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Stephen gained valuable preseason experience

Stephen gained valuable preseason experience

Linval Joseph being out most of the preseason provided an extended opportunity for Shamar Stephen. The big rookie nose tackle gained strength in the offseason and experience in the preseason.

The sidelining of Linval Joseph provided a big opportunity for another big guy. With Joseph out of action for three weeks of the preseason after being shot in the calf in a nightclub shooting, rookie Shamar Stephen got extended time to prove himself with the first- and second-team defenses. Stephen got more time than a seventh-round pick otherwise might have. “When somebody is down, the next...

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