Malik Jefferson knows he has a great opportunity in front of him.
With Vontaze Burfict suspended for the first quarter of the season, his starting spot at Will linebacker is up for grabs. The most likely candidate to start there is 2017 sixth-round pick Jordan Evans, but Jefferson can make a meaningful impression in training camp and the preseason to keep his name in the conversation. So it’s good to see him putting in work in the weeks leading up to the start of camp. The type of work that, you and I,
couldn’t shouldn’t think of doing.
Regular pushups, and even the unconventional clapping pushups, are feeble feats to the 21-year-old specimen that is Jefferson. Jefferson’s only here for the behind the back clap pushups, and I’m here for it too.
For your viewing pleasure, I attempted the Malik Jefferson challenge: one pushup, one clapping pushup, and one behind the back clap pushup. Observe:
Jefferson’s 27 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press at the combine is... let’s just say more than my personal record. That’s a factor I should’ve taken into consideration before failing so miserably.
Jefferson’s clearly in shape for his rookie season, and if his name is called upon early on, it’s a sign that his mental makeup is matching his physical makeup.
Now, please film yourself attempting this and send us the footage!