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Dontrelle Inman vowed he wasn’t out for revenge.
It just so happened he got some.
Inman spent the 2011 preseason and training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars only to be waived during the final round of cuts. The wideout spent the next two years in the Canadian Football League before catching on with the San Diego Chargers, who have reaped the benefits ever since.
That included a standout performance Sunday in Jacksonville in which Inman caught five passes for 65 yards and one touchdown. While he admits it was on his mind earlier in the week that he was facing the team that let him go, he said revenge was the furthest thing from his mind.
“At first (I was thinking about that), but I let it go later in the week. I was focusing on what I can do right now, and not letting anything negative in from the past.”
Although Inman has waited patiently for this moment, he has worked tirelessly over the years to take advantage whenever his number is called. He has started the last three games since Keenan Allen suffered his season-ending kidney injury against the Baltimore Ravens, and has 20 catches for 286 yards and two TDs on the year.
While he’s experienced the most personal success of his career, Inman says it’s been a trying season due to the team’s 3-8 record.
“It’s been tough, because we’ve been losing, but it’s always great to go to battle with your brothers. It’s hard for me to sit on the sideline and not go to battle, but I got my opportunities and love being out there.”
Inman’s return to Jacksonville wasn’t the only noteworthy one for a Chargers wide receiver. Javontee Herndon hails from the city, and had more family and friends in attendance than he could count. In fact, the last time he was at Everbank Field was when he won the “Super 24” award as one of the best 24 players in Jacksonville. He accepted the award at halftime of a Jaguars game, but on Sunday, he was on the field helping defeat his hometown team.
Overall, it was a happy homecoming for Herndon, who had the two longest punt returns of the season for the Bolts, with a 15-yarder in the first quarter and 18-yarder in the third.
“It felt great,” he said. “Just being at home, knowing I have so many people here watching me. Just being comfortable back there and building confidence. We knew all week that he was going to give me a chance to get some yards, so I just caught the ball, found where I could go and just took off…It was definitely a relief. Just going out there and having fun.”