Players react to 2 more suffles
August, 3, 2012
By Mike Rodak, Mike Reiss & Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Two days after a large full-team scuffle, Patriots players engaged in two more during Friday's practice, with coach Bill Belichick ordering the entire team to take three laps around the field.
Afterwards, quarterback Tom Brady called a players-only huddle.
Some player reaction:
LB Bobby Carpenter (on the scraps)
“Competition is good, fighting is not. There is a fine line between taking it to the whistle and taking it a little bit beyond. It gets hotter, camp gets longer, about 9-10 days now, guys start getting a little irritated and agitated, and things get a little hot sometimes. That’s what those laps are for, to cool us off. ... You hit the same guy and no one wants to be embarrassed out there. You want to be competitive and improve, but there is avery fine line between competition and fighting.”
RB Stevan Ridley (on Brady calling a players-only huddle after scraps)
"Brady's our leader. It's Brady's show out here. For him to say something and voice his opinion, that's nothing that we haven't heard before. And he's only going to tell us that what's best for this team, and for us to get better. We all listen and we all key in when he talks, because at the end of the day, he's just trying to get to another championship, man. And that's what we want to do as a team effort. So we buy into whatever he says and whatever the coaches have to say."
WR Jabar Gaffney (on Brady leading 2-minute drive after the players-only huddle)
"He's a leader. We expect nothing less from him. When he gets fired up and gets going, we all have to follow behind him."
WR Jabar Gaffney (on the fine line between competition and fighting)
"Yeah, there is definitely a fine line. You want to be aggressive, but you don't want to hurt nobody in practice. You can't have fighting. We're a team out there. ... You have to realize we're all out here on the same team, trying to go for the same goal. If you get in a fight, and someone gets hurt, you're going to hurt the team."
RB Stevan Ridley (on the fine line between competition and fighting)
"I mean, it's camp, man. And that's part of camp. You can't really say it's a fine line, because a lot of people say that we're crazy to be out here playing this sport every day, but we do it because we love to do it. Sometimes tempers flare, but all we can do is just keep pushing forward. That doesn't separate us or pull us apart. We just keep battling, and that's how we know that we have a very competitive field that we're trying to put on the field this year."
DL Kyle Love (on the scraps)
"I don't really want to get into it too much. I don't want to talk about it. Everybody's just trying to compete at the end of the day. That's all it is, just football. That's about it on that."