If Thursday’s joint apply is any indication of how Saturday’s preseason sport between the Titans and Buccaneers will go, it is going to undoubtedly be a sport price following. The apply — which happened below excessive Tampa warmth — had 5 altercations with the principle occasion being Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown punching Titans cornerback Chris Jackson.
Brown complained that he was being held by Jackson earlier than ripping Jackson’s helmet off. The veteran receiver then unfurled a number of punches earlier than the 2 had been separated. Brown, who has not often made headlines since becoming a member of the Buccaneers halfway by way of the 2020 season, momentarily left apply to gather himself.
One other notable altercation happened between Titans defensive sort out Jeffery Simmons, Buccaneers working again Leonard Fournette and Tampa Bay middle Ryan Jensen. Jensen intervened after Simmons would not let go on Fournette.
“That wasn’t our focus,” Simmons said about Thursday’s altercations, through ESPN’s Turron Davenport. “Our focus was to return in and do what our coaches educate. It is soccer. It is aggressive. You have obtained a variety of guys competing for jobs, for spots. … There’s going to be guys chipping off, guys speaking smack or no matter it might be. However we do not need punches thrown or something like that.”
Whereas Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians downplayed the incidents, Titans coach Mike Vrabel was extra involved together with his offense following Thursday’s joint apply.
“It sucked,” Vrabel said, through ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “From what I noticed, we did not do very properly offensively. I do not assume we competed like we did yesterday. Most likely a variety of causes. However simply not ok. Clearly they had been higher as we speak. We’ll see how we reply and take to teaching and play on Saturday.”
Happily for Vrabel’s offense, Arians has already dominated his starters out for Saturday’s preseason game, the second exhibition sport for each groups. As a substitute of taking part in on Saturday, Arians challenged his workforce to apply with depth throughout Thursday’s scrimmage. It is secure to say that Arians’ workforce adopted go well with.
“The depth was a lot increased as we speak,” Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin stated. “I really feel prefer it all the time is on the second day of joint practices within the warmth like this, tempers did form of get going, and guys had been simply aggressive.”