CLEVELAND — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones redefined trash talk while ranting about Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor after Cleveland fell 23-10 on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Jones repeatedly told reporters Pryor is "garbage." Jones even grabbed a trash can sitting to the left of his locker, looked in it and said, "Get him out of there. Do you see him in there?" Then in case anyone hadn't heard, Jones repeated "garbage" several times and concluded, "Terrelle Pryor, garbage!"
Last week, Jones told the Cincinnati Enquirer he didn't like Pryor, who spent about a month with the Bengals last year before they waived him in June. He said Pryor "pushes off" on every route and called him "just a guy."
Pryor tweeted "talk is talk" on Friday, but followed through with just one catch for 3 yards on three targets. It was the least productive outing of the season for Pryor, a former quarterback who leads the Browns in catches (63), receiving yards (858) and touchdown receptions (four) in his first full season as a receiver.
Jones didn't miss an opportunity to gloat about Pryor's lackluster day. He called Pryor arrogant, a punk who sucks and a "suburb kid that wants to act like he's the toughest thing in the world because he's caught a couple of balls."
Jones claimed Pryor approached Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther before Sunday's game and told him he would dominate Jones enough to prompt him being cut from the roster.
"For a guy that's been a slouch around the league as a quarterback, he does a lot of fake hard (expletive)," Jones said. "I don't have no respect for him. I looked up his background. He's a suburban kid from Pittsburgh."
Jones even tried to instigate after Pryor barked at Robert Griffin III when the quarterback called timeout with 10:11 left in the third quarter.
"Could you all not see when he was pushing and cussing at RG3 on the field?" Jones said. "… I told RG3, 'How the (expletive) you going to throw him the ball when he's talking to you like that? You're the (expletive) quarterback.'"
Griffin said he and Pryor were "fine."
"It was not anything big," Griffin said. "He just wanted to run the play. We got so low on the game clock that we needed to take a timeout. That is what he was talking about. He just wanted to run the play that was called. As a team, we decided in the huddle that we needed to call a timeout so that we could actually execute it. We scored on that drive, so it all worked out."
Pryor declined to speak to reporters after the game.
As for the lack of passes thrown to Pryor, Griffin and coach Hue Jackson lamented a failure to get him more involved.
"The one thing I left the game with being disappointed about from our staff standpoint and from an offensive standpoint was not getting him more opportunities," Jackson said. "They were trying to take him away. It is not like I don't think Robert was not looking for him. He was trying, but this guy flashed, that guy flashed and you have to go try to make a play someplace else."
This is the second time in as many games an opposing cornerback has publicly ripped Pryor. Janoris Jenkins of the New York Giants talked trash about Pryor before the Browns' 27-13 loss on Nov. 27, then called Pryor "a (expletive) eater" afterward on Twitter.