Thursday’s practice session at New York Giants training camp contained plenty of what head coach Ben McAdoo referred to as “dust-ups”.
The most notable was between defensive tackle Damon Harrison and offensive tackle Bobby Hart. Their confrontation lasted longer than usual, continuing between drills. Harrison and Hart yelled at each other and tried to continue their fight even with their teammates attempting to hold them back.
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Another dust-up featured right tackle Adam Bisnowaty and defensive end Romeo Okwara. They tried to get at each other on several plays. Harrison, centers Weston Richburg and Brett Jones, defensive tackle Josh Banks, and defensive end Olivier Vernon also entered the fray.
McAdoo appreciates the intensity shown during these confrontations, which mostly occurred during running drills early in practice.
“I like the intensity early in practice. I thought we were physical on both sides of the ball,” McAdoo said. “On the half-line drill, then we turn it into our 9-on-7 drill inside run…it was very physical with the gap schemes and that’s part of it, but we need that physicality.
“We’re going to turn into a heavy-handed, physical football team. We just have to do a better job of handling the extracurricular activities after the whistle.”
Thursday’s practice was the third practice in pads and the second consecutive day of practicing in full pads. McAdoo said he will step in if the “dust-ups” continue.
The physical confrontations are as much a part of training camp as the drills themselves.
“That’s football, that’s August camp,” offensive lineman Justin Pugh said. “It happens every year. You go into the locker room, you shake that guy’s hand, you move on from it. It’s part of it. Nine-on-seven, three days in pads we’ve been, so it was bound to happen. We’ve just got to make sure we protect each other because we’re family.
“At the end of the day, come September, whenever we play Dallas (in the regular season opener), we’re all on the same team, we’re wearing the same jersey. So that’s the thing we have to keep in mind.”