EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The first day of the New York Giants’ padded practice at training camp ended abruptly on Tuesday when coach Joe Judge angrily addressed and punished his players for a team-wide brawl, which included quarterback Daniel Jones at the bottom of the stack.
After the scuffle, you could hear Richter deliver a rant against his team full of swear words. As a punishment, he made her take turns running laps and doing pushups. Then, after more than 10 minutes of punishment-related conditioning, the group gathered in a semicircle for one last insult before the training suddenly ended.
“Yes, things like that have consequences,” said Jones. “That’s the way it is in a game. You have to keep a cool head. There are consequences and it hurts your team. That was the message. I think everyone understands.”
The incident began when Evan Engram retaliated after a late hit against Corey Clement’s running back. Security Logan Ryan then came and leveled Engram from behind. The rest of the team, including Jones, then jumped into hand-to-hand combat, which immediately drew the wrath of the coaching staff. Nobody could have guessed what was coming next.
Jones was torn from the pile by offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins. Judge then began to lace himself into the group as a whole.
When asked why he was involved in the brawl, Jones replied that he was “part of the team”. His commitment did not go unnoticed.
“Hey, my god. I love it, ”said Clement. “At the same time, we don’t want our quarterback to get injured. Daniel knows that pretty sure too.
But it earned him extra confidence in the locker room.
“Yes, s —” added Clement. “That’s what you want to see. Even if he shouldn’t, hats off to him because you want a lot of guys to do that.”
Jones said he was not injured during the fight and that the Giants needed to “better control” their emotions and excitement during intense training and games. This appeared to be the judge’s main objection after the fight.
Jones said the players “got the message”.
It took about 12 minutes of 100 yard sprints and two sets of pushups to get the point across. But the incident perfectly illustrated Judge’s two sides. After the sophomore year head coach kept yelling at his team, he left the field and went to his waiting family, where he hugged his youngest daughter with a big birthday hug and an accompanying smile. Ryan, on the other hand, had no qualms about defending his teammate. He sees this as part of his job as a team leader.
“I’ll pay my fines,” he said. “I have no regrets for what I did out there. I protected my boys. Ultimately, I am a grown man. I will pay my dues.
Clement also downplayed the incident.
“It’s football,” he said.
None of the Giants players seemed to believe that this would cause problems in the locker room. In fact, they thought it would only make them stronger.
Clement even mentioned that shortly after the hand-to-hand combat in the locker room, they were joking again like nothing had happened.
“Football is a great sport because while you take some blows it brings you together as a family,” he said. “It doesn’t carry over. We all understand the nature of the game. You get hit, you get up again. If you don’t want to be there, you can’t cry about it. A hit is a hit.
“I don’t take anything else from it. I’ve been hit before. I’ve been hit all my life, so keep doing it. It’s training camp.”
The hits and fights were certainly not unique. They take place in almost every training camp every year. But it was Jones’ actions and Judge’s reactions that seemed to make this different.
Not Ryan, a veteran who won two Super Bowls with Judge while they were in New England together.
“Like I said, it wasn’t my first fight at training camp. Wasn’t my first round, wasn’t my first F-bomb, my first push-up,” said Ryan. “I’ve been in there for quite a while. It’s not necessary all the time, but I understand there’s a lot of passion out there. And I’m going to take passion.”