Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Tempers Flare in Practice with Bucs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Tempers Flare in Practice with Bucs

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Nobody was injured or even ejected from practice during the three scuffles between the Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. That information out of the way, the extracurricular activity made for bonus entertainment.

During a 1-on-1 drill, Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was stone-walled by Tampa Bay left tackle Donovan Smith.

Ngakoue and Smith were jawing facemask-to-facemask when Ngakoue slapped Smith in the helmet. Center Ali Marpet was the first to confront Ngakoue and then Smith appeared to reach for Ngakoue. Out of nowhere came back-up center Joe Hawley, who lost his helmet. Ngakoue was restrained by defensive end Calais Campbell.

The final two altercations came on back-to-back plays of 7-on-7 work between the Jaguars' offense and Tampa Bay's defense.

Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson was involved with Tampa Bay safety Chris Conte in the back of the end zone. It didn't appear any punches were thrown.

On the next play, Jaguars receiver Arrelious Benn caught a pass and was hit by linebacker Adarius Glanton. Benn didn't like that and when cornerback Maurice Fleming intervened, Benn threw a punch at Fleming, who tore his helmet off.

Receiver Jamal Robinson sprinted toward Fleming, but more so to get him away from Benn.

"It's disappointing," Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. "We like to say, 'Don't ever do anything in practice that you wouldn't do in a game.'"

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter did not see any of the altercations - he was on another field all three times.

Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Mike Smith tried to play peacemaker by holding back Benn when he tried to go after another player.

"We don't want to get anybody hurt," Smith said. "It wasn't as hot as it was [Monday] but the tempers were a little ramped up. Hopefully nobody got banged up in the little fisticuffs.

"It was something we can't allow to happen because it's a 15-yard penalty in a real game. We have to make sure we hold our composure. We came here saying we didn't want to fight and we didn't accomplish that."

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