It was discussed at Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni’s news conference on Friday that defensive lineman Jalen Carter’s conditioning wasn’t up to par during his Pro Day exercise in March.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni decided to address the questions as he dismissed the issues and criticism with Carter’s weight and made it clear that he’s not expecting everyone to be in gameday shape just yet.
“I told them straight up, things that I will — we obviously went over our rules, right, our team rules. And one of those team rules is be on time, and another one of those rules is be the weight you’re supposed to be and those are non-negotiable for me, and they know that and we’ll just keep that standard as we go,” Sirianni said, via ProFootballTalk.
Sirianni made it a point to state that the team will get him to where he needs to be.
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“But yeah, I sense that he wants to be the best pro he can be, and not every place — again, I don’t know exactly. I have no idea what each program says the person’s supposed to weigh, right, or sometimes, programs, even within the NFL don’t track that or they track it, but they don’t say, you have to weigh this amount; we do. So that’s just new to here. We will get him to what he’s supposed to play at, and I have no doubt in my mind he’ll do whatever he needs to do to be the player he needs to be.”
Once considered a potential No. 1 pick in next month’s draft, Carter weighed 323 pounds at the pro day, which was 9 pounds heavier than he was at the combine.
His conditioning wasn’t the only issue Carter dealt with this offseason.
The former Georgia star was charged with reckless driving and racing in connection with a crash that killed a teammate and a recruiting staff member.
He would later plead no contest to misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and racing, his attorney, Kim Stephens, revealed in March. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation, a $1,000 fine, and 80 hours of community service and will attend a state-approved defensive driving course.
If Carter can leave up to his potential, the Eagles are going to be a scary team on offense and defense.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.