Multiple Patriots and Panthers players ejected from joint practice for fighting

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Today’s joint practice between the Patriots and Panthers featured multiple fights and players on both teams kicked off the field.

In one incident, Patriots receivers Kendrick Bourne and Kristian Wilkerson got into it with Panthers defensive back Kenny Robinson, and all three players were kicked out of practice for fighting. Other players got involved as well, although they weren’t sent off.

Not long after that, another brawl started, and Patriots offensive lineman James Ferentz was booted along with Panthers defensive tackle Phil Hoskins.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Panthers coach Matt Rhule have spoken of their mutual respect, but the players on the practice field may not feel the same way. And as joint practices give players a rare chance to hit someone who’s not on their team in training camp, fights are commonplace. Like many coaches, Belichick and Rhule aren’t going to tolerate fights at joint practices, and so the players involved are hitting the showers.

22 responses to “Multiple Patriots and Panthers players ejected from joint practice for fighting

  1. Brent Burns the baby is still being a wuss by being tackled by the ankle last year by Mac Jones.

    This reflects poorly on Rhule as much as anything, unable to control his immature team.

  2. Patriots defense looks like it might be really good. Didn’t expect that after the way the season ended last year.

    As for the offense… Parker really needs to stay healthy. Wouldn’t count on it.

  3. touchback6 says:
    August 16, 2022 at 11:59 am
    Brent Burns the baby is still being a wuss by being tackled by the ankle last year by Mac Jones.

    This reflects poorly on Rhule as much as anything, unable to control his immature team.

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    Brian Burns. Go back and watch the play…maybe the twist was inadvertent, but he definitely held his leg & tried to trip him…he should have just let go but probably was hurt for fumbling. Dirty play only reason you do this is to hurt a player.

  4. GoodellMustGo says:
    August 16, 2022 at 12:11 pm
    Patriots defense looks like it might be really good. Didn’t expect that after the way the season ended last year.

    As for the offense… Parker really needs to stay healthy. Wouldn’t count on it.

    ——————-

    They have a lot of unknowns and names people don’t know which allows for the troll media to stir up the trolls with a heave dose of disinformation.

    I think it will be tough for teams to gameplan vs NE this year on both sides of the ball with this “positionless” defense concept which is really jusy another version of the 2019 Amoeba D that Brady spit all over on his way out the door.

    They’ve gotten faster and deeper. Some sneaky signings and draft picks are mixed in there. Peppers as yet another Rover adding to the Mack Wilson trade, could both pay big dividends.

    A lot of it comes down to the OLBs, edge setting consistency and even possibly someone like a veteran in Henry Anderson returning when they do choose to run some 3-4 looks. They’ve been missing a true weakside 3-4 DE the last 2 seasons.

    Their interior depth is good as well.

    Reports are NE outplayed Carolina today.

  5. “. . . Bill Belichick and Panthers coach Matt Rhule have spoken of their mutual respect. . . ”
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    Ha! Bill probably doesn’t even know who the loser, nobody coach of Carolina is!
    I doubt anyone respects Rhule, let alone the greatest coach of all time.

  6. GoodellMustGo says:
    August 16, 2022 at 12:11 pm
    Patriots defense looks like it might be really good

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    Based on watching the 2nd and 3rd string play against the Giants 2nd and 3rd string?

    Yeah….sure

  7. My guess is that none of will survive training camp cuts or make the practice squad. Scraps during practice show some aggressiveness and can impress the coaches. Fights during these joint practices (which are replacing preseason games) show a lack of discipline. Neither of these coaches have any tolerance for that.

  8. nhpats2011 says:
    August 16, 2022 at 12:44 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:
    August 16, 2022 at 12:11 pm
    Patriots defense looks like it might be really good

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    Based on watching the 2nd and 3rd string play against the Giants 2nd and 3rd string?

    Yeah….sure
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    No it was based on all of camp including today’s joint practice with the Panthers where they were excellent. The pass rush is really good and the secondary in particular while not elite looks deep. Mills is having himself a really nice camp. Looks like JC Jackson may not be as missed as we all thought. Huh.

  9. Based on watching the 2nd and 3rd string play

    +++++++

    Belichick’s defense usually looks good against lousy offenses and one dimensional offense.

  10. Mac Jones was on the field at the time the big scrum broke out and they were near the endzone, so I assume someone on Carolina got Mossed and didn’t like it. The Panthers did this exact same thing last year during joint practices. Their local media is already highlighting that aspect of this. It’s quite uncommon for this to happen in New England. Recent practice squabbles they had were probably an outgrowth of the struggles they have had executing parts of the new offense in New England, but they were minor in comparison, and of course, Belichick has a zero tolerance policy for this. That’s why it is so rare for them. Emotions are running high because Carolina wants to win the “Joint Practice Season?” It’s practice bruh.

  11. William Lee says:
    August 16, 2022 at 2:57 pm
    Based on watching the 2nd and 3rd string play

    +++++++

    Belichick’s defense usually looks good against lousy offenses and one dimensional offense.
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    OK Spaceman.

    Old Sox fans…See what I did there?

  12. OK Spaceman

    +++++++

    Don’t know what you did, but keep the following in mind:

    #1, you will have more fun watching Belichick on sideline than watching Patriots football.

    #2, don’t blame Patricia or Judge, because neither of them wants the job.

  13. Reports are NE outplayed Carolina today.

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    You really can’t make this stuff up. It’s a scrimmage. Lmao

  14. Just keep BB away from it

    ++++++++

    According to his believers, he taught Brady how to read defense. He is not too old to do it again if taught Brady.

  15. “I thought well-coached teams didn’t fight?”

    Usually true but at some point you can’t help but respond or you look like the Bills playing in a Super Bowl.

  16. According to his believers, he taught Brady how to read defense. He is not too old to do it again if taught Brady. Hes not too old correct and he did work daily with brady on many aspects reading defense was one of them and brady has said as much many times.

  17. Parker staying healthy is like a bear not pooping in the woods, ain’t gonna happen.

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