NFL, VERZUZ, team up for ‘NFL Pro Bowl VERZUZ’

After pioneering an all new form of immersive competitive entertainment in 2020, VERZUZ—the online series launched by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland—comes together for the first-of-its-kind partnership with the NFL to bring you “NFL Pro Bowl VERZUZ presented by Verizon”. Every night beginning January 26 – 29 at 8:00 PM ET on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more, there will be four days of competitive career highlight battles between several of the most recognizable NFL superstars in the game, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and NFL Network host MJ Acosta-Ruiz. Pro Bowl players Deshaun Watson, Jamal Adams, Budda Baker, DeAndre Hopkins, Jalen Ramsey, Cameron Jordan, Myles Garrett and more will go head-to-head in real-time to determine the winners of several entertaining categories, showcasing their talents on and off the field. Full player matchups will be announced on Monday, January 25 via NFL and VERZUZ social media accounts.

VERZUZ has built a platform for artists to showcase their catalogs to a massive global audience, including celebrities, influencers, politicians, athletes and more. Through this collaboration, Pro Bowl players will be able to showcase their most impressive career highlights in a competitive nature, allowing fans to engage with their favorite players in real-time and support them during entertaining debates. The list of players participating in the battles, which will be comprised of some of the biggest talents and personalities in the NFL, will be announced soon. As always, it promises to be unlike anything else in sports and culture.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the players go head to head with their highlights!” says Swizz Beatz. “These guys are icons just like the artists, let’s give them their flowers.” Timbaland adds, “Verzuz partnering with the NFL made sense for us with culture, sports and music being so aligned.”

“Our Social and Influencer programs are centered around developing innovative concepts that help expand the reach of NFL players as well as our game to younger and more casual audiences. This opportunity to connect the NFL Pro Bowl with VERZUZ for the first time is a perfect continuation of our strategy and something we believe both the fans and players will enjoy,” said Tim Ellis, NFL EVP & Chief Marketing Officer. “Through this collaboration, elite Pro Bowl players will get an opportunity to directly engage with fans in real-time in a friendly debate of their career highlights, in an array of diverse categories that will show that our players’ personalities off the field are just as fun and entertaining as their extraordinary talents on the field.”

Elements of the “NFL Pro Bowl VERZUZ presented by Verizon” will also be featured during the ESPN/ABC simulcast of ‘2021 Pro Bowl Celebration presented by Verizon’ on Sunday, January 31, at 3 PM ET. This ESPN special will celebrate the amazing seasons of this year’s Pro Bowl players.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone talks Jalen Ramsey

It finally happened! The Jacksonville Jaguars finally traded fourth-year CB Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a 2020 first-round draft selection, a 2021 first-round draft selection, and a 2021 fourth-round draft selection.

Ramsey, who requested a trade from Jacksonville, had missed the past three games with a back injury.

On Wednesday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone discussed the trade of Ramsey.

(On how relieving it is to have the Jalen Ramsey trade situation over)

“I never really looked at it that way. I looked at it as obviously I had a good relationship with him and we were working together to get him healthy and get him on the field, and that’s where my focus was, so he can get on the field and help us win football games. Now I’m concentrated on the players that are here and getting our guys focused on Cincinnati.”

(On if he respects the way Ramsey handled himself over the past month)

“I respect everyone that’s in that locker room in the way they handle a lot of their things. I think it’s difficult, especially when a player’s injured and doing everything they can to get back, so I have no issues.”

(On if he was surprised that Ramsey was traded yesterday)

“I think in this league nothing ever really surprises me anymore, especially from the business side of things. I found out kind of like everybody else did late last night. [General Manager] Dave [Caldwell] came in and told me.”

(On what is preventing other players from exaggerating an injury with the purpose of refusing to play)

“I think we have to be careful when we say that this is a blueprint with the injury and wanting to move, because obviously he did have an injury. So, I don’t even want to go there. How to stop anyone else from doing it? I can’t answer that question, I really can’t.”

(On what he believes went wrong with Ramsey)

“Well I was doing everything I can. We were talking every day. We talked last night afterwards, so I can’t speak for that. I was trying, busting my butt, to get him healthy and get him out there. That’s a great question for him. I think he’s the only one that’s going to be able to answer that.”

(On how he addressed the trade with the team today)

“I said, ‘We made the trade last night and that [we] appreciate what Jalen has done for our football team and being part of this football team. And we wish him the best of luck and we have to focus on Cincinnati. We’re going to get a lot of questions today from the media about what’s going on. I’m not telling you guys what to say, I’m just telling you what I’m going to say and I’m going to get my focus back on the team which is my job.’ And that’s exactly what I told them almost word for word.”

(On if a leader of the team had ever said to him that the Ramsey situation was a distraction)

“No. Other things, yes, that’s part of it. We have a committee and there’s things that come up. ‘Hey coach, what do you think about this?’ And you work with the players. And I think they’ll tell you that we’ve worked through a lot of things. I think it’s helped this football team. I think it will continue to help this football team. The more communication in anything that you do, the better it’s going to be. I really believe that.”

(On if he feels that what the Jaguars received in the Ramsey trade is a fair resolution of the trade demand)

“My son asked me the same question. I told him, ‘I don’t know the analytics of all that.’ So, like I said, that future stuff, I’m concentrated on now.”

(On if he needs analytics to formulate an opinion on the Ramsey trade)

“I’m sure five years from now, 10 years from now, someone will be able to write about it. It’s not my job to do that. And again, I know you guys are probably frustrated, but you’re talking to a guy that has a big job to get the players ready. That we’re discussing something that has nothing to do with where my mind is right now, honestly, and I respect the hell out of you guys, you know that. I just wish I can give you the insight and the answers that that question needs to be answered. I don’t have that. And I wish we could get someone up here that can answer it, I do, but it’s me. So, I really – you don’t know. You don’t know until down the road.”

(On what the feeling was like with Jalen Ramsey)

“I keep trying to tell everyone, we had a very good relationship. I told him the same thing – I appreciate what you have done, I wish you the best and I’ll see you in the summer. I see him in the summer. We are right down the road from each other [in Tennessee]. I wish him the best. I really do.”

(On why Jalen Ramsey didn’t play Sunday)

“Everything is, like I said before, a collaborative effort. Doctors, trainers, players, for all injured players. We are working out and we are progressing, and it got to a point where [his back] wasn’t where we would be able to put him out there and be able to perform. That’s exactly what happened. No different than a lot of the other guys that [have injuries] happen, nothing unusual of how that goes.”

(On if he spends any time looking back and trying to figure out where things went wrong with Jalen Ramsey or second-guessing how the franchise approached his situation)

“I don’t have the time honestly. I am always disappointed in myself first that I couldn’t do a better job. That is just how I am wired. I am not a martyr or anything like that. My job is the coaches, myself, getting the team ready.  How the franchise [does things] … that’s above me. I don’t have the time to think about that.”

(On if the Jalen Ramsey situation made his job harder)

“I don’t see it harder or easier. I think being a head coach in the NFL is always hard. I don’t think that ever changes. I think it’s a privilege. It’s an honor. It’s one that I don’t take lightly, so I put a lot of effort into doing the best job I can and being the best leader I can. That is what I’m trying to do. I don’t look at outside forces creating things for me. I think sometimes you have some tough luck. I think last year with the injuries, that was kind of tough. That’s the only thing that I really look at that makes it tough, when you have a lot of injuries and you can’t go out there full strength.”

Jaguars trade Jalen Ramsey to Rams

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded fourth-year CB Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a 2020 first-round draft selection, a 2021 first-round draft selection and a 2021 fourth-round draft selection.

The Jaguars now have 18 picks, including four first-round selections, over the next two drafts.

In 2020, the Jaguars currently hold nine selections (Jacksonville’s first-round pick, Los Angeles Rams’ first-round pick, Jacksonville’s second-round pick, Jacksonville’s third-round pick, Jacksonville’s fourth-round pick, Los Angeles Rams’ fifth-round pick, Jacksonville’s sixth-round pick, Seattle’s sixth-round pick and Jacksonville’s seventh-round pick).

In 2021, the Jaguars currently hold nine selections (Jacksonville’s first-round pick, Los Angeles Rams’ first-round pick, Jacksonville’s second-round pick, Jacksonville’s third-round pick, Jacksonville’s fourth-round pick, Los Angeles Rams’ fourth-round pick, Jacksonville’s fifth-round pick, Jacksonville’s sixth-round pick, and Jacksonville’s seventh-round pick).

In 2022, the Jaguars currently hold their original seven selections.

Jalen Ramsey to leave team for birth of daughter

It has been a very interesting week for Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey. He did not report to practice on Monday due to illness, and today, Ramsey did not practice because of a sore back.

Now, according to a statement from Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, Ramsey will be away from the team as he awaits the birth of his daughter.

Here is the statement from Marrone below:

“Months ago in the offseason, Jalen notified me that he was expecting the birth of his second child in late September. We spoke about this recently and again today after practice and decided that it was best for Jalen to fly to Nashville tonight after meetings to be with his family during the birth of their daughter. He will return to the team when he’s ready, and we will provide an update at that time.”

With his recent trade request, it will be interesting to see if or when Ramsey will return to the team, but for now, best wishes to Ramsey and his family.

Jaguars’ Marrone talks Jalen Ramsey

Jacksonville Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey called in sick on Monday, and according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ramsey believes he may have the flu. Last week, the two-time Pro Bowler asked to be traded from Jacksonville, but according to reports, the Jaguars would like to keep the fourth-year player around, so you wonder if Ramsey is doing this to force Jacksonville to trade him.

On Monday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone addressed the media and had this to say about Ramsey:

(On how you deal with the ‘limbo’ that the team is in regarding Jalen Ramsey as a coach)

Marrone: “I can’t speak for all of the players. I think we all have responsibilities; we all have a job. That’s how I look at it. Other people may not, but that’s basically the mindset that I’m in. I control the things that I can control. I don’t get crazy with the things that are on the outside.”

(On what the player protocol is for being sick)

Marrone: “It’s happened a bunch. They’re sick and they’ll call in, and depending on the type of sickness, they’ll stay away, because obviously you don’t want to get anyone else sick. They’ll go see Dr. [Michael] Yorio and Yorio will get back to us and tell us what’s going [on] and we just take it from there. It’s happened – I don’t want to exaggerate, and say hundreds of times, but it’s happened quite a bit. It’s happened here since I’ve been the head coach a couple times. It’s happened with Myles [Jack], where I was actually in the hotel with him, he stayed there. It’s happened, so to me, it’s nothing as big. But I understand that that’s probably a big story because of the other things that are surrounding it.”

(On when Ramsey is scheduled to meet with doctor Yorio)

Marrone: “Sometime this morning.”

(On if he will wait to game plan with Ramsey)

Marrone: “Right now it’s early, so we’re always game planning with the ones we have unless the doctor says something different.”

(On when he found out that Ramsey was sick)

Marrone: “Just got a message the same way I always have about players [being] sick. I get a message from the trainer.”

(On if he finds the timing of Ramsey’s sickness odd)

Marrone: “I’m not getting into that, odd or anything. If you’re sick, you’re sick, right? What are you going to do?”

Jalen Ramsey: ‘All I care about is winning, everybody knows that’

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey wants out of Jacksonville, and according to his agent, has requested a trade. On Sunday, Ramsey and head coach Doug Marrone got into it on the sidelines during the Jaguars’ 13-12 loss to the Texans, which may have led to the trade request. Additionally, Ramsey has been open about wanting a contract extension, which to this point, has not and will probably not happen in Jacksonville.

Now, it’s up to the Jaguars to either work things out with Ramsey or find the right home for the two-time Pro Bowler, and with the Jaguars hosting the Titans on Thursday, it should be interesting to see how Jacksonville handles this situation.

Today, Ramsey addressed the trade rumors. Here is a full transcript below:

Ramsey: “I know it’s a lot going on in the media these past couple days, a lot of speculation and nobody’s really heard from me. On Sunday after the game, I was told I didn’t have to talk, that’s why I didn’t talk, it wasn’t anything against you all. But yeah, I wanted tot talk as soon as I could today just because I really don’t want it to be a distraction for my teammates getting ready for a game on Thursday. And right now, I’m still a part of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and I’m happy about that and I’m getting ready for the game as well. And that’s where my focus is right now. I’ve been in meetings. I’ve been taking my notes.  I’ve been getting ready for our walkthroughs and our practices and everything we have to do out there.

“Also, I’ve seen a couple fake things out there in the media right now that I don’t love the city, that I don’t love the fans, just whatever speculation. None of that is true. I love Duval. The city embraced me. The fans have embraced me since I’ve been here. Just last night I was at Ruth Chris’ [steak house] and they were showing [a] hell of love. So, it’s nothing like that. I love the city.  I love the fans, man. Ever since I’ve been here in Jacksonville, since I was drafted here, I’ve done nothing but give the city my all. I think everybody knows that. They’ve gotten some really good years out of me and forever long I’m going to be here I’m going to continue to give it my all out there. All I care about is winning, everybody knows that. I want to [expletive] win. Straight up. Excuse my language, but everybody knows that. That’s who I am. That passion, that fire, that heart. That’s what you all love. And I’m going to continue giving that as long as I’m here. I know you all have a lot of questions. I really don’t want to answer too many questions from everybody, there’s a lot of people in here today. I don’t want to answer every single little question that you have about different situations and what came about to lead to this point. I have nothing bad or negative to say at all about anybody in this building. Shit happens. It is what it is. I think everybody for the most part knows what’s up. So, I don’t really too much want to speak on it and give no detail. I’m going to let God do his work and let my agent do his work and everybody’s going to work it out. And I’m going to focus on what I can focus on, and right now, that’s being a good teammate still while I’m here. Get ready for the game, supporting my guys and just being Jalen at the end of the day.”

(On if he is saying that he does not want to be traded)

Ramsey: “I’m focused on this Thursday. Focused on being the best teammate I can be while I’m here in Jacksonville.”

(On why he wants a trade)

Ramsey: “I’m super excited to play this Thursday, truly. I’m excited to go back out there and suit up with my dog Myles [Jack]. I’m so happy that man just got paid, I told you all that last time I came in here. It’s still pay Yan[nick Ngakoue]. I want Yan to get paid. I want all my dogs to go out there and ball. I want to ball with them on Thursday if I’m still here and yeah, I’m in a real good space right now. I’m at peace. Last week I came in here real positive, I’m still on that.”


(On if he thinks he’s causing a distraction to his teammates)

Ramsey: “Let’s be clear about something in regard to that. I didn’t leak that information. Me and my agent, we are not the ones who leaked that information, and I was very strict about that, because I did not want it to get out, and I didn’t want to be a distraction. I didn’t want everybody asking my teammates all types of questions throughout the week. So, let me be real clear about that; I was not the one. Me and my team, we were not the ones that leaked that information because I thought about my teammates. I thought about stuff like that. So, you need to ask the other side or whoever.”


(On what he will do if he cannot be traded)

Ramsey: “I’m excited for this Thursday. I’m going to go out there like I do every single game, and I’m going to give it my all. Regardless of the emotion, regardless of if I’m mad or not. Last week I had a good-ass game. The best receiver in the NFL – held him to what, probably his worst stat line in two years? And nobody’s really talking about that. I’m going out here, I’m playing my ass off. I’m giving it all for my teammates like I always do, and they know that. That’s who I do it for. I do it for God and my teammates, I really don’t care about anybody else [or] what they think.”

(On if the trade request had been building up to this point)

Ramsey: “I don’t want to keep running around your questions. I’m not trying to be rude or anything, but at the same time I don’t want to answer them either. Because I don’t want to be a distraction. I know you all are going to make the headlines off of one little thing I’m going to say, so I’m trying not to say anything for you all to really get a headline. I know the deal, and I don’t want to give you all a headline because I don’t want it to become a bigger thing around here. That’s pretty much it, so, I’m chilling. I’m trying to be a good teammate. I’m doing what I have to do, carrying on normally. Yesterday seven [Leonard Fournette] was at the crib. We were chilling at the crib getting treatment. Today I come in, talk to my teammates, we’re chilling. MJ [Myles Jack] in the back. J Rob [Josh Robinson] in the back, trying to come see what’s up with me. I’m good. I’m in a good space right now, and I’m trying to put out as much positive energy as I can to flow through my teammates. This is a short week, this is one of the toughest weeks in the NFL for teams. Getting ready for a division game on a short week, I’m not trying to add distractions on to these guys at all. So, I’m sorry I’m giving you all the runaround a little bit, but I know what it is, so I’m not really trying to give you all headlines.”


(On if he’s talked to management about his displeasure)

Ramsey: “I’m not going to talk about private stuff with you all [and] make private stuff public. But like I said, I have nothing bad to say about anybody, nothing negative to say about anybody here. I’ll keep that private.”

(On why he was upset on the sideline during the game)

Ramsey: “I play mad. I play mad all of the time. I play like that. I play with a lot of emotion all the time.  That little incident, it was an incident. I don’t know when it happened, first quarter, second quarter, I’m not sure, but it didn’t carry on the whole game. We went out and we had a hell of a game the rest of the game, the defense, we played really well out there. The DBs [defensive backs], we strapped up, we did our thing. So, I didn’t let it affect my play, didn’t let it affect anything out there. What coach said; he said he didn’t recall what happened, right? So, I’ll go off of that.”


(On if he had a chance to talk with Head Coach Doug Marrone following the game)

Ramsey: “No, we didn’t talk to each other.”


(On if not getting a contract is most important factor to him wanting to play elsewhere)

Ramsey: “I don’t care about that. God’s going to work that out.”


(On if the way he is being used on defense is a factor for him wanting to play elsewhere as he is arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the league)

Ramsey: “No argument.”


(On if he is being properly used on defense)

Ramsey: “I have nothing negative to say about any of my teammates of course, none of my coaches. I don’t have anything negative to say. So, you’re not going to get that from me.”


(On if he feels the organization is on the right track in regard to re-signing or paying the correct players)

Ramsey: “I’m just here doing what I can do. I let God handle all of that. And when guys do get paid what they have earned and they’re deserving of, I’m super happy for them like I always [have] been for Myles [Jack]. Like I said, it’s still pay Yan. Yan needs to get paid. He’s an elite player.”


(On what needs to happen to for him to stay a Jaguar)

Ramsey: “I can’t answer that question for you honestly, so I’m not going to give you bullshit.”


(On being happy in training camp)

Ramsey: “I’m still happy. Don’t get it twisted now. I’m happy now. I’m totally at peace.”


(On if there was an instance where things took a turn in terms of his happiness)

Ramsey: “I’m not going to give you all what you all are reaching for right now. I don’t have anything negative to say about anybody. It’s straight positive energy from me, for real. Positive energy. Private conversations are going to stay private. You all can create stories and use headlines as you will, but you’re not going to get it from me. I’m just making you know, you’re not going to get it from me. I don’t have anything negative to say about anybody around here in this building. I have really good relationships with tons of people around this building. I’ve grown over my three years being here, three years [and] two games being here. I’ve built relationships that are going to last forever, whether I’m here or whether I’m gone, with the PR staff, with the community, with the equipment staff, training staff, janitors.  Even you all, the media, we’ve grown over these three years. I didn’t really [expletive] with you all, now I do. I’m sorry with my cursing, but you all just got me talking a little bit. But yeah, I don’t have anything negative to say. This has been a great experience. This has been a growing experience. So yeah, I’m trying to keep that positive energy flowing.”


(On how he would respond if he was deactivated for Thursday’s game)

Ramsey: “I’m going to support the hell out of my teammates. As long as I’m a part of this team that’s all you’re going to get from me. I’m going to support the hell out of them. As long as I’m a part of this team, I hope they go out there and beat the hell out of people. I hope they win every game as long as I’m a part of this team. I have nothing but love for every player on this team. They go out there and they play their asses off. We have good vibes. I love that locker room. Those are my guys.”


(On why the organization would trade him)

Ramsey: “You’d have to ask them. We can go through a whole lot, but I don’t want to go through it.”


(On if he expects the team to grant his trade request with all of his accolades)

Ramsey: “Do I expect them? They may, they may not. I’m going to let God figure everything out. God, my agent. When I have conversations with him, we’ll figure some things out and we’ll go like that. But like I said, as long as I’m here you’re going to get everything out of me. I think you all know that, though.”

(On if he expected to be disciplined by the team after Week 2)

Ramsey: “For what?”

(On if he expected to be disciplined by the team after Week 2 for his actions on the sideline)

Ramsey: “I don’t recall.”

(On if the statement he made on the ‘Bussin’ With The Boys’ podcast about wanting to play for either Tennessee or Las Vegas is still true)

Ramsey: “Is that what I said? Shout out to ‘Bussin’ With The Boys.’”

 (On if he anticipates playing Thursday)

Ramsey: “Yeah, I think so.”

 (On if Tennessee and Las Vegas would be ideal landing spots)

Ramsey: “You know I’m not going to answer your question.”

Ramsey: ‘I’m serious about football, of course, but at the same time, I’m going to have fun’

Football is meant to be fun. However, it’s usually only fun when you’re winning, which was not the case for the Jacksonville Jaguars last year.  Jacksonville had a lot of expectations in 2018, especially after making the AFC title game in 2017, but things did not go as planned, and the Jaguars finished the 2018 season at 5-11.

One guy who likes to have a lot of fun is Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey. The two-time Pro Bowler arrived at training camp in an armored car, which makes a lot of sense because Ramsey wants a new contract.  But, no matter the situation, Ramsey is going to try to find a way to have a good time.

“At this point, I feel like you all know me. I’m serious about my craft.,” Ramsey said on Sunday. “I’m serious about football, of course, but at the same time, I’m going to have fun. I’m going to be an entertainer as well as a football player. If I can bring awareness just to the game of football, the game that I love, and have more people watching like people who just watch Haha Davis, like comedy, and they get to crossover, and they see,’ Oh, who is this?’ And now they’re watching training camp and football. I love that. This is the game I love; I want to bring as much attention to it as I can.”

Ramsey gave this little piece of advice about having fun at the end of the press conference on Sunday.

“I think you all are done, right? I appreciate it. Stop reaching. Enjoy your life. Stop reaching,” Ramsey said. “I don’t know if it was you or who came up with that or whoever [asked the question about the eight locks]. You all are reaching. It’s not a hidden message in everything we do. We are humans. We like to have fun at the end of the day. We like to enjoy ourselves. Yes, we are very serious about our crafts, of course, as we should be, but we enjoy life. We enjoy some of the same things that you all enjoy. Live life, be light-hearted. Have fun, don’t wake up serious. For the haters, don’t wake up hating. You can’t hate all your life. Just be blessed. There are people who didn’t get to wake up this morning, for real. I’m not trying to get all serious, but for real, be blessed and thank God every day and just live your life like that.”

If Jacksonville is winning, no one will care about his antics, but if the Jaguars have a season as they had in 2018, well, fans won’t be very receptive to all the funny stuff.


Ramsey on Josh Allen: ‘I definitely thought he was the best player in the draft’

Jaguars rookie LB Josh Allen comes to the team with a lot of expectations. Allen was seventh overall pick by Jacksonville in the 2019 NFL Draft, and in his last season at Kentucky, Allen had a team-high 88 tackles, 17.0 sacks, 21.5 TFL, and five forced fumbles, earning consensus first-team All-America honors, SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Allen’s 17.0 sacks were the most by an SEC player in a single season since the NCAA started official sack records in 2000 and he ranked second nationally in sacks, fourth in fumbles forced and sixth in TFL.

Allen’s ability to get after the quarterback is something the Jaguars can use, and according to Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey, Allen has the ability to be a special player.

“I watched him in college, and I thought he was a dog,” Ramsey recently said about Allen. “I thought he was a good player and I guess he was on his visit or something here and he mentioned me in one of his stories and I saw it. I DM’d him back. I definitely thought he was the best player in the draft. I got to see him when he was in Orlando for the bowl game, and he had like 4.0 sacks. Then after the game, just his swag and his whole demeanor about it, he was like, ‘If I’m not the No. 1 overall pick, I don’t know who will be.’ That sh** just … Yeah, that’s me right there. You all know, I love that. That type of mentality as well as actually putting it out there on the field, that’s what I’m all about. I think he will fit in well. I hope he can get healthy; I don’t know what all is going on with that.”

Allen has been slowed during minicamp with a knee injury, but if healthy, he should help. Jacksonville amassed 37 sacks last season, which was tied for 22nd in the league, so if Allen has the goods, that Jacksonville pass rush should be stable for years to come.

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Jalen Ramsey: ‘I feel I have earned a new contract’

Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey was hoping for a new contract this offseason, but according to Ramsey, that will not be happening this year.

In April, Jacksonville exercised the fifth-year option on Ramsey’s contract, which means he will be under contract until 2020. Ramsey is scheduled to make $3.6 million in 2019.

Entering his fourth season in the league, Ramsey, 24, has established himself as one the better corners in the league, and while Ramsey made the Pro Bowl last season, he was not as good as he was in 2017. However, he still one of the best corners in football.

Today, Ramsey addressed his contract situation as the Jaguars begin mandatory minicamp.

(On his contract)

Ramsey: “It is something that we have expressed of course and kind of got into. I let my agent talk to the [Jaguars] and they have had dialogue of course. As far as I know, I’ve been let know that I will not be getting a contract extension. I will not be getting a contract extension this year. You all take that however you may want to take that, but I’m excited to be … As long as I’m a part of this organization, as long as I’m part of Duval County, I’m going to give the city and the players all I’ve got. I think you all know that. I have fought through injuries. I have fought through everything. I have not missed a game. I think I am in a similar situation as Yann as far as I have outplayed my rookie contract, and I feel I have earned a new contract, but at the end of the day, it’s not the end of the world. I am tremendously blessed. I am so blessed that I am not down or anything like that at all. That is the circumstance. That is what I have been told.”

(On the Jaguars not having the money to extend his contract right now)

Ramsey: “The money is always there my guy. The money is always there, but like I said, that is all I will say about it. I am happy to be here. I want to be a part of the team, but [a contract extension] won’t happen this year. I will just say that.”

(On his expectations for the secondary with them having more time together) “Do we [have more time together]? What do you mean? It is my second year with D.J. [Hayden]. Me and A.J. [Bouye] will have played with each other for three [years]. This will be two for D.J. We have two new safeties, that will be secondary included. We have not played with them yet in a game. Corners, yes, but it is a whole collective thing as a secondary. We have to work with the safeties. It will be good though. We are early on in the year. It is June 11. We have a long way to go before September, even before training camp. We are going to have these couple days and then we are going to go on a long break. This is just the beginning. Today, I feel like it went good. This is just the beginning.”

(On if he has to have more of a leadership role with Tashaun Gipson Sr. no longer with the team) “I don’t. I think the [other players] are equipped to fill in and do their jobs well. To be honest, it’s my first day here. I do not know who will be in the secondary doing the speeches and breaking us down. I don’t know. It will not be. That is just not me. It doesn’t matter how much someone tries to force it on me. It is just not me. I have never done it since I have been here. It was ‘Gip’ in the past. Of course, I miss Gip. It will be somebody. Somebody will want to do that. Somebody will step into that role. I know Ronnie might. I don’t know. It’s my first day here.”

Jaguars pick up Jalen Ramsey’s fifth-year option

The Jacksonville Jaguars have exercised the fifth-year option on fourth-year Pro Bowl CB Jalen Ramsey, the club announced today. Ramsey is now under contract with the Jaguars through the 2020 season.

Ramsey, who has totaled 193 career tackles, 44 passes defensed and nine INTs (one for TD), has started all 48 games since being drafted with the fifth overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has been selected to back-to-back Pro Bowls and finished the 2018 season with 65 tackles (59 solo), 13 passes defensed and three INTs. Ramsey is the only AFC CB to earn consecutive Pro Bowl bids, and he’s one of eight players in franchise history and just three on defense (DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson) to earn multiple Pro Bowl honors.

In Week 11 vs. Pittsburgh, Ramsey, 6-1, 208, became the youngest player in franchise history to register multiple INTs in a single game. His 11 career games with multiple passes defensed are the most by a player 24-or-younger in franchise history. In 2017, he was part of the NFL’s No. 1 passing defense and posted four INTs and 17 passes defensed en route to Associated Press first-team All-Pro honors. The Smyrna, Tenn. native played collegiately at Florida State University and earned unanimous All-America honors.