The New York Giants training camp has been without a doubt one of the most interesting camps to follow. From players blasting head coach Joe Judge after being cut to a couple of surprise retirements to a wild training camp fight that somehow sucked in starting quarterback Daniel Jones, it has been one for the books.
The "Big Blue" brawl is something everyone is still talking about, as an emotional Judge put his team through rounds of wind sprints and push ups -- things we don't always see result from a training camp tussle. While his philosophy is certainly a bit different, several of Judge's players have bought in and defended their head coach when asked if the sprints were something that wore players down and veterans hated.
"No, not at all," said wide receiver Sterling Shepard, via the Giants' official website. "That's kind of the standard that we've set here in this building and as a team, and I think guys have bought in and know what to expect whenever you step on the field and when you're playing under a guy like Coach Judge. If you don't like it, then you're welcome to leave. But that's the way that we do things around here and everybody is standing by that, and I'm all for it. I mean, it's a little different for us because we're receivers, we've got to be able to run all day, but I don't mind it."
A couple of players did leave, as linebacker Todd Davis and offensive lineman Joe Looney both retired in the span of a couple of days. While neither said Judge's wind sprints were the reason they retired, Looney's agent told Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network that, "his body didn't respond the way he needed it to." Still, it seems the majority of players have bought into Judge and the way he operates.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones, who has spent time in East Rutherford, New Jersey this past week, penned that he thinks the Giants' fight could be a good thing for the team. Check out his take, here.
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