“He kind of baited me to do it, and I did it. It kind of went too far, but there’s a thin line between football and being a man.”
Jets receiver Brandon Marshall on his scuffle with Darrelle Revis
From there, Revis dominated Marshall at the start of team drills and held him without a catch on four targets. Marshall was furious after one pass break-up and cursed at a game official. He felt Revis should’ve been flagged for pass interference. Marshall redeemed himself by beating Revis twice, including on a long touchdown reception. Marshall taunted Revis after the play by yelling at him from across the field.
“I just felt like the way he handled things in one-on-one is what you do to a rookie,” Marshall said. “I’m going on year 11, and I’ve been super successful in this league, so I took it personal. But I appreciated it because it took my practice to a whole other level. I learned from it.”
Marshall insisted it was an isolated incident and that he and Revis are close friends but fiercely competitive. Revis declined to speak with reporters. This was his first full practice since offseason wrist surgery. Coach Todd Bowles said he addressed it with the team, essentially telling the players that trash talking is accepted — but not punching.
“You’re going to get pissed off in camp as a player. It’s not charm school,” Bowles told reporters. “They play football. Both of them got to where they were for making plays and not backing down. Neither player is going to back down. You like that about the competitiveness. You just have to keep it clean. For the most part, they did.”
Bowles said he had no problem with Marshall’s taunting Revis with the reminder about his performance against Hopkins.
“No, you have to use any means necessary when you’re on the field,” he said. “They’re going to get under your skin on Sunday. The things [the public doesn’t] hear on Sunday are a billion times worse than that. They’ve both been out there long enough, and they both have tools to get under each others’ skin, especially when it gets chippy.”
Marshall has a history of erratic behavior, most of it early in his career, when he played for the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins. A few days ago, he punted a football over the bleachers after a poor performance by the offense. Afterward, he laughed it off, attributing it to his competitiveness.
Bowles said he isn’t worried about Marshall regressing to his old ways.
“I don’t think it was an outburst,” Bowles said of Marshall’s actions. “It was just two good players going at it, talking mess. Revis won some, and Brandon won some. It got chippy, but it’s camp. It’s supposed to be. … It’s football. We’re not here because of a beauty pageant. … We want them on the edge.”
Curiously, Marshall lamented his curse at the official more than his behavior toward Revis. He praised Revis for being the best cornerback in the league and insisted there will be no ramifications.
“Yes, I’m pissed off right now, and yes, he’s pissed off right now, but at the end of the day, we’ve got to move forward,” Marshall said. “It may take a couple of hours. It can’t go into the locker room. There’s not going to be no brawl or anything like that.”
The incident occurred a few days shy of the one-year anniversary of the infamous Geno Smith-IK Enemkpali locker-room altercation, in which Smith’s jaw was broken by his teammate’s punch.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants’ first-round pick has been overshadowed by the second-round pick so far in training camp. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard’s playmaking skills have allowed cornerback Eli Apple, the No. 10 overall selection in the 2016 NFL draft, to fly somewhat under the radar.
So I put the Giant spotlight on Apple during Thursday’s practice. Here is a rundown.
10:45 a.m.: The Giants are done stretching and break off into individual drills. The cornerbacks take direction from coach Tim Walton. Apple (6-foot-1) appears to be the tallest of the bunch even though Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is listed at 6-2. If DRC is taller, it’s by a hair. Maybe it’s just that Apple appears long.
11:05 a.m.: The cornerbacks are running a drill in which they’re supposed to attack and high-point the ball. Apple’s attempts are just OK. You can tell this isn’t his strength. He doesn’t attack the ball as would, say, Rodgers-Cromartie and the diminutive Donte Deayon.
11:10 a.m.: It’s 2-on-2, wide receivers versus cornerbacks. Apple runs step for step with Dwayne Harris on one play. He has good coverage on Kadron Boone on another. Both incomplete. Boone catches his ball but is ruled out of bounds by the on-site officials.
Apple is winning at the line of scrimmage. He plays physical.
“He’s a tough kid,” said wide receiver Tavarres King, who had a handful of catches during Thursday’s practice but none against Apple. “He’s got some stuff that you can’t coach. He’s got some dog in him. Real competitive. Hungry. … I think we got a gem.”
Those words might as well have been spoken by general manager Jerry Reese. The Giants front office loves players that have some dog in them. We have certainly heard that expression before around the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
11:25 a.m.: The Giants are running kickoff-return drills. Apple is on the first-team return unit, starting closest to the sideline.
11:30 a.m.: Team drills begin. It’s 7-on-7s, which are basically live drills without linemen. Apple sits out the first two plays, then steps in for Rodgers-Cromartie outside at left cornerback. This is the only spot Apple plays at practice. He’s being worked exclusively at left cornerback.