Bengals training camp sees pads and scuffles arrive in full force

Bengals training camp sees pads and scuffles arrive in full force

The first day of pads at Cincinnati Bengals training camp saw things escalate perhaps a bit more than coaches wanted at times.

Everyone expected an uptick in the action given the circumstances. Yet one instance of a scuffle stuck out more than most.

That moment belonged to tight end Hayden Hurst getting after rookie cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt after the former ended up on the ground after a play.

As head coach Zac Taylor told Jay Morrison of The Athletic, it’s not uncommon to see newer players struggle to adapt to the situation early in padded sessions:

“There’s a couple examples where we’ve got to do a better job of protecting each other. We’re not in a preseason game yet, regular-season game yet. Guys will continue to learn. Usually, the culprits are the younger guys who haven’t had any experience like this yet. Some of the veterans do a good job controlling their emotions, controlling their body. That’s an area we can continue to improve.”

This is certainly true — camp’s first fight with punches thrown featured a rookie.

Tuesday, Taylor-Britt’s encounter with Hurst was one of a few times that players ended up on the ground. Taylor’s made it clear they want to avoid that and do a good job or protecting each other in the process, but looking around the league, it’s an inevitable reality of early camp sessions.

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