2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Jaguars' Mathis confused by lack of snaps at Bills

By MARK LONG - AP Sports Writer
    2012-12-03 17:28

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Coach Mike Mularkey took the blame for keeping veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis on the sideline in Buffalo.

Mularkey said Monday he ``just made a mistake'' by sticking with second-year player Kevin Rutland in a 34-18 loss to the Bills.

Rutland got beat for a 51-yard gain on Buffalo's opening drive, which ended with a touchdown, and looked lost on Stevie Johnson's 13-yard TD reception early in the third.

Mathis watched both plays from the sideline, confused by being on the bench and convinced he could have made a difference.

``This is not to bash anybody. This is not to spark a big, `What's going on with Rashean thing,''' said Mathis, who was inactive for three games last month because of a groin injury. ``I do have a voice, and this is the little voice I want to be understood. ... I feel good. I feel like I'm in a position to help my team win.''

Mathis said he ``could have a right to act up'' since he's a 10-year veteran who has started 129 games. But he took the high road, avoiding any potential conflicts with the team he has played for since being drafted in the second round in 2003.

Mularkey, meanwhile, made it clear that Mathis will play more beginning Sunday against the New York Jets (5-7). He might have to since starters Derek Cox (hamstring) and Aaron Ross (calf) are nursing injuries.

Mathis played 50 snaps the previous week against Tennessee, after Cox and Ross left the game with injuries.

Mularkey gave no real answer when asked why Mathis was seemingly benched against the Bills.

``It's nobody's fault but mine,'' Mularkey said. ``I wish I'd him in there earlier. It's not like they were throwing the ball 40 times, but I should have had him in there, in the game, and addressed it with him, knowing he was going to be talked to.''

Regardless, the way the season has unfolded has Mathis thinking about the possibility of playing his final four games with his hometown team.

``I'm not saying I haven't thought about it,'' Mathis said. ``That would be lying. It's just what are you concentrating on. That's the main thing. What I'm concentrating on is what I'm going to do today and then tomorrow and the next. That will allow other things to play out.''

Mathis signed a one-year deal in March that could be worth up to $5 million. It included a $1 million signing bonus and a $950,000 base salary - a low-risk deal that protected the team by re-signing a 32-year-old player coming off reconstructive knee surgery. Mathis could have earned the remaining $3.05 million in incentives tied to playing time.

But playing just eight snaps against the Bills sure seemed like his days in Jacksonville are numbered.

``You've been somewhere for so long you get comfortable,'' Mathis said. ``I've seen Freddy (Taylor) go. I've seen Donovin Darius go. I've seen guys go. I know that's the nature of the business, so I'm not naive. I've seen the best Jaguars in the history of the franchise get let go and go to another team. I'm not naive. It's reality. Michael Jordan went to another team. Who am I? That's just the nature of the business, the nature of sports.

``And if you can't face that reality, something is wrong. I can look in the mirror and I can face reality. I'm a logical person. I try to be as real as I can be with myself.''

For Mathis, who has mostly avoided controversy, his comments proved to be as much popping off as he's done in a decade.

``I'm going to do things the right way,'' said Mathis, who vowed to play somewhere next season. ``I tweaked my groin, and I respect the coaches in saying they didn't want me to favor one side over the other. Taking a couple weeks off helped and it made me stronger. I was concentrating on lifting and building my leg stronger, which you don't have time to do if you're practicing every day and taking reps like that, so the rest help.

``But it's only so much rest I need. I'm going to leave it at that.''

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Austin CollieJan 29 03:33a

Free-agent WR Austin Collie (Patriots) signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Tom BradyJan 28 12:33p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) admitted that he is currently battling a cold, but he said he expects to be 100% ready for the Super Bowl Sunday, [ More ]

Brandon MebaneJan 27 11:23p

Seattle Seahawks DL Brandon Mebane (hamstring) said Tuesday, Jan. 27, that his hamstring surgery went well and he should be full go for the team's offseason program in April.

Richard ShermanJan 27 11:23p

Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) has torn ligaments in his elbow, but he is improving daily and he is no longer receiving treatment for the injury.

LeGarrette BlountJan 27 08:33p

New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount should be a factor in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, in the opinion of Boston Herald writer Karen [ More ]

Adrian PetersonJan 27 07:43p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was directed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to meet with a league-assigned psychiatrist following Peterson's suspension. The National Football League Players Association is now [ More ]

Rob GronkowskiJan 27 12:23p

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is an offensive weapon that the Seattle Seahawks are focused on shutting down during the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. Seahawks head coach [ More ]

Trent RichardsonJan 27 10:43a

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson's one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team voided the guarantee of a $3,184,062 salary in 2015.

Josh GordonJan 26 02:13p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is in Stage Three of an alcohol program, which requires him to be tested for alcohol for a minimum of two years. His failed [ More ]

Rob GronkowskiJan 26 02:03p

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski could cause a problem for the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX, because the Seahawks defense allowed 11 touchdowns to tight ends this [ More ]

Earl ThomasJan 26 02:03p

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) said he won't miss the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots with a dislocated shoulder, but he also admitted that it won't [ More ]

Odell Beckham Jr.Jan 26 01:52p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said he'll need to shut himself down this offseason in order to enter 2015 fully healthy and in great shape. He [ More ]

Josh GordonJan 26 12:33p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon tested positive for alcohol, according to sources, and his failed test will subject him to a possible one-year suspension. Gordon caught 24 passes for [ More ]

Vontaze BurfictJan 26 12:23p

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, and the surgeon who operated on him is hoping that he will be at [ More ]

Odell Beckham Jr.Jan 26 11:22a

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said he played this season with two tears in his right hamstring, which never fully healed.

Josh GordonJan 25 09:12p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be under contract through the 2016 season, and he will only be a restricted free agent after that year due to his looming [ More ]

Josh GordonJan 25 04:12p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has reportedly failed another drug test and will be subject to a one-year banishment, according to multiple league sources.

Earl ThomasJan 23 09:02p

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) will play in the Super Bowl, head coach Pete Carroll said Friday, Jan. 23.

Dennis PittaJan 23 04:22p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) met with some specialists last week, but the team is not expected to have an update on his status for a few weeks, [ More ]

Johnny ManzielJan 23 01:12p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their [ More ]

Jimmy GrahamJan 23 10:32a

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. 'It's something we [ More ]

Mark IngramJan 22 06:42p

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason, wants to return to the team next year, and he thinks the interest is [ More ]

Vernon DavisJan 22 06:22p

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis had just two touchdowns in 2014, and they both came in Week 1. He also wasn't targeted at all in the red zone [ More ]

Geno SmithJan 22 05:32p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith has a lot of talent and promise, according to new head coach Todd Bowles. At the same time, Bowles acknowledged that the quarterback [ More ]

Brian HoyerJan 22 04:52p

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer could be re-signed this offseason, according to his agent. Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.

Johnny ManzielJan 22 02:43p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be working with a new offensive coordinator this year in John DeFilippo, but DeFilippo is unsure if the team's quarterback next year is [ More ]

Joe FlaccoJan 22 12:52p

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco will have his fourth difference offensive coordinator in as many years in offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. However, head coach John Harbaugh is confident Flacco [ More ]

Tom BradyJan 22 10:12a

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is now scheduled to speak to the media Thursday, Jan. 22, and he could come under fire due to the report of deflated [ More ]

Vontaze BurfictJan 21 09:03p

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) has had knee surgery, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Wednesday, Jan. 21. While there has been concern Burfict might have to begin the [ More ]

Mike WallaceJan 21 09:03p

Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace's future with the team is unclear. General manager Dennis Hickey would not say Wednesday, Jan. 21, whether Wallace will be back or if his [ More ]

Johnny ManzielJan 21 04:43p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could benefit from new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr. Carr said DeFilippo will do great with Manziel, adding [ More ]

Richard ShermanJan 21 04:23p

Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) said he will practice in a brace, but should not have any limitations on gameday.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group