Failed conditioning test a big deal?

Failed conditioning test a big deal?
July 23, 2013, 4:45 pm
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How big a deal is it that Ravens wide receiver/dancer Jacoby Jones reportedly failed his conditioning test at the opening of training camp? What does this predict for Jones’ 2013 season?

When we think about failed tests, we’re liable to connect to disasters such as Albert Haynesworth with the Redskins, but let’s look at a few instances from last year.

The Ravens’ top draft pick, linebacker Courtney Upshaw, wasn’t able to pass the conditioning test the first time around. Upshaw went on to have a rookie season in which he showed flashes of the talent that made him a high selection, but he was far from consistent. “Disappointing” would be too strong a word, but neither was he an unqualified success.

At Cowboys camp, running back Felix Jones also failed his initial try. He was slated to be the backup, a role he still filled, gaining 402 yards on 111 carries. His 3.6-yard average rush was the lowest of his career. The Cowboys didn’t bring him back, and he signed with the Eagles, where he will compete for the No. 2 running back position behind LeSean McCoy and possibly return kicks.

Jones wasn’t the only Cowboy to flunk the test last year. Wide receiver Andre Holmes did, too. He was supposed to contend to be Dallas’ No. 3 wide receiver. Holmes ended up catching two passes, and he’s now with the Raiders.

So read what you will into Jones’ failed test. I kind of wonder, though, what score he would have gotten from Carrie Ann Inaba.