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J.J. Watt tells Steelers’ Antonio Brown to treat brother T.J. like rookie

PITTSBURGH — Apparently two NFL superstars could now be plotting against Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick T.J. Watt. Watt’s brother, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, said he texted Steelers receiver Antonio Brown with ways to treat T.J. like a rookie. “Look over my brother, make sure to haze him a little extra for me,” Watt said about his exchange with Brown. They were teammates at Central Michigan before Watt transferred to Wisconsin, where T.J. also played. T.J. became the Steelers’ fifth consecutive defensive player selected in the first round when the franchise took him 30th overall Thursday night. In his first full season as a defensive starter, Watt recorded 11.5 sacks and earned second-team All-America honors. The Watt brothers are Wisconsin’s two most recent first-round picks on defense. Watt went 11th overall to Houston in 2011. Speaking on conference call with Pittsburgh media, J.J….

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Myles Garrett says he was limited due to ankle injury in final college season

BEREA, Ohio — Myles Garrett said an ankle injury had him playing at 75 percent efficiency for a good part of his final season at Texas A&M. “One of the worst foot injuries I have had,” Garrett said at an introductory news conference with the Cleveland Browns. “And I fractured a growth plate when I was in high school in a weightlifting accident. That didn’t hang on for so long. It was a thing, it healed up and it went right back to working, but that ankle sprain hung on for a while.” Garrett said Aggies trainers recommended he rest the ankle, but he returned after missing two games. “They wanted me to get some rest, but I love my guys too much to sit out and have to watch them without me,” Garrett said. “I know I wanted to be there and struggling and grinding with them. I wanted to do my best for them because they deserve it. So do the coaches, the fans and everybody else who was part of my time at Texas A&M.” He admitted he was…

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What happens next is all on Joe Mixon

Like it or not, Joe Mixon is in the NFL. So now what? The talented Oklahoma running back, known for punching a female student in the face three years ago, was drafted Friday by the Cincinnati Bengals, and no 2017 draft pick enters the league under more intense scrutiny or controversy. Reactions will be fierce in plenty of places, including Cincinnati. He knows that. He knows it’s his fault. “I take full responsibility,” Mixon told ESPN in an interview at his pro day in March. “At the end of the day, I can’t take it back. And there’s nothing I can do from here on besides learn from what happened.” No one can go back into the past and undo what Mixon did. It’s there, and it will follow him for the rest of his life. It has cost him millions of dollars, dropping him from first-round draft pick to a second-round draft pick, and it obviously cost him the benefit of any public doubt. If you want to howl outrage that someone who did what he did gets…

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Mitchell Trubisky: Confident in face of Chicago pressure

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago can be a tough town for quarterbacks, but? Mitchell Trubisky says he’s equipped to handle the kind of intense scrutiny Jay Cutler faced throughout his eight-year run with the Bears. “If the coaches say it to the media or they know what they’re talking about, then I’ll listen to what you guys have to say,” Trubisky said Friday in his introductory news conference. “But unless it doesn’t come from the coaches, I know how to block that out. I’m going to stick to what I know and what I do and just continue to learn from the coaches and the rest of these players in the league. But yeah, a lot of people got a lot of things to say, but it doesn’t necessarily help you.” Trubisky added that he, “blocks out the pressure and put a lot of pressure on myself. I have high expectations for myself and what I’m capable of in the future. And I love ball, so for me it’s all about just playing football, continue to play the game I love and…

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