The New York Giants will be addressing the top of the draft in the coming days, when Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and the four top quarterbacks come for a visit. The No. 2 overall pick demands that kind of due diligence. But there are six more rounds and then undrafted free agents to complete the process.
It was one of my first days in the Parabolic Performance NFL prep program when the trainers took out the cones. They assembled three of them in the shape of an L. We all knew what was coming. The three-cone drill is something most of the participants had seen before. Most of us, if not all, had never actually run it before.
It was on the second day of my combine grind that the Parabolic trainers set up the lines and cones for testing. The three-cone drill, also known as the “L drill,” was among the first we ran, almost immediately after the 40-yard dash.
With the 2017 NFL season officially over, our attention shifted last week to other things, including the draft. Except with the New York Giants’ season a train wreck and long over, I did that weeks ago.
I’m not alone. NFL combine prep has been going on for weeks, months even. College players are scattered at facilities across the country, training for the draft. This year, I decided to join them.
Glen Ridge resident Ali Hilberth was seeing a chiropractor for her back, neck and joint pain, looking for a long term solution to address her ongoing health issues. She decided to try nearby Parabolic Performance and Rehabilitation in Montclair.
Parabolic Performance & Rehab, a leading sports performance training and physical therapy practice and Hardcore Hoops, a basketball specific training and development facility located in Fairfield, New Jersey, announce a partnership that will integrate Parabolic’s service offerings to help Hardcore Hoops athletes perform at their highest potential.
Parabolic Performance & Rehab, a leading sports performance training and physical therapy practice is hosting the “Parabolic Quarterback Academy” at Sportika in Manalapan, NJ. The 5 week session will be held every Tuesday and Thursday night between May 16th & June 15th from 8-9pm.
Parabolic Performance & Rehab, a leading sports performance training and physical therapy practice and Sportika, a sports training and development facility in Manalapan, New Jersey, announce a partnership that will integrate Parabolic’s service offerings to help Sportika athletes perform at their highest potential.
This fifth-year senior linebacker from Rutgers didn’t let a learning disability stop him as a kid, and he won’t take “no” for an answer from the NFL.
PISCATAWAY – Quentin Gause’s primary measuring stick for the last two weeks was a piece of paper. The two-year starter at outside linebacker printed the testing results for all the NFL Combine participants at his position and used those marks to make sure that his scores Wednesday at Rutgers Pro Day put him in line with the best of the best in the 2016 draft class.
FARMINGDALE – Apparently someone forgot to tell members of the 2015 Rutgers football senior class that their time as teammates is supposed to be over.
Two months after playing their final college game, linebackers Quentin Gause and Steve Longa, running backs Paul James and Sam Bergen, and left tackle Keith Lumpkin still are on the practice field together.
6 Rutgers football alums are training for 40-yard dash and other NFL Draft measurables at Parabolic Performance & Rehab in Farmingdale. Ryan Dunleavy
CLIFTON — After missing 11 games due to various injuries during his first two seasons, Giants linebacker Devon Kennard devised a game plan last offseason.
In addition to his work at the Giants’ facility, Kennard visited Parabolic Performance & Rehab 1-2 times per week during the season for massage therapy and physical therapy sessions.
LITTLE FALLS — The alarm sounds at 5:30 a.m., even though Ruhann Peele’s day is built around something that doesn’t start for another 10 hours.
Without his driver’s license, he catches a ride with his mother from their home in Piscataway to New Brunswick on her way to a job in information technology in New York City.
CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell area residents looking for a feel-good sports story can learn something from Dean Caravela.
The James Caldwell High School student had finished in the top eight of his weight class as both a freshman and a sophomore, and was looking forward to his junior year. Recruitment from colleges had begun in earnest. Bucknell, Brown, Columbia and Princeton…all wanted him wrestling at their programs.
NORTH CALDWELL — A year ago, Will Tye was just another un-drafted rookie getting ready to fight for a spot in training camp.
The Giants tight end is approaching this offseason the same way he went about his preparation last summer. But when Tye reports to training camp later this month, there will be a big difference: Everyone will know who he is, and will have high expectations for him.
FARMINGDALE — As 53 offensive linemen arrive in Indianapolis on Tuesday for the NFL Scouting Combine, Keith Lumpkin is 700 miles away training at Parabolic Performance & Rehab in Farmingdale.
The Combine snub was a surprise for Lumpkin, who started 38 straight games at left tackle to finish his Rutgers career. “Keith Lumpkin not getting an invite is insane,” said Brian Martin, who is leading Lumpkin’s NFL training at Parabolic.
NORTH CALDWELL — Damon Harrison could be enjoying his honeymoon on a beach somewhere far away.
But, he’s not. Harrison is on the football field at West Essex High instead, a short drive down Routes 3 and 46 from MetLife Stadium.
FARMINGDALE — Former linebacker Steve Longa’s training schedule got accelerated on Jan. 26 when . Before receiving the Combine invitation, Longa had been preparing for Rutgers’ pro day on March 9.
“As soon as I got my Combine invitation, everything changed,” Longa said. “I knew I was going to get the Combine invite. I felt like I deserved it. But nothing is certain. I could feel some type of way about something, but people might have a different opinion, so I was on schedule for March 9.”
Rutgers junior linebacker Steve Longa declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 22 in an exclusive interview with NJ Advance Media. The Saddle Brook native will keep readers informed of his journey through a first-person diary (as told to Dan Duggan) that will run periodically on NJ.com until the draft in late April.
For his first entry, Longa describes the reaction to his decision to leave Rutgers early and he provides an update on his draft training at Parabolic Performance & Rehab in Farmingdale.
After Rutgers’ season ended on Nov. 28, redshirt junior linebacker Steve Longa was faced with a decision.
Coming off his third straight 100-plus tackle season, Longa was contemplating leaving for the NFL or returning to Rutgers for his senior year. Longa gathered information from as many resources as possible and then took a step back. After taking three weeks to weigh his options, Longa has decided that he’s ready for the NFL.
WEST CALDWELL – It’s mid-July, several weeks before training camp and the time of the NFL year when coaches and front office executives step away from their offices and onto the beaches or lake. The grind of the football season is still weeks away from officially beginning.
While the coaches and executives get some much-needed R&R after sleeping in their offices for what seems like the other 11 months, most players have already begun working.
There was a buzz last Friday afternoon inside Parabolic Performance & Rehabilitation, a 3,500-square foot training space that overlooks the ice skating rink inside Floyd Hall Arena on the campus of Montclair State.
Hip-hop music blared through the gym’s speakers, although the playlist wasn’t to the liking of Gary Nova, so the former quarterback, who is one of 13 NFL hopefuls training at Parabolic, came over to the iPod between sets and took over as DJ.