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Two Bucs fight at OTAs

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In the new, post-2011 CBA NFL, offseason workouts are supposed to feature less intensity, because they’re supposed to include no contact.

As it was before 2011, it’s sometimes easier said than done.

According to JoeBucsFan.com, a fight broke out at practice on Monday between rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence and center Jeremy Zuttah.  Spence emerged from the scrum without a jersey.

After practice, Spence said the fight happened because Spence fired off the ball too aggressively on the first snap.

“Hopefully [Zuttah] respects me for that because I want to be a part of the team,” Spence said.  “It’s just me not knowing the speed. . . .  Now I know I need to throttle it down a little bit but at the same time get my work.

“I’m not going to back down from nobody so I mean I had to let that be known here on the first day here.  So, hey, there it is.”

Contact during offseason workouts often occurs via young players trying to prove themselves.  Which makes it more important for the coaching staffs to educate the young players as to the limits of permissible contact during these sessions.

Actually, there’s supposed to be none.  Which means there’s a chance the NFL and/or the NFLPA will be looking into the situation.

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17 Responses to “Two Bucs fight at OTAs”
  1. citizenstrange says: May 20, 2013 2:16 PM

    Weird, I went to a boxing match and an OTA broke out! — old reworked hockey joke

  2. rg3andthensome says: May 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    You mean Tampa has a pulse on the team? Must be a mistake…

  3. tjacks7 says: May 20, 2013 2:21 PM

    Sounds more that Zuttah needs to turn it up more than Spence needs to tone it down.

  4. rickastleydancemoves says: May 20, 2013 2:28 PM

    You mean to tell me they’re fights in OTA’s and training camp?
    *pulls up chair and puts on bifocals*

    Tell me more about this incredible phenomenon.

  5. snowman36 says: May 20, 2013 2:32 PM

    Don’t break up the fight let em rumble

  6. kferguson2002 says: May 20, 2013 2:33 PM

    I’m pretty sure they were practicing the kneel down.
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  7. timebandit24 says: May 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    I’m sure that goon coach of there was officiating the brawl instead of ending it.

  8. sportsbastard says: May 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    Sounds to me like Schiano is cheating by conducting contact drills. He’s the one at fault here.

  9. vaphinfan says: May 20, 2013 2:49 PM

    Sounds like spence wants to prove his self but fighting may prove yourself on a boxing team it doesnt mean squat for football.

  10. rushmatic says: May 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    timebandit24 says:
    I’m sure that goon coach of there was officiating the brawl instead of ending it.

    _____________

    You wouldn’t say that to his face.

  11. fearthehoody says: May 20, 2013 4:46 PM

    Michael Westbrooke was not impressed

  12. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 20, 2013 4:57 PM

    Fighting at OTAs? Pace yourself guys it’s May.

  13. JC De La Torre says: May 20, 2013 5:01 PM

    rg3andthensome says:
    May 20, 2013 2:17 PM
    “You mean Tampa has a pulse on the team? Must be a mistake…”
    ————–
    Why don’t you concentrate on RG3′s wedding registry& knee and let the men talk football?

  14. evilglazers666 says: May 20, 2013 6:24 PM

    Schiano reminds me of Bobby Petrino.

  15. houseofbacon says: May 20, 2013 7:39 PM

    Oh snap, JC’s on this site now? Just got real.

  16. tampamac says: May 21, 2013 10:08 AM

    No harm, no foul. Just a case of a rook trying to prove himself and a vet keeping him in check. Has happened for ages.

  17. mack2x says: May 21, 2013 10:27 AM

    “I’m not going to back down from nobody so I mean I had to let that be known here on the first day here.”–

    Hey Spence, this is OTA’s not prison.

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