- Practice between New York and Cleveland got chippy on Friday.
- A legit fist fight broke out after the day was done and it ended up being rather funny.
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Browns cornerback Troy Hill is a six-year NFL veteran in peak athletic shape. Despite his form, he is a terrible boxer.
Things got chippy during Friday’s joint practice between the Browns and the Giants and Hill was in the middle of it. Ahead of Sunday’s preseason game, the two teams met in Cleveland for a tense, two-hour workout.
The practice got friskier as the day went on and both head coaches agreed to call it a day. Joe Judge and Kevin Stefanski got their respective teams into groups and finished the day without quarrel.
It didn’t take long for that to change.
After both teams broke their huddles, harsh words led to punches thrown. Earlier in the day, Hill had driven his shoulder into New York receiver Sterling Shepard after a reception.
Shepard spun off and finished the play before going back and head-butting Hill. The play ended without any further altercation.
Apparently Sterling Shepard & Troy Hill got into it after Giants-Browns joint practice
This occurred during practice pic.twitter.com/WOKdYUhQ1i
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) August 20, 2021
When the day was over, however, the two circled back and threw punches.
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) August 20, 2021
Photos of the kerfuffle showed the two squaring up with one another. Shepard looks fairly comfortable. Hill does not.
He has clearly never been in a fist fight because he squared up like he had no idea what he was doing and looked rather funny doing it.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard and Browns CB Troy Hill confronted each other at a joint practice Friday. pic.twitter.com/aLc6RU2G4c
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 20, 2021
The internet reacts.
Unfortunately for Hill, the internet took notice and clowned him accordingly.
Tbh, that's a better stance than Hill had lol
— X-23wolverine (@23wolverineX) August 21, 2021
— synysterdax (@jeremybenton27) August 21, 2021
You know a mf can’t fight if they fist look like this pic.twitter.com/EdbS8wsUL7
— Bully 🇩🇴 (@JBullyyy) August 21, 2021
Dude in the back looking at Troy hill like “bruh wtf you doing?” 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/WZGeFmOl32
— Shannon Sharpe Burner Account (@shannonsharpeee) August 20, 2021
Shepard did not address the fight in his post-practice interview.
“It was friendly competition,” Shepard said. “That’s what we came out here for is competition. It’s going to get into a talking match, it’s going to get physical out there. This is football, this is what we do. They understand that on their side, we understand that over here.”
Had the skirmish elevated beyond “friendly competition,” it looked like Hill was about to get worked by Shepard. The two teams face each other on Sunday.