Combine schedule change prompts prospects to skip the bench press

NFL: FEB 25 Scouting Combine
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The Scouting Combine moved the bench press to the same day as on-field drills this year. That prompted most prospects to opt out of showing how many times they can bench 225 pounds.

Only 18 of 59 offensive linemen opted to lift Friday, the Associated Press reports. Other positions saw similar numbers of non-participants in the bench press.

“I’m just going to do it at my Pro Day,” Colorado linebacker Nate Landman said, via the AP. “My bench would be at 10 a.m., and my 40 is at 8 p.m. You don’t want to rile up and go back down and then try to rile back up again, which a lot of guys are finding out.

“And it’s a lot of stress, this whole process. And so, when I can relieve that by pushing some stuff to Pro Day, then why not? Just to be at peak performance.”

Organizers suggested the change was made to shorten the time players are in Indianapolis and came in response to previous post-combine surveys. Some players complained that soreness from the day after lifting impacted their workout results.

The Associated Press also indicated the schedule change was made to accommodate the shift of the workouts to prime time for television.

Zion Johnson, a guard from Boston College, has the most reps of participants thus far with 32.

7 responses to “Combine schedule change prompts prospects to skip the bench press

  1. “My bench would be at 10 a.m., and my 40 is at 8 p.m. You don’t want to rile up and go back down and then try to rile back up again, which a lot of guys are finding out.

    Man, these kids have been getting soft lately. Bench pressing at 10 in the morning and 40 at 8 pm is too difficult? lol

  2. Every year Rich Eisen ruins one of the best days for true NFL fans his constant never ending praise defense and over the top silly ramblings every hour on the hour childish defense of his school is ridiculous this is the fault of the management of the NFL network Daniel Jeremiah deserves praise for dealing with his endless antics
    i and others i talked with agree “something ” needs to be done let ESPN a much more professional
    network take over for the mickey mouse NFL clown show that network puts out every year.

  3. I can’t work out at 10am and again at 8pm? Now I know why teachers are so frustrated.

  4. Orlando Brown performed poorly in the bench press and was pushed all the way into the third round. On tape, he was clearly the strongest man on the field. He’s been a dominant NFL player. Would anyone learn from it? Nope.

  5. So a guy can’t bench at 10 in the morning and run a 40 at 8-o,clock at night? Give me a break…

  6. nhpats says, “So a guy can’t bench at 10 in the morning and run a 40 at 8-o,clock at night? Give me a break…”
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    If they said bench at 10, run at 11, I suspect that they would have a lot more participation. To operate at a Pro athlete level, it takes 30 to 90 minutes of warm up. That warm up stresses the body. You want to do it once. I get it.

  7. Ok,this is not like “sweating to the
    Oldies” with Richard Simmons. This is a major workout that puts stress on the body that requires rest and rehab afterwards.
    But once again the big money networks dictate over the safety and health of the athletes.This is why the NFL still comes under scrutiny regarding concussion safety and protocols and the seriousness of the protection of players.

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