Fights between players usually happen late in training camp, after guys are tired of beating on one another in the heat and humidity and full pads that go along with those grueling workouts.
They do not normally occur during minicamp, when players are wearing shorts and jerseys and a cool June breeze is blowing across the field.
And yet …
“They got a little frisky, a couple of the young guys,” Tom Coughlin said. “There’s no place for that.”
It was towards the end of the practice when the first of two dustups took place. Damontre Moore and Bryant Browning got tangled up and Browning lifted and threw Moore to the ground (Browning outweighs him, 325 to 250, per the roster). It should be noted that yesterday Moore was able to push Browning around pretty good in practice, at one point driving him backwards into the quarterback. Perhaps Browning decided he’d had enough of that.
A few snaps later, a second melee ensued. This time it was Jeremy Horne and Charles James who were grabbing at each other. A pretty even fight weight-wise as Horne is a 193-pound wide receiver and James is a 179-pound defensive back. But then Browning (you remember him, 325 pounds!) came barreling in and cleaned both of them up.
That’s when Tom Coughlin had seen enough and yelled at the team. The Giants practice field hadn’t been that quiet since the lockout.
You might think that with players trying to make impressions to stick with the team and the lack of pads meaning that the bigger players are at a disadvantage to the speed guys, these kinds of things happen quite a bit.
“Once every so often,” Coughlin said, “but you don’t see it very often.”
So how lucky were we to see it twice in just a few moments?