries," he said.

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He also wanted to improve in some areas.

"I wanted to get stronger, get faster, get more explosive," he said. "There was not enough suddenness in my game last year."

Canty has been lining up as a starting defensive tackle in OTAs. After spending a year at the position -- he was a 3-4 defensive end with the Cowboys for the previous four years of his career and never really looked comfortable at tackle in the Giants' 4-3 system -- it seems that he is getting his body developed for the rigors of life in the trenches.