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Brandon Marshall admits he ‘overreacted’ with practice meltdown


Brandon Marshall says he let his frustration get the best of him when he suffered a mini-meltdown in reaction to a mostly sloppy 2 1/2 hour practice Tuesday at New York Jets training camp.

The wide receiver admits he “overreacted” by punting a football over the bleachers after running back Dominique Williams dropped a pass during 11-on-11 team drills, saying his expectations are “unrealistic” this early in camp.

“Sometimes you need that, to show people it’s not acceptable to come out and practice like that,” Marshall said, via the New York Post. “Just frustrated. I think we have high expectations in our offense. Every time we step on the field, especially in the competitive period, we want to win.”

Part of why the Jets offense was sloppy in particular likely is due to the late arrival of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who just finally signed a one-year deal with the Jets after a protracted contract stalemate. It will likely take some time for everyone to get on the same page.

Fitzpatrick similarly was left frustrated by the sloppy play, mentioning it is imperative for the team not to waste any days and that getting better with each practice is of the utmost importance.

Marshall later joked that kicking balls in anger is “almost my staple.” He apparently did the same during a Denver Broncos training camp in 2009 and claims he still does it from time to time at practices during the regular season.

He continued his lighthearted take on the entire situation by admitting he was unhappy with the kick, an outburst that occurred after he tried throwing his helmet.

“That was probably too much,” he said. “[Tried] to throw your helmet, kicked the ball, all in one day.”

Jets head coach Todd Bowles similarly tried to downplay Marshall’s meltdown, joking that perhaps the wideout could serve as the team’s second punter.

“It wasn’t a big deal at all,” Bowles said. “It’s OK in practice, in the game it’s a penalty. Emotion is one thing, as long as you table it the right way.”