Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is hit in the first half of the NFL football game on Sunday, December 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz, by Arizona Cardinals defensive duel with Robert Nkemdiche (90) (AP Photo / Ross) D. Franklin)
Nkemdiche, who landed in the first round of the Cardinals in round 29 in 2016, may have had his most productive season, but with a reminder that he has not yet reached his potential. Under the first year head coach Steve Wilks' 4: 3 system, the professional in the fourth year, recorded 32 tackles, nine losses and 4.5 sacks last year. He had a strong camp, suffered a foot injury that limited him at the beginning of the year, and appeared in 10 games (six starts) before he suffered a seasonal injury.
Due to injuries and inconsistencies, Nkemdiche has been out of 48 possible regular games in 27 years since joining the NFL. His knee injury suffered in December brought his health into the regular 2019 season in doubt.
"I'm definitely not going to hide behind anything, and now, based on the fact that he was the first-round pick and the limited time on the field and production on the field, you would undoubtedly have to choose that selection Ask question, "said Steve Keim, General Manager of Cardinals, Doug & Wolf at 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station in December.
"I would expect him to heal well. Again he has to come back with a chip on his shoulder. If he wants to have a chance at a long-term career, he has to do it on the field.
The salary of Nkemdiches 2019 is set at $ 1.1 million, with roster and training bonuses totaling $ 500,000. Including his signing bonus, the maximum amount, according to Spotrac, is $ 2.7 million.
The fifth option for NFL players must be picked up a week after the draft has landed, which landed on Thursday, May 3 of this year.
Arizona will enter a training camp in which it will recover the recovering Nukemdiche goes. Currently listed as a defensive end, he will be inducted into the squad by Darius Philon, returnee Cameron Malveaux and rookies Zach Allen and Michael Dogbe. Tackles Corey Peters and Rodney Gunter also return.
Prior to the year, Keim said it was a "real concern" that Nkemdiche still had to produce on the field, considering his physical profile made him a pointy grub of Ole Miss. An off-the-field question likely contributed to his draft drop as he was charged with drug possession after falling out of a hotel window in Atlanta late in his junior year.
In his third season with the Cardinals, Nkemdiche played on 25 November 2018 his best game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
He finished the 45-10 defeat with seven tackles, four losses and 2.5 sacks and three more quarterback hits.
It's good to understand the concept of the process … and how to get better in your craft, "he said after the game in Los Angeles. "Do not let other people (expectations) decide for you. Somehow you have your own pace of what you do … but you always know that you work at a high speed.
"This game was more of a testament to me and just clarity, solidification (to keep) doing what you're doing getting better, paying attention to little things, being aggressive," added Nkemdiche. "They go from there better and better and always try to bite off the face mask of other peoples, if you have the opportunity."