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Aaron Donald explains purpose of controversial choking drill: ‘It’s not disrespectful’

Aaron Donald has lastly defined a weird defensive position drill that confirmed him seemingly choking undrafted rookie Elijah Garcia.

Video of the drill, which aired on NFL Community and unfold quickly throughout social media, exhibits the seven-time first-team All-Professional inserting his arms on Garcia’s neck earlier than “punching” the rookie a number of occasions. Garcia, listed at 6-5, 302 kilos on the Rams’ roster, may solely stand there as Donald despatched his head careening backwards and forwards.

Donald in an interview with I AM ATHLETE’s Brandon Marshall described the unorthodox drill as “run scoop” — a method of controlling his hole and funneling the ball service straight to him.

“It’s a method. ‘Run scoop.’ Not ‘run scoot,’” Donald stated. ” I’m closing my ‘A’ hole. That is my ‘B’ hole. I’m closing that. That’s the guard, I’m closing that ‘A’ hole. To allow them to’t reduce, they’ll’t reduce to the ‘A’ hole, they gotta reduce to me.”

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Donald jokingly provided to display the approach on Marshall, who naturally declined. The previous receiver then requested whether or not his or Derrick Henry’s drill — which exhibits him stiff-arming kneeling defenders — was extra disrespectful.

“It ain’t disrespectful,” Donald stated of his drill. “It’s a method. He’s a rookie! He’s gotta pay his dues! He needed to!”

Here is video of the interview, which additionally consists of bodily demonstrations from Donald:

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And, for individuals who did not see the primary time, the video that created the controversy within the first place:

Give it to Donald: He did not let issues get out of hand, and did not choke away his alternative to clarify the drill, weird because it was.

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