On a play late in practice, during live goal-line snaps, Prince Amukamara was covering Domenik Hixon on the outside. The ball went in the other direction, but clearly some kind of spark was kindled between those two players as they shoved each other and then grabbed each other’s jersey. Then for the next five or six seconds, they …
Stood there. Talking.
Welcome to training camp fighting, Giants style. While the other team in town may be garnering headlines for their mid-practice brawls and sweater-ruining scrums, over here in Albany the Giants take things with a more peaceful approach. Amukamara and Hixon? They essentially broke themselves up after a while, although Kenny Phillips and Victor Cruz came running over to help nudge them away from each other. Earlier in practice Michael Coe and Julian Talley gave each other an extra shove after a play, then went to their neutral corners. And Janzen Jackson, on the scout team covering kickoffs, must have done something to irritate Mark Herzlich because the two of them shoved one another. Once. Then they made up.
Tom Coughlin was asked about the scuffles.
“What scuffles?” he asked back.
Of course Coughlin doesn’t condone outlandish fighting, but there are some who would like to see a little bit more fire. After he came back to the group of defensive players, Amukamara was hearing it from his teammates. And they weren’t congratulating him for standing his ground. Justin Tuck egged him on, telling the second-year back that if that happened again Prince had his permission as defensive captain to keep going after Hixon. And JPP was yelling at Prince: “It ain’t over! It ain’t over!”
Only it was. Over. Before it ever really started.
Usually at this point in training camp there have been a few dustups more severe that the Dancing with the Stars-type of contact we’ve seen thus far. And usually it’s because after nearly two weeks of practicing against each other players are tired of one another and looking forward to hitting another team. But even that old adage has gone out the window thanks to the new CBA.
“I certainly don’t think after the number of practices that we have had – 10 - that anybody is tired of hitting on each other,” Coughlin said. “I am sure they are anxious to play someone in another uniform.”
Or hit anyone at all for that matter.