TAMPA, Fla. — Tempers flared on Working day 2 of joint procedures involving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans in Tampa, ensuing in 5 altercations that experienced to be damaged up inspite of both Bucs mentor Bruce Arians and Titans coach Mike Vrabel expressing zero tolerance for battling before the practices.
“A lot of grown males competing with emotion. Matters happen. Just received to safeguard your brothers,” stated Bucs within linebacker Devin White.
Reported Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean: “It really is very hot, it truly is intensive and we’re just competition. Yesterday I truly feel like we did not participate in to our requirements, so there was a significant emphasis on coming out there today.”
Numerous Bucs gamers echoed Dean’s sentiments, stating they felt like the Titans practiced with additional intensity Wednesday. But Thursday was a reversal, with the Bucs showing to have the upper hand, as Arians indicated starters would not participate in Saturday and wanted to display their effort in follow Thursday.
“The depth was a great deal higher nowadays,” reported large receiver Chris Godwin. “I really feel like it normally is on the next day of joint procedures in the heat like this, tempers did type of get going, and guys were just aggressive.”
Reported Vrabel: “It sucked. From what I saw, we failed to do very nicely offensively. I don’t feel we competed like we did yesterday. In all probability a ton of reasons. But just not good ample. Plainly they were being greater these days. We are going to see how we reply and acquire to coaching and participate in on Saturday.”
Issues got heated early.
All through a a single-on-a single towards Titans cornerback Chris Jackson, Bucs large receiver Antonio Brown complained that he was currently being held. Brown confronted Jackson, ripping his helmet off and throwing punches prior to Clayton Geathers attempted to split it up. Bucs coaching camp intern Louis Murphy pulled Brown off of Jackson. Brown briefly left the observe to interesting down before returning.
Upcoming arrived a dust-up among Titans large receiver Fred Brown and Bucs cornerback Herb Miller throughout a punt period of time that was taken to the ground, with Brown on major. Then, on an additional unique teams play, Bucs inside of linebacker K.J. Britt and Titans linebacker Nick Dzubnar wanted to be separated.
For the duration of a run participate in, Titans broad receiver Cam Batson and White wrestled to the ground, despite the fact that White explained he was simply defending a teammate. Vrabel ran more than to attempt to intervene as teammates surrounded the scrum.
“I was just seeking to assist a person of my brothers. I just found one particular of my brothers like get tossed about, so I just attempted to assistance him — that is all,” White stated. “We all tossing and turning. … I really never know, it was a person of our corners, a single of our DBs, a safety or anything. It was following a operate play. I seriously could not inform you. Thoughts had been going. You see your exact shade jersey with two other jerseys that are the reverse colour — you just want to support your male.”
A fifth scuffle arrived when defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons acquired into it with Bucs working again Leonard Fournette, whom Simmons would not let go of, and Bucs centre Ryan Jensen retaliated.
“Which is a thing the coaches talked about yesterday prior to we initial bought out here,” Simmons stated. “It’s soccer. It truly is competitive. There are a good deal of men that want to contend. We’re competing for careers, for [a] place so which is going to be there. It is really the match of football, one of the highest competitive sports in the earth. There are heading to be fellas chipping off, men speaking smack or whatever it may perhaps be. But we will not want punches thrown or nearly anything like that.”
Afterwards Thursday, Fournette posted a movie to his Instagram tale in which he named Brown “the heavyweight champ” for his scuffle, with the two bursting into laughter.
Leonard Fournette calls Antonio Brown “the heavyweight champ” just after landing a pair punches in today’s joint practice with the Titans. pic.twitter.com/kGY3aqyLDa
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) August 19, 2021
In spite of both equally coaches getting a severe stance on combating before the tactics, they downplayed Thursday’s incidents.
“The combating? I failed to see any preventing,” Arians claimed. “A ton of pushing and shoving. I did not see any fists while.”
With simultaneous practices going on across numerous fields, it is really feasible Arians didn’t see Brown throwing punches. But it was caught on camera as it occurred all through the part of follow that was open up to nonetheless pictures. When questioned especially about Brown, Arians said, “Nah. Waving flies.”
When requested if he’d problem punishments if, when he goes back again and watches the tape, it appears punches were being thrown or things bought out of hand, Arians shook his head.
Vrabel downplayed the drama, as did Titans veteran guard Rodger Saffold.
“Our task is to carry out soccer performs. Irrespective of whether or not there are sidebars or altercations,” Vrabel reported. “I get it. It’s sizzling out there. Men are competing and seeking to finish. Those points come up.”
“I’m too aged, person. I look at it and say, ‘Maybe I am going to get in there.’ But nah, it’s 50 yards away so I just chilled and rested,” Saffold said. “I suggest, it really is part of the sport. They arrived out today on fire. We had a really excellent apply yesterday. That’s what you want to see. Folks compete. It truly is warm. There’s a good deal of pushing but as lengthy as there are no punches thrown we are great.”