Apparently that’s what happened at training camp practice on Monday.
I have compiled various media accounts of the brouhaha.
Derek Barnett, Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick who just returned to team drills over the weekend after offseason shoulder surgery, and Andre Dillard, the team’s top selection in April’s draft, were a little too competitive throughout the session before a scuffle broke out.
Ultimately a big pile of players gathered around although it looked like no real punches were thrown.
Earlier in the practice Dillard got into it with Johnathan Cyprien, after steamrolling the veteran safety.
(More after jump)
1. The first scuffle of the day came between rookie Andre Dillard and veteran safety Johnathan Cyprien. Dillard got to the next level and knocked Cyprien clear off his feet. The veteran safety got up swinging and needed to be restrained by teammate Jeremiah McKinnon. It might have been a block in the back.
2. But the real fight of practice came a little later on a red zone drill. Again, the rookie Dillard was involved. This time, he and Derek Barnett got into it. That’s two first-round picks going at it. This one caused a big scuffle and a bunch of guys were needed to break it up.
Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice:
There was a fight today in practice between Andre Dillard & Derek Barnett. Dillard was visibly emotional after practice, had a long talk w/ Doug Pederson & Howie Roseman. Barnett also came over and bro-hugged it out with Dillard. Neither Dillard nor Barnett available for comment.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) August 12, 2019
The scrum came during an 11 on 11 drill, where media was unable to film. Barnett and Dillard were lined up across from each other and at the end of play they got into a fight, resulting in both players tussling on the ground. A large portion of the team came over and separated them. The ensuing play, with both players still heated, was very physical and Barnett pushed Dillard into Carson Wentz, who almost fell over.
“That’s football man,” veteran offensive lineman Jason Peters said of the fight after practice. “You’re going to have days like that. It’s good to have practices like that. You’re gonna fight your brother some days and love them some days too. It’s good to have days like this.”
Tim McManus, ESPN:
“I think Philly can appreciate a team with some fight.” Malcolm Jenkins on a chippy Eagles practice Monday. pic.twitter.com/TsiIfbL6Uv
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 12, 2019
Apparently neither Dillard or Barnett spoke to media.
But I think we all know what this means. The Eagles are fired up. They’re fucking ready to go. They are tired of hitting each other and wanna hit somebody else in a real game.