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WR Nate Hughes Keeps the Message Simple – Win

Another great interview in the books and the tale remains the same: WIN. This time I was speaking with Jaguars wide receiver Nate Hughes, who will be fighting for a spot on the roster. Hughes is a graduate of Alcorn State and hails from Starkville, MS. While his career totals aren’t very impressive Nate believes he can become more of a contributor on the team.

I asked Nate how he had spent his offseason and he has kept very busy stating “I’ve been going to school to get my masters in nursing and to keep my nursing license valid. I’ve also been training and running track when I can.” Hughes is a former decathlon champion in college, winning the event three times in 2005, 2007, 2008. I asked him how being a former champion in such an enduring event helped him being a receiver, “ It helped me be able to just run for days, coaches and fans like to see someone who can just run and not run out of gas. I have that kind of endurance to run all day and just not be that tired, which really helps.”

When it came to what his goals for the season were he said what the other players on the team have said “Make the playoffs is the first and for most goal for the team. I would love to make it because it’s something we haven’t done while I’ve been here.” While this is his goal, he realizes that he is in for a battle just to have a spot on the roster, “I’m ready for this battle in camp. I’m coming into camp in what I feel is the best shape I have ever been in, so I’m ready for this.”

I asked Nate what his personal goals for the season were “I’m ready to be a contributor to the team, help the team win. I want to make big plays and just help this team win.”

Knowing that his teammates have been training with other receivers, Tiquan Underwood has been training in Minnesota with Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, I asked him if he has trained with anyone outside of the regular teammates “I have been working with Donald Driver here and there when I have found time, going to his camp, and working personally with him.” There’s nothing wrong with working with a Super Bowl champion, and a one of the hardest working wide receivers in the league.

Hughes is just looking for his chance to make and impact and shine on this team. He has great speed and a great desire to succeed. The battle for the spots at wide out in camp will be intense but I fully expect Nate to make the team and help this team make a run at the play offs this season.

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