The Arizona Cardinals spent a first-round choose on Mississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche within the 2016 NFL draft.
Final month, rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury minimize the defensive sort out after three seasons with the group, a yr earlier than his rookie contract expired. His offense? He wasn’t in form.
He’s since signed with the Miami Dolphins, the place he joined the group on the lively/PUP checklist, which suggests he can apply, however just isn’t on the group’s gameday roster.
Nkemdiche nonetheless combating health
Judging by a report from Thursday’s preseason pregame drills, he gained’t be suiting up on gameday anytime quickly.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald stories that Nkemdiche couldn’t full a fundamental drill that requires gamers to run the width of the sphere and again once more.
Robert Nkemdiche, who joined the Dolphins a few weeks in the past and is on lively/PUP, would not appear to be in any form of soccer form. Tried to run gassers pregame and couldn’t full run throughout subject (53 1/three yards) and all the way in which again.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) August 22, 2019
Nkemdiche was a drive at Ole Miss in rush and go protection. The Cardinals hoped he’d be the identical in Arizona earlier than finally giving up on him after he performed in simply 27 video games in three seasons earlier than exhibiting as much as camp off form.
He totaled 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss throughout his time in Arizona.
The Dolphins took an opportunity on Nkemdiche with a $1.16 million contract with the reported endorsement of his former Ole Miss teammate Laremy Tunsil.
It seems like Tunsil vouched for the incorrect man.