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Justin Hunter basically unstoppable on fades
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Titans receiver Justin Hunter is making the fade pattern "look all too easy," reports the Tennessean. When the team get near the goal line, Jake Locker lofts a pass toward the corner of the end zone and "the 6-4, 203-pound Hunter turns into the Titans' version of a jack-in-the-box, leaping over defenders to haul in a touchdown pass – just as he did in Friday's loss to the Saints," the paper said.

"He's so big and so long, and he has the ability to jump and he has such a big catch radius," Locker told the paper. "You're able to put the ball a lot of places to give him a chance. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense at that point."

Hunter beat the Chargers with a leaping 34-yard touchdown catch in the closing seconds last year. He's looking for a lot more opportunities in the end zone this season.

"They want to use my big frame, so they throw it to me there," Hunter said. "The cornerback has to turn his back at some point to try to defend me. That's when I can use my leaping ability to go over the top of him – before he gets a chance to figure it out."

S-Jax continues to work on the side
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:58 pm ET) Falcons running back Steven Jackson "did some work off to the side" Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. There's no timetable for Jackson's return from his hamstring issue, but coach Mike Smith has said he'll be ready for the season opener.

Chad Henne to get slightly more work than Blake Bortles
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:55 pm ET) Jaguars coach Gus Bradley anticipates quarterback Chad Henne playing "a quarter and a half" Friday at Detroit and rookie Blake Bortles taking over for another quarter, reports the Florida Times-Union. Despite Bortles' impressive preseason, the Jaguars plan to start Henne during the regular season.

Allen Robinson could return early next week
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) Jaguars rookie receiver Allen Robinson will make the trip to Detroit for Friday's third preseason game despite having been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Coach Gus Bradley told the Florida Times-Union that Robinson could return to practice early next week.

Cecil Shorts to get about 15 plays
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:50 pm ET) Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts, sidelined early in camp with a hamstring injury, will play about 15 plays in his preseason debut Friday against the Lions, coach Gus Bradley told the Florida Times-Union.

Brian Hoyer won't have quick hook
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:43 pm ET) Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters he doesn't want starting quarterback Brian Hoyer "looking over his shoulder if he makes one bad throw." Pettine said theres' no leash on Hoyer and no package for rookie Johnny Manziel.

"No, this is Brian's job," Pettine said. "This is Brian's job."

Pettine announced his choice to the team Wednesday. Hoyer will start Week 1 at Pittsburgh.


Calvin Johnson to wear protective splint
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:37 pm ET) When Lions receiver Calvin Johnson makes his preseason debut Friday against the Jaguars, he'll be wearing a protective splint on the finger that required offseason surgery, reports MLive.com. "It doesn't affect me," Johnson said.

"Doctors did a great job making the thing so that it doesn't affect the way I catch the ball. We'll give it a go and see how it feels."

Johnson, who also had offseason knee surgery, dealt with knee pain much of last season. He said the way his body feels now, compared to the end of last season, is "night and day."


Stevenson Sylvester placed on IR
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) The Bills put linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Jags add Eric Kettani, waive Fendi Onobun
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:29 pm ET) The Jaguars signed fullback Eric Kettani and waived/injured tight end Fendi Onobun, who tore his quad and will undergo surgery.

Chad Greenway dealing with wrist injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:27 pm ET) Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has a "little wrist injury" and won't get a full practice workload Wednesday, coach Mike Zimmer told 1500ESPN.com. Greenway had 134 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks last year.

 
 
 
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