...I'm just going to snap. If you havent heard, Joe McKnight hasn't had the greatest of practices. He's having to take breaks because of what could be hydration or conditioning problems.
Of course, this is about the time when Jet fans get all worried that their prized 4th round pick is going to bust. Well, McKnight's situation is anything but unique.
Here is Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, on Dez Bryant's workouts:
But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to work on for Bryant. His conditioning was noticeably lacking, as was the case with many players in attendance. Bryant must get in better shape to keep up with the fast pace of pro workouts.
From Arrowhead Pride, on the Chief's rookies:
"It was pretty obvious today during practice that they’re well behind (in terms of the conditioning program)," Haley said.
All these players have been (hopefully) staying in shape leading up to the draft because they were taking pre-draft visits hoping to impress a team enough to draft them. Haley said the Chiefs coaches tried to warn the players on the pre-draft visits that all the pre-draft travel won't make it easy to step right into a minicamp.
"They’re behind, and if you’re not doing football-related things, if you’re just sitting at Lifetime (Fitness), running on a treadmill, watching TV in an air-conditioned situation, no matter what you’re doing, it’s not going to be the same thing," he said.
I can find a million more (well, not a million) instances where rookies are behind the ball in terms of conditioning. They haven't played football in 5 or 6 months. They have been traveling a lot, and worried about getting their lives in order, moving to a new city, finding an agent, etc.
So before we all go crazy on poor Joe McKnight, is it too much to ask for more than 2 days of rookie mini camp to make a fair assessment of him? I can't remember a team not winning the Superbowl because their 3rd RB was dehydrated in the second day of rookie mini camp.