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This big reason is why Raiders’ Lamarcus Joyner enjoys going up against Antonio Brown

Raiders’ Antonio Brown leading by example by challenging his teammates

Wide receiver Antonio Brown catches up with what he's been doing and what he sees from the Oakland Raiders
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Wide receiver Antonio Brown catches up with what he's been doing and what he sees from the Oakland Raiders

New Oakland Raiders safety Lamarcus Joyner says he’s relishing every opportunity he can get going up against superstar receiver Antonio Brown in organized team activities.

“It’s been awesome,” Joyner said. “You don’t get the opportunity too often to go against a special man like that. To be able to match up with him in the slot in this division with slot players, that’s going to make me better, and it’s going to make him better, as well.”

Joyner signed with the Raiders after spending five seasons with the Rams. Brown came to Oakland in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brown returned the love for his practice adversaries including Joyner and cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley.

“Some competitive guys, some long corners,” Brown said. “Between plays is spent talking about a play that we made or didn’t make, and it’s a constant challenge for those guys and competing and getting each other better.”

Joyner said he believes playing against the slot “is the hardest” position to play in the NFL, but he thinks his versatility will help him in the long run – and so will his practices against Brown.

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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