Now that the entire NFL is back at training camp and by the end of this week, nearly every team will have a preseason game under their belt, tempers will begin to rise. Practice is hard, players are separated from their families and often times, the summer heat is nearly unbearable. That’s why you see so many players get into fights – they’re sick of hitting each other and sometimes simply sick of even talking to each other because they spend so much time together.
That is clearly the case at Chicago Bears’ camp where veteran tight end Martellus Bennett and rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller got into a brawl on Monday. Fuller reportedly tried to strip the ball from Bennett, which caused a shouting match and knocked Bennett over. As Bennett rose to his feet, he “slammed” Fuller to the ground before order was finally restored, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.
“I come to training camp for one reason and that’s to prepare to win a championship,” Bennett said later at lunch. “I play hard and go hard every single day. I’m probably one of the most violent people on the field. That’s just my style of play. I’m going to continue to play the same way I always play. That’s what I’m here for.
“Everybody talks about friendships, but really we are all preparing to win a championship. If we make friends along the way, cool. But I’m just trying to help the Bears win a championship and do the job to the best of my ability.
This is probably nothing to worry about going forward and both players are very important pieces to what should be a very good Bears’ team. In his first year with the Bears, Bennett had a career year, making 65 catches for 759 yards and five touchdowns. Fuller, a former Virginia Tech Hokies’ star, was the 14th-overall pick of the draft. He will be counted to help improve a Bears’ secondary that had their struggles in 2013.