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Robert Nkemdiche is so out of shape that he couldn’t complete a run across the field

For The Win logo For The Win 8/22/2019 Andrew Joseph
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Six years ago, Robert Nkemdiche signed with Ole Miss as the No. 1 recruit in the country. In 2016, he was a first-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals.

But Nkemdiche's NFL career may not even see a fourth season.

The Cardinals released Nkemdiche this summer after he showed up to training camp in horrible shape and failed a physical. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 14 of last year, and that evidently stalled his ability to remain in football shape.

With the Miami Dolphins the latest team to take a chance on Nkemdiche, it's really not looking much better for the former first-round pick. According to The Miami Herald, Nkemdiche was in such poor shape that he was unable to complete a single gasser before Thursday's preseason game with the Jaguars.

Gassers are sideline-to-sideline sprints, and they're popular with coaches at the high school level and … uh … Freddie Kitchens. But these aren't 100-yard (and back) end zone sprints - we're talking about a 106-yard total run here for a professional athlete.

It's not a good sign that Nkemdiche, who is on the active/PUP list, couldn't do that.


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