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Hunter's hard work finally paying off

After eight seasons of uncertainty, the O-lineman is finally getting his chance to start

Updated: August 9, 2011, 5:28 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

Even though he's in his eighth season, Wayne Hunter has never felt like a lock for an NFL roster. In the past few seasons of year-to-year deals with the New York Jets, he was always fighting for his spot as a backup on the offensive line. But now he is into his second week as the starter, and Hunter already feels like this is his spot.

"It feels natural, there you go," Hunter said.

Always reliable, always a backup, Hunter's lack of starting experience didn't make Rex Ryan pause when ...

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