This boxing thing is new for most of the linemen, and it takes awhile to acclimate.
"This is my first time boxing,'' Spain said. "It's way different.''
So, has anyone shown any real boxing potential?
"I would say there are a lot of pretenders more than anything,'' Clarke said. "Maybe if you saw them maybe you'd see some Floyd Mayweather potential out there, but I haven't.
"A lot of guys try to throw haymakers and stuff, but they have to stay within their cylinder and hit the pad. It's all about the technique.''
That doesn't mean, however, that there's not competition, at least the trash-talking kind.
"Quinton Spain likes to believe that he is the best boxer,'' Clarke said. "But Spain always says stuff like that.''
So far, the boxing has been limited to the linemen, but who is to say that might not change? After all, might not a cornerback playing bump-and-run coverage or a receiver facing the same benefit from a little hand-to-hand combat training? Or a linebacker who has to fight through a guard?
Clarke imagined the possibilities. He can see little wide receiver Tavon Austin joining the fray, but knows that Austin would likely just fall back on what he does best.
"He'd probably do the same thing he does on the field,'' Clarke said. "He'd duck and try to come up and hit somebody.''
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