Adam “Pacman” Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals talked up Terrelle Pryor all week before their clash against one another on Sunday. After the dust settled and the Bengals beat the Browns, Jones made sure to get the last word.
After shutting Pryor down, allowing the wide receiver only one catch for three yards, Jones went off on him in his postgame interview.
The origins of this feud are largely unknown, and more than a little strange, considering Jones is an 11-year veteran while Pryor, a former Ohio State quarterback, is a five-year vet who only recently switched to wide receiver. According to ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, it goes back to an offhand comment Pryor made to Bengals’ defensive coordinator after a game once that suggested Jones would get cut if he kept up that level of play. What’s interesting is that while it’s clear Jones just plain doesn’t like the guy, he still has a bit of respect for him making the switch to wide receiver and doing well. He just thinks he hasn’t earned the right to talk much game yet in the league.
“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.”
At least this adds a bit more spice to Browns games. It’s tough out there for Cleveland football fans, so even if they’ll likely be in the basement of their division yet again next year, they can look forward to a personal battle between these two.