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David Fales Leading Race For Dolphins Backup Job

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While Ryan Tannehill is firmly entrenched in the starting quarterback spot for the Miami Dolphins, the backup job may be a heated competition.

Or not.

According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Fales looks like the best of the bunch during offseason practices that are open to the media.

“His deep ball has been remarkable this offseason, between him and [receiver] Jakeem [Grant] and [tight end Mike] Gesicki,” Dolphins tight end MarQueis Gray said of Fales. “They’ve been hooking up a lot.”

“We felt like [keeping Fales] was a good first step for us and really we wanted to see how everything played out, because between free agency and the draft, you just never know how things are going to shake out,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said, according to the Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser.

“By adding Brock and then Bryce, I think it’s been a good competition.

“That’s really what we’re going to be doing going into training camp. We’re just going to let those guys compete and see who wins out.”

While Fales may seem to be the leader as of now, Gase has stated that he won’t make a decision on the backup job until August of September.

“Right now I don’t even want to go in that direction yet because I don’t have a great answer for it,” Gase said. “I want to see guys play in preseason games. I want to see kind of how training camp goes. That’s a lot of time there and there’s a lot of football to be played. I want those guys all competing. I’m hoping those guys all have the same mentality that they’re the guy to beat.”

So, the competition between Fales, Brock Osweiler, and Bryce Petty wages on.

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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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