2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Jaguars find opponents' comments funny, insulting

By MARK LONG - AP Sports Writer
    2013-12-02 18:30

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Guard Uche Nwaneri has heard all sorts of excuses for opponents losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars in recent weeks.

They're amusing - and insulting.

''It's ridiculous,'' Nwaneri said Monday. ''Really, are we a high school team and you have to apologize to your city because you lost to us? Come on, man. This is the NFL. Every win is a hard-earned win.

''There's rarely just easy sailing for any team throughout the season. When you're able to pull out a win, you celebrate it. When you lose, you try to be as gracious as you can in defeat. But don't trivialize our win because we came in here with a record that wasn't as good as yours.''

The Jaguars (3-1) have won three of their last four games, all since starting the season with eight consecutive losses by double digits. It's been a modest turnaround that coincides with coach Gus Bradley's team playing better and a considerably easier second-half schedule. The Jaguars host Houston (2-10) on Thursday night.

Despite Jacksonville's recent success, opponents have been less than complimentary afterward.

Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker called losing to the Jaguars ''disgusting.'' Bradley's team was winless at the time.

''I'm embarrassed,'' Walker said. ''A team that's 0-8 comes in here and beats us? Beats us on our home field, that's 0-8, the Jaguars? Come on.''

Houston running back Ben Tate said he felt bad for the city following a 13-6 loss to Jacksonville on Nov. 23. Receiver Andre Johnson called it the ''lowest point'' in his NFL career.

Cleveland players were less dramatic after Sunday's 32-28 loss to Jacksonville, but they made it clear they felt like they blew a winnable game.

''It's funny `cause we're all professional athletes here,'' Nwaneri said. ''I remember when they used to have jokes about the Bengals, the Browns. The stuff they say after they lose to us, it's like, `What's somebody going to say if they lose to you, you know, because you lost to us.' It's funny. I don't really care, but it is amusing to be on the field and to hear them complain.

''It sounds like a child complaining because they can't have their way.''

The Jaguars drove 80 yards in the closing minutes to beat the Browns. Chad Henne found Cecil Shorts III for a 20-yard touchdown with 45 seconds remaining to put Jacksonville up four. Shorts beat cornerback Joe Haden with a double move on a third-and-9 play.

It a happy homecoming for Shorts, who grew up in Cleveland rooting for the Browns.

He bristled Monday when asked about opponents hitting ''rock bottom'' by losing to Jacksonville.

''I couldn't care less what they think,'' Shorts said. ''It's the NFL. You're going to win or lose each week. You've got to bring your best that week. For us, we're getting better. We've been 3-1 since the bye week, so if they've got a problem with it come see us. That's how I feel about it.''

The Jaguars scored 15 points off turnovers against Cleveland, taking advantage of three turnovers late in the first half and a botched snapped in the fourth that resulted in a safety. Those points surely helped Jacksonville keep it close, especially since the Jaguars struggled to cover Josh Gordon (10 catches for 261 yards and two touchdowns).

Gordon's 95-yard score with 4:09 remaining looked like it would seal a victory for Cleveland.

But the Jaguars answered - and left another team searching for answers.

''It's any given Sunday in this league,'' Henne said. ''Anybody can come out and beat anybody. You saw what happened. Look at Atlanta. You thought they were going to be a Super bowl contender this year and you see what happened to them. Teams are going to have struggles, but the best teams are the ones that finish strong and just keep getting better each and every week like we said and play their best football in December.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Terrelle PryorApr 23 08:58a

The Seattle Seahawks acquired QB Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 21, in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in this year's draft. He will compete with [ More ]

Matt RyanApr 22 10:53p

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He fears the team could bottom out for a second [ More ]

EJ ManuelApr 22 08:13p

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knees) is healthy entering voluntary workouts and feels normal and had no limitations during the Tuesday, April 22 conditioning program. Bills head coach Doug [ More ]

Rolando McClainApr 22 07:53p

Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Ravens have officially placed LB Rolando McClain on the reserve-retired list for a second time. The Ravens will retain McClain's rights if he changes his mind again.

Eli ManningApr 22 07:33p

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) expects to be 100 percent for the beginning of training camp. Manning has no concerns about learning the Giants' new playbook, instead [ More ]

Ray RiceApr 22 04:43p

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice looks great physically, according to strength and conditioning coach Bob Roguck. 'He's doing some things differently as far as his diet and so forth, [ More ]

David WilsonApr 22 02:43p

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) said he is still waiting for a clear MRI to be medically cleared, but is currently ahead of schedule.

Julio JonesApr 22 01:13p

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will be limited during the team's offseason workouts while he recovers from offseason foot surgery. 'Julio is participating with our athletic performance department,' [ More ]

Eli ManningApr 22 01:03p

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) said his ankle is progressing but he does not have a timetable for his return to the field. Manning is currently in a walking boot.

Stevie BrownApr 22 12:33p

New York Giants FS Stevie Brown (knee) said he feels like he is ready to go when the Giants hit the field after recovering from a serious knee injury. [ More ]

Will HillApr 22 10:33a

The New York Giants are likely to cut FS Will Hill after his third potential drug suspension.

Josh MorganApr 22 09:52a

Chicago Bears WR Joshua Morgan is likely to compete for the No. 3 or 4 wide receiver role this year, and he'll compete with WRs Domenik Hixon, Eric Weems [ More ]

Will HillApr 22 09:33a

New York Giants FS Will Hill is facing a year-long suspension after reportedly failing another drug test. He will appeal what would be his third drug-related suspension.

Kyle WilliamsApr 21 09:33p

The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed WR Kyle Williams Monday, April 21. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Colt AndersonApr 21 07:12p

The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent FS Colt Anderson (Eagles) to an undisclosed deal Monday, April 21.

Jamar TaylorApr 21 06:43p

Miami Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor (groin) is healthy following hernia surgery and began offseason workouts with his teammates Monday, April 21. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said he expects [ More ]

Dustin KellerApr 21 05:42p

Eugene Parker, agent for free-agent TE Dustin Keller (knee), said Keller is ready to participate in offseason workouts when he signs with a team.

Eric FisherApr 21 05:12p

Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (shoulder, hernia) said there is no timetable for his return following multiple surgeries, but he doesn't think he'll be out for long. 'He's [ More ]

Josh MorganApr 21 04:02p

The Chicago Bears have signed free-agent WR Joshua Morgan (Redskins) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A.J. GreenApr 21 03:32p

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he has added around six pounds this offseason, because he wants to be more physical as a way to beat coverage at the [ More ]

Michael VickApr 21 02:42p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he believes he will be the starting quarterback this upcoming season even though the team added QB Michael Vick this offseason. He [ More ]

Navorro BowmanApr 21 02:12p

The San Francisco 49ers plan to place LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list when training camp begins, because he is not expected to be [ More ]

Eric FisherApr 21 02:02p

Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (shoulder, hernia) underwent shoulder surgery and had a procedure to fix a sports hernia. He's currently rehabbing in Kansas City.

Tony CarterApr 21 01:22p

The Denver Broncos signed DT Mitch Unrein to his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 21. CB Tony Carter, SS Duke Ihenacho and LB Brandon M. Marshall all signed their exclusive rights tenders.

Rolando McClainApr 21 01:02p

Baltimore Ravens LB Rolando McClain is retiring from the NFL again Monday, April 21. 'I gotta follow my heart. It ain't football. If football made me complete I would [ More ]

Tony RomoApr 21 12:42p

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will take part in the team's voluntary offseason program beginning Monday, April 21, according to a source. Players are allowed to lift weights, [ More ]

Marcus LattimoreApr 20 09:12p

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) is not expected to be restricted in any way when offseason workouts begin.

Michael EgnewApr 20 08:42p

The Miami Dolphins likely will add at least two more tight ends this offseason that will compete with TE Michael Egnew for a roster spot.

Armon BinnsApr 20 12:02a

Miami Dolphins WR Armon Binns is currently the team's No. 4 receiver, but the Dolphins have had discussions about WR Rishard Matthews replacing Binns at the spot, according to a source.

Tyrone CrawfordApr 20 12:02a

Dallas Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford (Achilles') is expected to be ready for the team's offseason program, and he is expected to be a key piece to the defense this season.

M. Jones-DrewApr 20 12:02a

If healthy, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the team's starting tailback with RB Maurice Jones-Drew as his backup.

Brian HartlineApr 20 12:02a

Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of mini camp, according to a source. He suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in the 2013 regular season finale.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group