The big story from today's New York Jets training camp practice was more fighting. The Jets made headlines yesterday for a dust-up between Joe McKnight and D'Anton Lynn, and most thought the fighting was done. The Jets teed it up again, with an early scuffle prompting Rex Ryan to bring the players in and try to put an end to it. When another fight erupted minutes later, Rex Ryan actually stopped practice to punish the team by making them run gassers.
The New York Jets are a bunch of barbarians staging their own version of Fight Club. At least that's what you would think if you've been watching the coverage of Jets training camp the past few days. The Jets have had a few scuffles, nothing really out of the ordinary, but it has been magnified, as expected with a team that attracts media attention and had chemistry issues in 2011.
Yes, the Jets did have a fight yesterday and multiple fights today. Rex Ryan did stop practice to make the team run gassers to get his point across that he wants the fighting to stop. No, it will not have any impact on how the Jets perform this season. Go to Pittsburgh Steelers camp, New England Patriots camp, New York Giants camp or any training camp around the NFL and there will be scuffles. Football is an intense, violent game played to the brink of throwing punches. When it's played at the level day after day against the same guys, with jobs on the line and people's livelihood at stake, it's bound to boil over.
If anything, it's a sign that Jets practices have been intense this week since they are getting to that level.
That's not to say that the Jets want their players trading blows every practice. Fights are a part of training camp, and it's good that the Jets will get to play a preseason game against another team this Friday when they play the Cincinnati Bengals. It's time for the team to see a bad color.
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