Arrington: It's a time to beat up on each other

Arrington: It's a time to beat up on each other
August 2, 2012, 4:48 am
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FOXBORO -- Last Saturday, director of Patriots player personnel Nick Caserio was asked about the draw of joint practices.
"After a certain point in training camp when you go against the same people I don't want to say it gets monotonous, but you're looking for another challenge or something else," he said.
New England has hit that 'certain point.'
Heat radiated off the Patriots at Wednesday night's in-stadium practice. At one point, offensive tackle Nate Solder unleashed on linebacker Brandon Spikes and the two went to the ground. Players -- teammates -- came running in from all sides to join on the fray.
In cornerback Kyle Arrington's words, things were "a little chippy."
"That's what happens when we put on full pads. And we'll keep practicing like that," he said. "It's been shells and OTAs and minicamp and they haven't been physical practices. But guys are just waiting to unload on each other. But it's all in fun though. Everybody is such a competitor, can't help but sometimes emotions get involved. But at the end of the day, we're all teammates."
Oh, and, don't be surprised if you see it again.
"I won't say that's daily, but it happens often," Arrington admitted. "When guys, like I said, try to be physical, it's a time to beat up on each other. We see each other every day. You grow tired of people this time of year. That's the nature of it."
The Patriots and Saints square off on August 9. It could be an interesting week in Foxboro in the meantime.