BOURBONNAIS -- Coach Marc Trestman “installed” a conditioning test at the start of his first training camp. Not exactly a test so much as a check-in to demonstrate that you as a player had gotten and stayed in shape for camp, an early spot-check on commitment to the team.
On Thursday the Bears went through the drill – a 300-yard shuttle that must be run in under 56 seconds, run three times, with a two minute break between each one – with an unofficial “perfect” score, according to participants, although the team does not put out official results.
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“It was great,” said defensive end Lamarr Houston, in his first camp after first four years with Oakland. “Everybody finished and everybody was in shape. Coach Trestman was impressed and so was our strength staff, and we looked good as a team.”
These kinds of endeavors can have downsides. Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus failed his test to the point of winding up on the non-football injury list. So did Cleveland Browns rookie running back Terrance West, although he took to Twitter to deny the story with an “LOL.”
Lol I passed my conditioning test. You people stop making up your own stories.— TWEST (@Terrancewest28) July 23, 2014
As far as the Bears, “everybody crushed it,” said tackle Jordan Mills. “It was a good effort every time everybody went, everybody clapping and everybody at every position did good.”