ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos right tackle Chris Clark took exception when J.J. Watt pushed him around in a 1-on-1 pass-rushing drill and kept right on motoring toward the imaginary quarterback.
Clark finally broke free with a swipe at the Houston Texans star that sent the pass rusher’s helmet bouncing on the ground.
“Don’t get mad when you get beat,” Watt hollered at Clark.
That turned into the theme of Wednesday’s joint workout in full pads, one which ended with a lot of jawing and posturing after Texans safety D.J. Swearinger loudly celebrated his interception of Peyton Manning in an 11-on-11 drill.
“I picked off Peyton today and I guess that got them a little chippy,” Swearinger said. “The offense did great, ran the ball down their throat, so, hey, I would get mad, too. That’s all it is: players making plays and people getting mad.”
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris said it’s one thing to pick off Manning and quite another to go all gaga over it.
“His swag just went to another level,” Harris said.
So did the Broncos’ indignation.
“There’s about 200 guys out here,” Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib said. “It’s hard to avoid.”
No punches were thrown, however, as is so often is the case in these types of get-togethers.
After all, players realize it’s a little too close to final cuts and the start of the season to risk fighting at practice.
“We wanted to stay clean out here,” Swearinger said. “We’re not out here to start nothing with nobody, we’re out here to get good work. Both teams got good work. It got a little chippy at the end, but it’s all football. It’s part of the game.”
Broncos safety Rahim Moore said the chippy moments were actually a good sign.
“They’re no punks and neither are we,” Moore said. “So at the end of the day you do all your talking with the pads. Today they had a great day, we had a great day. So I actually like it because they’ve got a bunch of competitive guys that we would love to go against each other every day. It’s a great way for us to see how we match up, so we love it. It’s fun.”
It wasn’t all frayed nerves and trash talking, either.