Motivation has not been a problem for Robert Nkemdiche during Arizona Cardinals rookie camp.
The former Ole Miss defensive lineman was actually told to take it down a notch by Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.
“He was killing people in walk through,” Arians told Fox Sports 910’s Mike Jurecki. “I had to slow him down. It’s a walk through, and he bench-pressed a lineman already.”
The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement states that contact is not allowed during rookie camp. Apparently, Nkemdiche never got the memo, Arians joked that it could get him in a bit of trouble.
“If I get fined, I’m taking it out of your check,” Arians told Nkemdiche, according to Jurecki.
The good news is Nkemdiche has brought a ton of energy to Arizona after character issue concerns arose during the draft process. A particularly alarming moment occurred in January when Nkemdiche fell out of an Atlanta hotel room window and was later charged with marijuana possession. Nkemdiche was regarded as a top 10 talent, but fell to the end of the first round before being selected 29th overall by Arizona.
So far, Nkemdiche has been everything the Cardinals could have asked for and, apparently, more.