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We’re About To Find Out How Good Jalen Ramsey Really Is

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We’re About To Find Out How Good Jalen Ramsey Really Is

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If you haven’t seen or heard about it yet, Jalen Ramsey, cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, gave his two cents on practically every quarterback in the league when interviewed by GQ Magazine.

During the interview, Ramsey ripped on rookie quarterback Josh Allen calling him “trash” and saying that Allen was a “stupid draft pick” for the Buffalo Bills. He called Matt Ryan “overrated” and said Joe Flacco “sucks” – a league MVP and a Super Bowl Winner, respectively. He pegged Ben Roethlisberger, a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, as being “decent at best.” He must not remember when Big Ben unloaded on him and the rest of the Jaguars defense for 469 yards and 5 touchdowns in last year’s Divisional Round playoff game.

Ramsey even had something to say about his own quarterback Blake Bortles, saying “Blake do what he gotta do.” Ok, whatever that means. You think he’s sold on his own quarterback? Doesn’t sound like it to me.

In an interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes, Ramsey dared to call Rob Gronkowski “overrated” and said that Danny Amendola, who recently left the Patriots to sign with the Dolphins, is “terrible.”

Go look up Gronk’s career stats against my Pittsburgh Steelers and tell me he’s overrated. The man ANNIHILATES the Steelers every time he plays against them. As a passionate Steelers fan, often times I dread playing the Patriots, and it’s not just because of how good the team, Brady or Belichick is, but because when a healthy Gronk steps onto the field, it’s a wrap almost every time. The Patriots are 5-1 against the Steelers when Gronk is on the field. Gronk has 8 career touchdowns against Pittsburgh – that’s second most only to the Bills (12 TDs), who he obviously plays all of the time in the AFC East. He averages 110.7 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game when he plays Pittsburgh. An absolute terror.

When I think of the five best tight ends ever to play the game, Gronkowski is on that list for me; along with Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe, Antonio Gates, and Jason Witten. To call him overrated, is foolish. Sure, Gronk gets injured often, but that doesn’t discredit how good of a player he is. I hate that argument by the way. When someone says “well he’s not that good because he gets hurt all the time.” No…no no no. If that is the case, then Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the worst baseball players to ever play the game. That argument is dumb, I hate it. As for Danny Amendola, I think he will be wide receiver #2 on the depth chart for Miami, behind Kenny Stills (yes I’m putting him ahead of DeVante Parker). Amendola isn’t great, but he’s not THAT bad.

Let’s face it, Ramsey has a big mouth. Fortunately for him, thus far he has been able to walk his talk. In his first two seasons, Ramsey posted 107 total tackles with 6 interceptions, including a pick-six in his rookie season.

But this season may be his toughest one yet, and he just put a tremendous amount of pressure on himself. Have you seen the Jaguars’ schedule this year? It is NOT pretty. According to CBS Sports, the Jaguars are tied for 25th for strength of schedule. Sounds easy, right? But this is based on their opponents’ winning percentage from last season.

Things have changed in the AFC South. We have to remember a few things.

The Colts will have Andrew Luck back – you know, someone who can actually play quarterback. The Texans will have a healthy Deshaun Watson back, who had 19 touchdown passes in 7 games last season. Ramsey faced Watson just once last season, and it was Week 1. Watson will be a much different quarterback this time around. As for Marcus Mariota, he can only go nowhere but up from his poor performance last season.

Oh, and by the way, the Titans are my pick to win the AFC South this year. Mariota will have a better year, Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry are a sneaky-killer 1-2 punch in the backfield, the offensive line improved, and they improved their defense as well, which includes new addition Malcolm Butler, who will probably play this season pissed off (Patriots fans will know what I’m talking about), and newly-acquired Kenny Vaccaro. I loved what the Titans did in the offseason, both offensively and defensively. I am completely sold on the Titans this year.

Overall, I think the Titans moved their needle significantly. Remember too, they were a playoff team last season! I think the Jaguars’ needle moves…backwards.

Jacksonville lost Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Mercedes Lewis, Chris Ivory, and now Marquis Lee to a knee injury. Their best receiver right now is…Donte Moncrief? With Blake Bortles, a quarterback who we know is a bit limited in particular areas of his game, the Jaguars do not have much firepower on offense.

If you can’t get Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara, or David Johnson in your Fantasy Football draft, go pick Leonard Fournette. The man will have a million touches this year. And while the Jaguars defense will still be stout this year, the problem for them is that every other team in their division got better. I truly believe that Jacksonville’s best shot at a Super Bowl was last season.

As the offensive needle moves backwards, it may mean that Ramsey and the rest of the Jaguars defense will have to put in more work on the defensive end. More time spent on the field, and that in itself could be a challenge. But let’s just take a look at Ramsey’s schedule this season.

What is on your agenda, Jalen? Let’s have a look:

Week 1 (at Giants): You have to cover Odell Beckham Jr…on the road.

Week 2 (Patriots): You have to play against the best quarterback on the planet, and stop a pissed off (because you talked smack about him) Gronk train.

Week 3 (Titans): You play a much improved Titans team, who will probably be your future AFC South champion.

Week 4 (Jets): I know, it’s the Jets. But if Sam Darnold is as good as Josh Norman has praised him to be, you could be in for a surprise.

Week 5 (at Chiefs): Patrick Mahomes has a CANNON. And you have to play at Arrowhead Stadium…

Week 6 (at Cowboys): Off to Jerry World. It won’t be easy. You won’t have any problems facing the Cowboys’ receivers. But if Ezekiel Elliott decides to just take over the game, how you play might not even matter.

Week 7 (Texans): You get to face Deshaun Watson…and not on his NFL debut.

Week 8 (Eagles): Oh! You get to face the defending Super Bowl champions! Can you keep up with Mike Wallace? And Wentz will probably be ready to go by Week 8, right?

Week 9 (Bye): Yeah you’ll need this Bye Week after that one…

Week 10 (at Colts): Hope you rested well on your Bye Week. You’re in Andrew Luck’s house now, and you’ve never faced him before.

Week 11 (Steelers): Welcome to the Burgh. You may have gotten the best of the Steelers last season, but not this time. Are you going to allow Big Ben to toss nearly 500 yards on you again? Oh yeah, not only do you face a future Hall of Famer QB, you have to cover the best wide receiver on the planet. Good luck.

Week 12 (at Bills): Did you know since 2015 the Bills are actually tied for 3rd in the AFC for best home record only behind the Patriots, Chiefs, and Steelers? I know, it’s the Bills, but don’t underestimate playing at Buffalo on November 25th. You like snow? And that quarterback you called “trash”, maybe he gets himself together by Week 12.

Week 13 (Colts): Assuming he stays healthy, you get to face Andrew Luck again. You’re not facing Jacoby Brissett anymore, and T.Y Hilton may get his groove back with Luck under center.

Week 14 (at Titans): Even if you take down the Titans in Week 3, they’re good enough this year to pull out a win at home and split with you on the season. They swept you last year and they will be even better this year.

Week 15 (Redskins): You get to face a quarterback who doesn’t turn the ball over, and you better hope the Redskins aren’t scratching and clawing for a Wild Card spot at this point.

Week 16 (at Dolphins): This is the easiest game on your schedule. Enjoy it.

Week 17 (at Texans): You get to face the Watson-Hopkins connection again, this time on the road. Last week of the season against a divisional rival and if the Texans are clawing for a playoff spot, NRG Stadium will be bumping.

In summary, Ramsey is tasked with covering arguably 3 of the top 5 receivers in the NFL, one of the best tight ends ever, the best quarterback to walk this earth, the defending Super Bowl champs, the always unpredictable NFC East, and three AFC South quarterbacks who, if they can stay healthy, have nowhere to go but up from last season. Ramsey has done well for himself so far in his career, but he will be tested this season.

This will be the year where we find out how good Jalen Ramsey really is.

Matt lives in Newnan, Georgia but was born and raised in Upstate New York. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Boston Celtics. At the collegiate level, he is a Notre Dame and Syracuse fan (yeah he can root for both, and what?!) He must, however, find a soccer team to root for. So him out there. All suggestions are welcome. You can catch Matt on the Turf mostly covering NFL, NBA, MLB, College Football and Basketball, and Horse Racing (that is not a typo, he practically grew up on a racetrack). It's nothing's strictly sports.

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