The highlight of New York Jets training camp today was a brawl featuring about 20 Jets players, right near fans, with Rex Ryan pulling participants out of the pile. Fisticuffs are a pretty normal part of the training camp grind, as there comes a point when everyone is tired of seeing the same faces, tired of knocking heads with the same people, and irritated about getting up early and practicing in the heat all day while putting in long hours at night. Today's brawl was sparked by D'Anton Lynn and Joe McKnight, erupting into an all-out brawl.
The brawl at New York Jets practice today started when D'Anton Lynn (son of RBs coach Anthony Lynn) shoved Joe McKnight out of bounds after a handoff. It was actually a series of shoves that sent Joe McKnight out of bounds. McKnight fired the ball at Lynn and the two started fighting. The offensive and defensive players ran over, trampling over the advertisement boards on the sidelines and creating a massive pile with around 20 Jets involved. It was right near the fans who attended practice and Rex Ryan actually ran over and started pulling players out of the pile.
The Jets are getting to that point in camp when they're tired of hitting each other every day. NFL training camp is a grind day after day, and smashing heads with the same guy every day can cause some animosity to brew. Fights are part of the deal. Some coaches have been rumored to give players incentive to start fights, thinking that it raises the intensity of the practice.
This fight does have some interesting side notes. D'Anton Lynn and Joe McKnight were the two players at the center of the brawl. D'Anton Lynn is the son of running backs coach Anthony Lynn, and Joe McKnight is a running back. Obviously this will have no bearing on that relationship, but it's an interesting side note.
What this really tells us is that the Jets are ready to see another team. They are tired of going up against the same guys every day and it's time to see a bad color and get after it together as a team. The Jets will finally get that chance Friday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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