New Philadelphia Eagles RB Felix Jones Must Actually Stay in Shape Under Chip Kelly
It is certainly easier for an NFL player to make a name for himself in a negative fashion than in a positive one, mostly because the media is constantly primed and ready to pounce on any public figure who messes up because it simply makes for popular news.
In ex-Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones’ case, he didn’t commit any crime or immoral act that was newsworthy or relevant, but instead he simply showed up for training camp overweight, out of shape and unable to pass the Cowboys’ most general conditioning test in 2012.
The inability to maintain physical fitness can be absolutely crushing in regards to a professional athlete’s reputation, because that is the simple foundation of their career. Remember former two-time All-Pro DT Albert Haynesworth? The mammoth of a man who went from being the highest paid player in the NFL to completely unemployed in a matter of three years, simply because he refused to stop eating and start exercising.
After a half-decade in Dallas, where the former 2008 first-round draft pick made zero impact, the ‘Boys decided not to re-sign Jones following the 2012 season.
Well, first-time NFL head coach Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles decided to bring Jones’ aboard this off-season to help backup starting RB LeSean McCoy. Eagles second-year RB Bryce Brown will also be fighting for carries in the Birds’ backfield and will likely begin the season as McCoy’s primary backup.
And if you think that Kelly is going to let any splinter of poor conditioning creep into his high-octane, mile-a-minute spread offense, than you are dead wrong.
Kelly is known for his insistence on premiere nutrition and non-stop training, because he believes that professional athletes must be at their peak physical fitness in order to perform up to their potential.
If Jones fails to meet any of Kelly’s conditioning expectations, even once, you can rest assured that he will not step foot on the field for the Eagles in 2013.
Which Atlanta Falcons player ended up on the “NFL’s All-Bad-Contracts Team”?
Every year, Grantland's Bill Barnwell crafts his All-Bad-Contracts Team, and all any fan is hoping for is that they don't see one of their team's players pop up. Well, Falcons fans, here's the bad news: You didn't make it through unscathed. The good news, though, is that only one Falcon made it onto the list ... Read More
Bills C Eric Wood happy the NFL showed consistency in Tom Brady appeal
There are a lot of opinions being thrown around about Tom Brady after the league's decision to not overturn his four-game suspension yesterday, but Bills center Eric Wood's was one of the most honest. Read More
LOOK: This “A Few Good Men” spoof perfectly represents Tom Brady and DeflateGate
I'm tired of DeflateGate, so freaking tired. I want it to be done. I don't want to hear about it again. I want to forget it ever happened. Unfortunately, that's just not going to happen. Read More
This stat about Lavonte David shows just how amazing he truly is
Next to J.J. Watt, you could make a solid case that Lavonte David is the best defender in the NFL. You won't hear that from the press or ESPN or the fans or the end-of-the-year-award voters, but stats don't lie. And this stat says it all. Read More