Each and every year, without fail, NFL training camps open up with ridiculous arrivals and feature fights. It’s unclear why this is the case, but it doesn’t really feel like football season without those. We can now officially thank the Cleveland Browns for ending the long offseason.
When the franchise hired head coach Freddie Kitchens, they knew they were getting an upgrade over Hue Jackson. Honestly, anything was going to be better after the world saw the circus on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” last season. Well, the first-year head coach has already established his presence with the team in the first few days of practice.
At Browns training camp, tight end Pharaoh Brown and defensive end Chad Thomas got into a little scuffle. Put a major emphasis on “little” because there was hardly any serious fighting. However, Kitchens wasn’t having any of it, so he made the entire team run sprints because of it.
Thanks to Ken Carman and Hayden Grove, we have video of the shoving match and the whole team running gassers.
Expectations for the Browns are higher than they have been in years. Fans love quarterback Baker Mayfield, the superstar wide receiver tandem of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., and a solid defense led by Pro Bowl defensive end Myles Garrett.
All of them had to run sideline to sideline after the training camp fight in front of fans.
As it turns out, the tempers didn’t stop when the team was forced to run. Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reported Thomas actually flipped off a fan who yelled “come on 92, hustle” during the sprints.
Thomas, a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Miami, didn’t play as a rookie last season and is looking for playing time. Brown started on Cleveland’s practice squad last year before being moved up and placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
So, needless to say, a roster spot is never guaranteed for these two players and another training camp practice fight might have even bigger consequences than the team being forced to run gassers.