Hue Jackson Comments on Terrelle Pryor's On-Field 'Antics'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30:  Terrelle Pryor #11 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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For the second straight game, an opposing cornerback has had harsh words for the Cleveland Browns' Terrelle Pryor. But this time around, the team's head coach, Hue Jackson, put some of the blame on Pryor.

"I don't think (that has) any place in the National Football League, especially on our team," Jackson said, per Pat McManamon of ESPN.com, apparently referring to Pryor's trash talk on the field. "We're going to try to get all those things quieted down. We're just going to play football, be the best football players we can be. Let's get away from all of that."

After the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Browns 23-10 on Sunday, cornerback Adam Jones called Pryor "garbage" several times and, according to Conor Orr of NFL.com, even looked at a garbage can near him in the locker room and sarcastically asked, "Hey, you in there?" while talking about the Cleveland wideout.

Jones wouldn't answer questions about anybody or anything but Pryor after the game, per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, and added "Pryor suck" before revealing some of Pryor's trash talk during the game:

He told my coordinator that he's going to cut me after the game. For a guy that's been a slouch around the league at quarterback, played decent this year for his first year at wide receiver. I'm saying all this facade, all the fake hard [stuff] that he plays out on the field. That ain't Terrelle. I checked his background. He's a suburbs kid from Pittsburgh.

Janoris Jenkins previously had strong words for Pryor after the New York Giants beat the Browns two weeks ago, twice tweeting "he sucks," according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, before deleting those remarks.

Pryor's trash talk may not be the only concern in Cleveland, however.

As McManamon noted, Pryor also was critical of the team's offensive line after a Nov. 20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been shown on camera "being emotional in what looks like complaining on the sidelines" and could be seen yelling at quarterback Robert Griffin III in the huddle on Sunday after the Browns were forced to take a timeout to avoid a delay-of-game penalty.

Those incidents may have also led to Jackson addressing Pryor's behavior publicly:

I know Terrelle. Again, these are things that can be worked through and understood. But I will always take into consideration everything, and I'm sure our organization will too as we move forward. There's a type of team we want to be and we're gonna be. We'll get these things, these antics or however you guys want to look at them, slowed down. Because we want to do this thing right.

Those "antics" have also distracted from what has been a superb season for Pryor, who has been the only bright spot on Cleveland's offense and has adjusted remarkably to a full-time role at wide receiver, catching 63 passes for 858 yards and four touchdowns.

Jones and the Bengals, however, held him to one catch for three yards.

For an 0-13 Browns team now fighting to finish the season with at least one win—with matchups against the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers remaining—distractions aren't an option.


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