The Falcons wrapped up the first week of training camp over the weekend but not before Saturday’s practice was ended early following a pair of fights. Defensive tackle Jalen Dalton, who was released by the Saints earlier this offseason, was asked to leave after swinging at Germain Ifedi. It was quickly followed by Anthony Rush knocking Jonotthan Harrison to the ground after the whistle.
This sort of thing tends to happen across the league as players get back into the swing of things, but obviously, coaches don’t approve of this kind of behavior. Arthur Smith wasn’t pleased with the situation but noted the competition as a silver lining.
“Nobody did anything really that dumb,” Smith said. “I would much rather have guys you have to pull back than you have to push. They’re competitive as hell. We are having so much fun working with these guys it’s unbelievable.”
The Falcons head coach even said it was one of the most competitive practices since taking over in Atlanta.
Rush even commented on the altercation, making light of the entire situation.
“It was all about lunch. They took all the forks and stuff, so I had to eat with my hands. I didn’t like that too much,” Rush said. “I had to get the last piece of grilled chicken, so I wasn’t too happy about that.”
Fights during training camp aren’t ideal, but it’s just nice to see some fire from this team. Atlanta has some serious doubters in the NFL world, but nobody inside the building is shying away from postseason aspirations.
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