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Steelers’ Justin Hunter Looking To Capitalize Of Chances With First Team

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With Pittsburgh Steelers wideouts Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster missing some of the team’s OTA practices, and with Martavis Bryant on a new team, veteran reserve receiver Justin Hunter has been running with the first team, an opportunity to shine that he is not going to take lightly.

“I need every one of [these reps],” Hunter said, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “It gives me another op to show what I’ve got against the first team. As long as I keep it consistently, I’ll be straight.”

Hunter will have to fend off 2nd round draft pick James Washington, who many believe was drafted to replace Bryant.

So far, Hunter has been using his 6’4 frame to make athletic plays in practice, showing that he is making a step forward in his development.

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Jaguars’ Ereck Flowers Feels He’s In Better Situation than with Giants

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Jacksonville Jaguars newly acquired tackle Ereck Flowers, who infamously flopped for his former team the New York Giants, believes that the Jags will present a “better fit” for him than the Giants presented.

“Great opportunities, great team and I’m happy to be here,” Flowers said,according to the Florida Times-Union. “Definitely a fresh start for me. I like it here, man. I think this will be a better fit. They have a great locker room, great guys. I’m grateful to be here.”

While the Giants gave up on Flowers, despite his high draft status, the Jags are hopeful Flowers can contribute.

“Make no mistake about it, if we feel someone can help us or making a change is better for us, then we will do that,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “That is everywhere. It is hard when the whole team is not playing well.”

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Texans’ Bill O’Brien Calls for Jadeveon Clowney to Limit Penalties

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is calling on Jadeveon Clowney to clean up the penalties he is getting flagged for this season, and balance the aggressiveness that he brings to the field out with a bit more control.

Clowney has been flagged 8 times during 6 games and has notched 13 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery thus far this season.

“Guys that play like he does – he plays the game in a really attacking way, and so people are going to use their cadence against him and he’s just got to be really focused on that” O’Brien said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Then, the taunting call, like somebody asked me if I’m going to – yeah, I’ll talk to him about it, but I’m not going to go down the road of what. I think he just was just kind of messing around with the guy, but you can’t do that. You can’t do that, and that’s what they called and we’ll make sure that he knows not to do that anymore.”

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Texans’ Deshaun Watson Downplays Injuries

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is downplaying battling through a broken rib and partially collapsed lung, despite teammates noticing that the signal caller was in a lot of significant pain.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Watson has stated that everything “was fine” and said that he wasn’t in any pain.

Watson suffered the injuries during the Texans victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 and played with the injuries during their win over the Buffalo Bills the following week, which he downplayed.

 

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