For Jason McCourty, it is not a big deal that every player who participated in Friday’s pre-training camp conditioning test passed.
“A conditioning test isn’t really too impressive to me,” the veteran cornerback said. “It’s just running. We’re not track (athletes) so it’s just a matter of getting out there and showing that you’ll be able to practice (Saturday) without injury and you are in shape and you put in the work during the offseason.
“For the most part, everybody looked good.”
Not everybody ran it, though.
Of the 90 players on the active roster, two did not and are not cleared to participate in the first camp practice, Saturday morning.
• Starting left guard Andy Levitre is on the non-football injury list following an appendectomy earlier this week. He is expected to miss the first two weeks of camp.
• Rookie free agent defensive end Marcus Dixon is on the physically unable to perform list because of a calf injury.
“The designation for Levitre is that it’s the worst excuse for getting out of a running test I’ve ever seen,” coach Ken Whisenhunt joked.
Everyone else completed the required two 300-yard shuttles (25 yards up and back six times) within the allotted time. They also came in at, or under the weight that coaches demanded (last year’s top choice, Chance Warmack actually was a pound over but given that he weighs more than 300, he was given a pass).
“There were a couple guys that were close, that’s because we put some tough weights on guys,” Whisenhunt said. “I think a little bit of it was trying to manage the four-week period they were away (following minicamp). So I think that will stabilize. There’s not really anyone I’m worried about from a weight standpoint.
“…I was pleased with the conditioning test. Everybody did what they were supposed to do.”