Northcutt Making Strides: His Thoughts

New Jaguars WR Dennis Northcutt explains his reasons for coming to Jacksonville and why he thinks he can make a difference

(on becoming a Jaguar)
"It is a pleasure to be here. The Jacksonville Jaguars mean a whole lot to me. I'm very excited about getting started, trying to come in and help a team that is very good and add my experience. Being a leader for all these years and being in the NFL, everything I can bring to the table by making plays. I'm very happy to be here."

(on why he chose Jacksonville)
"(It) was the right place for me. In life we always wonder why we are in certain places. I think this is the place for me. I have always believed in allowing God to put me in places where I need to be. I have had a lot of success doing that. Sometimes in life when we drift off and do something we want to do, it's not as pleasurable or good for us if we allow God to do it. This is where God put me. I'm here and I'm very happy. I can't wait to get started and I'm very excited about it."

(on the Jaguars wanting him to be able to stretch the field)
"I'm a fast receiver, very quick in and out of routes. I make big plays. Whatever is asked of me, I am going to do. That is what I told the coach. Anything that I can do, if that is going deep, catch the short ball, catch the screen, reverses, going across the middle, slot, outside, whatever you need me to do I can do it. I have done it all in my career. I have always been willing to take one for the team however that may be. Over the years I have become a veteran that understands the game. I have been around some great coaches that have really taught me well. I totally understand this is a profession. This is a business. Nothing else matters but football. When it's football time, this is what we get paid to do. There shouldn't be anything more serious than football. I'm here to show and lead by example that nothing else matters to me. It's about studying film, preparing yourself for each game. There is no "I" in team. Sometimes you may have a big game and sometimes you may not. The number one quest here is winning each football game and taking it one game at a time. You can only do that by preparing yourself and being ready."

(on how tough it was to get in rhythm with all the young quarterbacks in Cleveland)
"It became very hard last year. You look at seven years. I had 15 quarterbacks in seven years, four head coaches and five offensive coordinators. That should speak by itself. It's part of life. You don't get everything you want. I just got unlucky. I learned a lot about how to deal with a lot of things so to be here is a privilege. It's a privilege to myself for the last seven years for being patient and doing everything I could to learn as an individual. I'm just happy and excited. People will see. It's hard when every other year you are switching situations, bringing in a new coach and new quarterback. I think I went through two or three quarterbacks each year. I'm just excited about being a part of this and being a guy that can come in and help. They brought in the right guy. I'm so excited about getting started and being able to work. When you look at this team and what I have been reading is that the passing game is the weakness of this team. Now that I am a part of the Jacksonville Jaguars receiving corps, I feel like that is a challenge. As a receiving group, we need to take that personal. You are talking about us. You are talking about me being the weak link of this team. There is a lot of hard work we need to put into this. There is something we are not doing right. Something needs to be done. I feel like it's a challenge and I'm ready to get started to try and improve this."

(on how much he knows about Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich)
"I have met Byron a few times and have had conversations with him. Of course, I'm a football fan and I have watched him play. I watched him play in college at Marshall. I'm very excited about having the opportunity to play with him. I always thought he was a great quarterback. I can't wait to get out there and start building a relationship with him on the football field and start trying to build chemistry with him. That is where my mind keeps wandering to. You have to build chemistry and get on the same page. See what he's thinking, see how he throws the ball, and he can see how I get in and out of routes compared to some of the other guys. I look forward to it."

(on if Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio talked to him about his role)
"Not really. He understands and knows I can help this team or I wouldn't be here. It's a combination of everything. It's a combination of slot, outside, punt return, anything I can do to help this team make plays and help the offense. Maybe a reverse, a screen or a deep bomb, across the middle, moving the chains on third down. These are all the things I have done in my career. Field position and making smart decisions back there on punt returns. Securing a catch when it's late in the game on punt return. The only thing I can do is what I can do. I'm not trying to come in here and be superman or do something I can't do. The only thing I can do is what I have always done and that is work hard, go out and play this game and give it all I can give."

(on having a big year for Cleveland in 2002 and what was the difference that year)
"We had consistency on the team. Kelly Holcomb and Tim Couch were the quarterbacks. We had consistency and I think that was the biggest thing. We didn't have it any other year I was in Cleveland. People say I had big numbers that year, but I had big numbers other years. But it was just consistency that year all around the board, defense, offense and special teams. When you are on a good football team and making plays, it's easier to stand out. You may have a career-high 1,200 yards as a receiver on a 1-15 team, but you can go 10-6 and have 600 yards and look like you had a better year. It's all about consistency and what kind of team you are on."

(on what he thought when he assessed the Jaguars receiving corps)
"I like to compete. I believe the best players will play. It's a business and sometimes money is a part of it. I have no problem with competing. One of the reasons I wanted to come here is because of the young guys that are here. I think these guys can be really good. They have talent."

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