Passing a conditioning test at the beginning of training camp is not mandatory for members of the Atlanta Falcons, unless a player did not participate in 80% of the team’s voluntary OTA sessions.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that those players are required to run 16 110-yard sprints in an allotted time period based on position.
Five players, with at least 13 Pro Bowls combined, were required to complete this test before being allowed to participate in training camp. Two players were not identified, but future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, defensive end John Abraham, and veteran center Todd McClure took–and passed–the conditioning test.
Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White was a contract holdout last summer, and knew the test was coming when signed and reported to camp.
“It was nothing,” White said. “It was a breeze. We have like 10 seconds to make each run. It’s a little bit more than a slight jog.
“When you miss (the OTAs), you know it’s coming,” White added. “If you’ve been working out and doing what you’re supposed to do, then that test isn’t that hard.”