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Redskins’ Derrius Guice Winning Over Fans, Teammates with Energy

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Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice is winning both fans and teammates over with his personality and energy, which has been on full display during training camp.

“I know a lot of people are excited about their new rookie,” Guice said, according to ESPN’s John Keim. “I’m not one of those closed people. I want to get out and enjoy my time [in the NFL]. I don’t want to be one of those people that comes and doesn’t interact with anybody and is in his house all day. Fans put a lot of money into this, so why not give back to the fans once in a while? I don’t see a problem with that. That’s big for me. I know how great fans can be and I know how bad they can be at times. That’s just me. Why not give back now and again?”

The energy has stood out to his coaches.

“He brings an energy and character that you just don’t find every day,” Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan said. “He can’t stand still for a period of time. But when in the meetings, he’s locked in, focused on his job and he takes notes. He doesn’t ask questions just to ask questions. He asks questions to get the overall gist of what we’re trying to do. A lot of times guys ask questions which they know the answer, but ask the question to impress the teacher. He’s not that type.”

“When he’s running the ball, I asked him what he saw and he can explain the scheme and why he did what he did,” Jordan said. “He gives me a legit reason, instead of throwing something out there like, ‘Coach, I got speed. I can get to the corner.’ Well, why did you take the corner? And in protection, that’s going to be something he has to continue to work at. He takes what he does running the ball, in terms of being violent, into protection. Sometimes that hurts him because he gets too aggressive when he should be more patient.”

Teammates such as cornerback Josh Norman have also taken notice.

“Guice, that’s my little buddy; we hang out,” Norman said. “I try to keep on the straight and narrow. So yeah, he is definitely going to come around and he is going to show some people out. He really is. He is so eager to learn. He is just like a kid, energy all day, like an energy ball. Guys like that.”

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is impressed with Guice’s character and attitude.

“Grabbing him in the second round was obviously a great treat for us, but character was never a concern,” Gruden said. “He’s been great, never been late, attentive, great attitude, always happy, happy-go-lucky and fun to be around, quite frankly.”

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Says I’ts ‘Absolutely Mandatory’ to beat Redskins

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Following their blowout victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott considers their upcoming tilt against the Washington Redskins as a crucial game, saying a win over their division rivals is “absolutely mandatory”.

“We need to. I think it’s absolutely mandatory that we do,”Elliott said, according to the Star-Telegram. “That’s our focus this week is going into this game, having great communication and starting fast, putting points on the board.”

Elliott knows that stringing together back-to-back wins is important especially after their big win over Jacksonville.

“It was a game we needed,” Elliott said.

“I’ve said it before – if we don’t build on it, everything we did last week really means nothing.”

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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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