The New York Giants generated headlines Tuesday when their padded practice turned into a wild brawl sparked by safety Logan Ryan reacting physically to tight end Evan Engram retaliating to a hit delivered to running back Corey Clement.
Such incidents are common throughout training camps, and Ryan told reporters on Wednesday he and Engram were discussing lunch plans shortly after head coach Joe Judge vented his anger about the matter by forcing players to run 100-yard sprints and perform push-ups before they headed into the locker room.
“We’re great, man,” Ryan said of his relationship with Engram and others roughly 24 hours after the melee, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “It’s football. It’s a physical sport. If you’re not tough or chippy I don’t know if you can play this game. Me, Evan, we’re locker buddies. We’ll be fine. This is a football team. Practice gets physical and chippy, but everything gets left between the lines.”
Ryan continued that he and his teammates are tired of being part of losing New York teams. The Giants haven’t made the playoffs since the 2016 campaign.
“The fan base is tired,” Ryan added. “Us players are tired. Management gave us an opportunity. They gave us a better roster this year. They allocated the funds to it and we’re coming out competing. We’ve got respect for each other, 100 percent. But we’re going to protect our sides and we’re going to compete.
“If our nucleus, our key veterans, are together, the locker room will follow. Just like the great defensive linemen and the great linebackers and the great leaders of this team in the past. You don’t think they had chippiness about them? You don’t think they had griminess about them? We play in New Jersey, man. There’s going to be some chippiness. There’s going to be some griminess. But we’re leaving it within the lines.”
Judge clearly didn’t love seeing starting quarterback Daniel Jones at the bottom of a dogpile on Tuesday, and players such as Jones and linebacker Blake Martinez admitted after the fact they realize they can’t let their emotions get the better of them on Sundays when doing so could lead to game-changing penalties.