Training camp scuffle is no big deal
The New York Jets have won the first preseason game of the year and look like they haven’t missed a beat from last year. The training camp scuffle just a while ago ended up being no big deal.
Two veteran leaders of the New York Jets, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and cornerback Darrelle Revis, got into a recent altercation in practice. This is not something Jets fans should worry about and may actually be a sign of good things to come in the regular season. Revis and Marshall setting a tone of physicality and competitiveness may be the key to getting into the NFL Playoffs in a very competitive AFC.
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Revis has said that there is no animosity between the two and other Jets players are reportedly much more motivated by the incident. Defensive end Leonard Williams said seeing two good players going against each other was effective at lighting a fire under the other players. In an article written by Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, here is what he said:
“All they’re doing is pushing each other, and it sparked a fire in the rest of practice. Everybody just started going faster and started playing more physical, so we see it as a good thing.”
In reality, many players and coaches see no meaningful concern when this type of thing happens and this is certainly not the first time. Last year, cornerback Josh Norman and quarterback Cam Newton got into an altercation in training camp. The Carolina Panthers made a Super Bowl appearance and well, it probably helped them and their fans forget about it.
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Training camp sets a tone for the season and the expectations that the team sets for them.
Clearly, the Jets wants to be a physical team that gives 100% every time they step on the field regardless of the situation.
If that’s the case, this could be a dangerous team in 2016.
With quarterback Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension and the Denver Broncos having major questions at quarterback, this is an opportune time for the Jets to compete in the AFC.
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Remember, the Jets were one win away from making the playoffs. This is a hungry veteran team with a solid defense and an offense with many weapons. Fans know and respect that head coach Todd Bowles has set the bar high for the Jets and scuffles like this know the players believe they will exceed expectations again in 2016.