Earlier this week, New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles had to get on rookie linebacker Darron Lee for tackling a teammate in a non-contact drill. It looks like Arizona Cardinals rookie defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche was a little too excited about his first day of practice as well.
The 2016 first-round pick was ready to practice and show off his physicality. However, he might have gone a little too hard during a walk-through drill, which coach Bruce Arians had to say something to him about.
“He was killing people in walk-through,” Arians told Kent Somers of azcentral.com. “I had to slow him down. It’s a walk-through, and he bench-pressed a lineman already.”
This might not be so bad if it were doing training camp or practice. However, if Nkemdiche is not careful, the team and the coach can get in big trouble with the NFL and Arians made sure to let the rookie know that.
“If I get fined, I’m taking it out of your check,” Arians told Nkemdiche.
He might not say it publicly, but Arians likely loves the fact that Robert Nkemdiche is ready to take the field and hit somebody.