Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Huntington's Stance: Don't Get Discouraged

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Huntington's Stance: Don't Get Discouraged

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In the children's book The Cat Came Back, no matter what the

main character does to try to get rid of a pesky cat, the cat

always returns.

So, too, does Greg Huntington.

Huntington, an offensive lineman for the Jaguars, has been

waived three times since joining the club as one of the Original

10 players signed in December 1994. Each time he has been

re-signed and returned. But despite his persistence and

versatility, he again finds himself mired in a training-camp

battle for a roster spot.

"I always wonder from year to year what's going to make this a

different camp for me this year," said Huntington, a fourth-year

pro from Penn State who spent his rookie season with Washington.

"Does it matter if I have a great camp or not? Is their mind

already made up about me?

"But my feeling is this: My attitude is I go out, I work as

hard as I possibly can and do the best I can, and make it that

much more difficult on them to release me. I still may end up

getting released, but I don't want to make it easy on them."

In a sense, it hasn't. Coach Tom Coughlin said he has seen

improvement in Huntington's play each time he has returned. who

does get caught in a numbers game and has in the past," Coughlin

said. "But he's always been reliable and dependable for us. He

looks improved right now."

Huntington understands the problem Coughlin faces. Does the

coach keep a 10th offensive lineman or opt for another defensive

back who also can play on special teams?

"You have a 53-man roster and you get injuries at certain

positions," Huntington said. "They have to cut somebody to make

room for somebody else, and that's what happened last year and I

think that's what happened from the get go. I think they'd like

to keep 10 linemen if they can, but if there are injuries

elsewhere and they need to keep another guy around, they're

going to sacrifice that 10th lineman.

"They obviously take a chance every time they cut me, but I

think they know if I'm here, I'll be around."

More likely than not, Huntington will be around. …

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