Copeland dismisses criticism

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders might be devastated by their three-game losing streak but not every player is showing it.

Receiver Jeremaine Copeland dropped passes on consecutive throws from Henry Burris in losing 19-9 Saturday to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

In the immediate aftermath, Copeland was spotted yukking it up with 'Riders head coach Danny Barrett.

He said yesterday he isn't concerned how fans might interpret his actions.

"I couldn't care less what they think," Copeland said after Stampeders practice.

"I know what I'm doing and everybody around me knows what I'm doing.

"You can see a guy laughing but everybody knows it was eating me up on the inside. You have to laugh them off.

"Me, as a person, I have to laugh it off. I can't sit around and get mad at it. If you look at that play too long, it carries onto the next couple of plays. I kind of laughed it off just because the guys on the sideline were kind of laughing because they know that's not what I do."

Copeland was later seen in the visitors' locker-room at Taylor Field, brooding about his sub-par showing.

"I was in the locker-room late because I was so frustrated with what happened," Copeland said.

"It meant more to me than it did anyone else on this team. I've already apologized.

"I expect to step my game up to the next level.

"It's being real lazy. It happens to a lot of guys. I had a bad game. I have to step up. It's not going to happen to me too often."

Copeland finished the night with three receptions for 41 yards.

Signed as a free agent prior to the 2005 season, Copeland was acquired to add an experienced, game-breaking presence to the Stampeders offence.

He is second on the team this season with 465 yards on 23 catches but has just one touchdown.


Videos

Photos