ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Manti Te’o said his rough rookie season has nothing to do with the flak he’s faced over getting fooled by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend while at Notre Dame.
The San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker said in his first conference call of the season Tuesday that he has yet to play a complete game in the NFL, but that’s because of his adjustment to the pros and not because he’s distracted in any way by the catcalls from opposing teams or their fans.
Te’o said he does a good job blocking out the chatter from the stands.
I’ve definitely heard things, but my job is to go out there and to play ball and do my best and hopefully come out with a win. So, all the other outside stuff, if I’m paying attention to that, then I’m in trouble, Te’o said. But that’s what fans do. They love their team. They’re passionate about their team, so it’s nothing that I didn’t expect.
Te’o said he hasn’t really caught much grief from opposing players.
I haven’t really run into any of that. I think as players we understand that we’re all in the same situation. We’re all here to play ball and we’re here as football players, we’re trying to provide a life for our families and that’s about it, Te’o said.
Te’o was an All-American linebacker whose draft stock fell after his poor showing in the BCS championship game against Alabama and once the hoax was revealed, and front office personnel wondered whether he’d be mentally tough enough to handle the grief he’d face over the girlfriend hoax.
The Chargers selected him in the second round of the draft, but his development was slowed by a sprained right foot in training camp, and he was inactive for the Chargers’ first three games.
Since then, he’s been steady, collecting 69 tackles and breaking up four passes.
Around the league
Chicago’s game at Philadelphia on Dec. 22 was moved to 8:30 p.m. on NBC, and the New England-Baltimore game moved to 4:25 p.m. on CBS. Arizona placed rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (knee) on injured reserve and promoted safety Curtis Taylor from the practice squad.
Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter confirmed he met with Boise State officials but did not elaborate. Cincinnati fullback Chris Pressley was sidelined the entire season by a knee injury. Miami cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) was placed on the injured reserve list.
Baltimore placed receiver Brandon Stokley (concussion) is on injured reserve, ending his season. Buffalo activated rookie defensive back Jonathan Meeks (ankle) off the injured reserve/designated for return list. Washington promoted rookie running back Jawan Jamison to the active roster and put running back Evan Royster (ankle) on injured reserve. San Francisco signed left guard Ryan Seymour to a three-year contract. Cleveland waived quarterback Caleb Hanie.