Kliff Kingsbury’s description of Robert Nkemdiche: “Not in shape”

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Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury had a three-word answer when asked to describe the current status of defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche.

“Not in shape,” Kingsbury said. “That’s kind of where we’ll leave it.”

Nkemdiche is coming off a torn ACL he suffered in December, so it’s understandable if he’s not at full speed. But Kingsbury’s answer suggests that the team is not pleased with the way Nkemdiche has been preparing himself to get back on the field.

That’s been a common criticism of Nkemdiche, that he doesn’t work hard enough off the field to be ready to work on the field. The Cardinals selected Nkemdiche with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, but after three disappointing seasons, it’s fair to wonder whether he’ll even make the roster for his fourth season.

10 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury’s description of Robert Nkemdiche: “Not in shape”

  1. Robert Nkemdiche had a great opportunity for a fabulous career in the NFL. If he had some good counseling to calm down, and get grounded, he could be with the guys at the top of his position. Good luck in your future Robert, hope you find a rewarding career.

  2. Knew he was headed for the 1st round “bust” category when asked what was going to his very first purchase after signing his first NFL contract and he mentioned: a tiger…….

  3. I was so glad when our team didn’t take him. The negative on him coming out of college was being lazy plus a couple of other red flags. Total waste of a pick.

  4. Another part of Keim’s legacy with 1st round busts and bad drafting ability, oops not legacy quite yet, it seems someone forgot to fire Keim after such a great season and the that move up and giving away draft picks to draft Rosen (another bust).

  5. That was always the knock on him. From a physical talent perspective he’s a freak.

  6. Stick a fork in this guy, he’s done. He’s the epitome of a player who got by without any hard work before, and it doesn’t work like that in the pros.

  7. Nkemdiche singed a four-year contract for ~$8.6M including a ~$4.4M signing bonus. It looks like he just decided to mail it in and enjoy life with his signing bonus. He is due to make ~$1.1M this year and a $400k roster bonus if he’s on the roster on the 5th day of training camp. I hope he wasn’t counting on either of those because it’s not looking likely that he’ll get it. Let’s see if he finds some motivation when he finds himself out of a job. Maybe then the light bulb will come on. He’s not even going to get a sniff of an $8M+ contract on his next deal. Likely it’ll be the vet minimum with incentives because that’s probably the only way he’ll be motivated.

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