RTC: Clowney defends stat drop

Jadeveon Clowney's less-than-impressive stats from the 2013 season have had a lot of people wondering about his work ethic and attitude.

But the former South Carolina standout -- whom many NFL draft analysts have pegged as the player the Jaguars will choose at No. 3 -- told Yahoo! Sports his stats fell from 2012 because of all the attention he received from opponents. Clowney had three sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2013 after recording 13.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss in 2012.

"If you watch our tapes, everybody can see I'm playing hard. Guys that don't know anything," Clowney told Yahoo! Sports. "... People expect me to get five sacks, 10 tackles for loss every game, but that wasn't going to happen the way teams were playing me.

"I'm taking 80 snaps a game, all our snaps per game, I'm playing them all. Coaches were like, 'Keep playing the way you play. We love the way you play.'"

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

Rivers McCown of the Football Outsiders breaks down the biggest needs for teams in the AFC South. Not surprisingly, he lists quarterback as the Jaguars' top need.

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke and Doug Farrar have the Jaguars and Oakland Raiders on top of their NFL 0ffseason power rankings, which take into consideration how well each team is prepared for the offseason with cap room, amount of draft picks, the track record of the GM and pending free agents.

Quarterback Blake Bortles joined an Orlando radio station morning show on Wednesday to talk about the NFL combine and upcoming draft. The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran breaks down some of Bortles' comments, but the most intriguing is the fact that the former Central Florida standout plans to throw at the combine.

NFL Films producer Greg Cosell told a Nashville, Tenn., radio station that quarterback Johnny Manziel looked "almost undraftable" at the end of the 2013 regular season.