After Saquon Barkley and Mike Gesicki took over the NFL Combine the past couple days, Sunday is sort of a day off for Penn State.
It was assumed that Nittany Lions linebacker Jason Cabinda would compete in on-field workouts in Indianapolis — but he won’t be running the 40-yard dash, logging a vertical jump or showing off in the shuttle.
According to a report by NFL.com’s Kimberly Jones, Cabinda is at the Combine under a medical exemption and won’t participate in drills. Instead, the former Nittany Lion will work out in full at Penn State’s Pro Day on March 20 in Holuba Hall.
Cabinda’s trip to Indianapolis wasn’t empty, though. On Saturday, the linebacker put up 19 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press — beating out Iowa’s Josey Jewell, Wisconsin’s Jack Cichy and Michigan’s Mike McCray. Plus, he had plenty of opportunities to meet with teams.
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But Cabinda told the CDT on Feb. 19 that his trip to the Combine was “about running fast, jumping far, jumping high” and proving to scouts, executives and coaches that he was athletic enough to be a three-down linebacker in the league.
It appears that will have to wait a couple of weeks until Pro Day.
Penn State’s Combine will wrap up Monday, when defensive backs Marcus Allen, Grant Haley, Christian Campbell and Troy Apke are scheduled to take part in on-field activities.