For young players, mini-camp is a chance to earn a roster spot by proving yourself to the coaches, which will naturally cause tempers to flare. Such was the case at New York Giants' mini-camp on Wednesday, which saw two fights break out, forcing Tom Coughlin to pause the practice and address his players.
The first incident occurred when offensive lineman Bryant Browning and third-round pick Damontre Moore got into a scuffle during 11-on-11 drills. Only a couple minutes later two more players got into it; this time wide receiver Jeremy Horne and cornerback Charles James. All four players involved were rookies. Following the commotion, Coughlin brought practice to a holt to share some simple words with the players.
"Cut the [B.S.] out," coach Tom Coughlin yelled. "Execute the play and get credit for it."
After practice Coughlin voiced his displeasure to reporters regarding the skirmishes.
"Yeah, a little frisky, couple of the young guys," Coughlin said after practice, regarding the fights. "There's no place for that."
The Giants' locker room was open before practice rather than after so reporters were unable to get the players' reactions. Fights during practice are a common occurrence during mini-camps and training camps. Expect to hear about more incidents such as these as offseason sessions continue.
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