FOXBORO -- Patriots training camp played host to a heated outburst between cornerback Brandon Browner and receivers coach Chad O'Shea, which included a back-and-forth well within earshot of fans and media in attendance.
About halfway through Wednesday morning's session, Browner was participating in a one-on-one drill where he was asked to cover a receiver going at full speed. When O'Shea reacted angrily after a rep in which Browner played with particular physicality, the 6-foot-4 corner turned his attention toward O'Shea.
Media members are not allowed to quote or paraphrase things that are said on the practice field during training camp, but Browner was visibly upset at O'Shea -- taking a few steps toward him -- and the two exchanged words as Browner's teammates intervened.
For Browner it was an up-and-down practice. Moments before his incident with O'Shea, he had been planted on the ground in the middle of a route by Kenbrell Thompkins. The next rep in which those two lined up across from each other, Browner shoved Thompkins down to the ground.
The emotional explosion that occurred later seemed to be the result of a buildup for Browner. Not only from those two plays with Thompkins, but others that took place earlier in camp during which Browner felt as though he had been beaten one-on-one.
"It was a physical one, man," Browner said after practice. "We gotta compete out here. I'm tired of giving up balls so I had to turn it up a little bit today."
He added: "Yesterday we gave up a few balls, let some of these guys off the line a little easy yesterday. That was my mentality going into this practice: To win. [Win] my one-on-one matchups and things like that."
"As a coach I gotta respect him," Browner said. "That's nothing I want to talk about or put on TV because I respect him."