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.

Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey reacts to making Pro Bowl

For the second consecutive season, Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey has made the Pro Bowl. The third-year corner has three interceptions and 11 pass defenses this season.

On Wednesday, Ramsey discussed what it means for him to make the Pro Bowl in 2018:

(On making the Pro Bowl)

“It is a blessing. It is a credit to my teammates, my coaches, the fans, the opponents that voted me in. I thank God for it.”

(On making the Pro Bowl in back-to-back years)

“It is super special. Back to back. It was a goal coming into the year to be the best I can. This is a step in that direction. This season has not gone how I would have liked it to go. This is a positive end to the end of the season.”

(On his experiences last year)

“Last year was a little different circumstances. I plan on being there again. We have two games that I look forward to and staying healthy and play the best I can the last two weeks, but then hopefully I will be able to go to Orlando.”

(On if his knee injury factors into his decision to attend the Pro Bowl)

“It may. It depends. With a bruise you just have to rest and not do anything for it to get better. It is a bone bruise. It still hurts now, but the trainers have told me after the season to rest for like a week and a half or two weeks and it will be good.”

(On if the Pro Bowl voting went as expected in his opinion)

“I wish a couple more guys could have made it. Maybe they will in the coming weeks. I know some guys get added and people drop off. I don’t know logistics of how it goes, but I hope there are still some opportunities out there.”

Jalen Ramsey selected to Pro Bowl

Third-year All-Pro CB Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars has been selected as a starter for the 2019 Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season, the NFL announced today.

“I would like to thank the fans, my teammates, my coaches and all my opponents that voted for me to the 2019 Pro Bowl, but most importantly, I’d like to thank God for everything he has done for me and my family,” said Ramsey on Tuesday. “I had a great experience in Orlando last year getting to know so many of the top players in our league and I’m excited to have that opportunity once again. While the Pro Bowl may seem like an individual honor, it’s a credit to everyone on our defense, and I hope to see some of my brothers added to the Pro Bowl roster in the coming weeks. Thank you, all.”

Entering Week 16, Ramsey has totaled 57 tackles (54 solo), 11 passes defensed and three INTs. Since being drafted fifth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Florida State, he has appeared in all 46 games and has totaled 185 tackles (161 solo), 42 passes defensed, nine INTs and one forced fumble. Ramsey’s 10 career games with multiple passes defensed are the most through three seasons in franchise history, while his 42 career passes defensed are the most by a player 24-or-younger in team annals.

In Week 11 versus Pittsburgh earlier this season, Ramsey became the youngest player in Jaguars history to post multiple INTs in single game, and joined former CBDavon House as the only players in franchise history to register at least eight tackles and multiple INTs in a single game. Ramsey joins A.J. Bouye (2017) and Rashean Mathis (2006) as the only CBs to be selected to the Pro Bowl in franchise history.

Since Owner Shad Khan acquired the Jaguars in 2012, the team has had eight players named to the Pro Bowl, including LB Paul Posluszny in 2013, WR Allen Robinson in 2015, CB A.J. Bouye in 2017, DE Calais Campbell in 2017, DT Malik Jackson in 2017, DE Yannick Ngakoue in 2017, LB Telvin Smith in 2017 and Ramsey in 2017 and 2018.

Doug Marrone has coached 13 players to 19 Pro Bowl selections during his 13 years as an offensive line coach (only offensive linemen), offensive coordinator (only offensive players) or head coach (all players).

Players for the Pro Bowl are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995. The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will feature the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format.

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football — from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

Jags’ Jalen Ramsey explains why he belongs in the Pro Bowl

After losing to the Patriots in the AFC title game last season, corner Jalen Ramsey and the Jacksonville Jaguars expected to do big things in 2018, but after starting the season 3-1, the team went on an seven-game losing streak, and now at this point, the Jaguars are 4-9 and playing for pride.

In the offseason, Ramsey did an interview with GQ Magazine where he gave an honest, but critical assessment of many players around the league. At that point, all eyes were on Ramsey, and he started slow, but he has played better later in the season. Ramsey, who was a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2017, had four picks and 17 pass defenses last season, while in 2018, Ramsey has three picks and 10 pass defenses with three games left to play.

With all that being said, Ramsey believes he belongs in the Pro Bowl.

“Some people get it confused because we are losing right now on the team, but if you look at what I do out here, I’m still performing at a high level,” Ramsey said. “I’m still having productive games, doing well, doing my job for the team. You look at me against No. 1 receivers this year; they have had their lowest totals. Tyreek [Hill] – 40 yards. Everybody wants to talk about the one catch, but 40 yards. D-Hop [DeAndre Hopkins], three receptions, 50 yards. He had one long catch, but he had a touchdown as well. Odell [Beckham Jr.], he probably had the best game out of No. 1 wide receivers against me this year. He did really well. I couldn’t really play fully my game that game. Who else? T.Y. Hilton, he didn’t have his best game against me. Look at other weeks – he is putting up 100 [yards]. Three weeks before playing us, what did he do? He put up 200 the week after I want to say. A.B [Antonio Brown], I did my thing that game. He still got off, he still had his, but I wasn’t covering him right then. I’m not trying to just say what I’m doing, but I just feel like people forget sometimes. People are talented. There are other talented corners out here. My peers are definitely a talented group, but you look at me and you look at them, there is nothing they can really do.”

The Jaguars record will work against Ramsey, which is common for players who are on bad teams. When it all said and done, Ramsey’s numbers will be close to what he had last season. Therefore, a case can be made for Ramsey to the Pro Bowl, but in the end, playing on a bad team might just hold him back.

Ramsey on trade rumors: ‘I’m trying to live in the moment and thank God every day’

On Sunday morning,  a report surfaced that the Jacksonville Jaguars were looking to trade star corner Jalen Ramsey, which the Jaguars denied via a statement a few hours later:

Ramsey would respond, on the field, by intercepting Ben Roethlisberger two times, but the Jaguars would blow a 16-point lead and lose to the Steelers 20-16.

Earlier this week, Ramsey sent out an interesting tweet that had some believing that Ramsey wanted out of Jacksonville, but on Thursday, the third-year corner stated that he wanted to stay with the Jaguars.

After the Sunday’s game, Ramsey responded to the trade rumors:

(On his reaction to the trade rumor):

“I didn’t use it as motivation. It is what it is. I don’t control that. All I control is what I put out there on the field When the offseason comes, we’ll have some conversations to have. It could be whatever. Get a contract extension or something. Something’s going to happen. We’re going to wait until that time comes. I’m trying to live in the moment and thank God every day.”

(On if anybody talked to him about the rumor):

“Coach Marrone came and hollered at me for a second, a quick second. I was really trying to focus on the game, I wasn’t really trying to hear too much of it. It’s cool, showing their support.”

According to ESPN, Ramsey has next season and a fifth-year option remaining on his contract with the Jaguars, who will either have to make him the highest-paid cornerback in the game or make the decision to move on from him.

As we saw on Sunday, Ramsey, 24, is an elite corner, and elite corners are not always available. At 3-7, the Jaguars have a lot of other issues. Ramsey might be the least of their problems moving forward.

Jalen Ramsey: ‘I want to play for one team my whole career’

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey talked and talked all summer long. No player, no subject was off limits. The moment he decided to make those comments, was the moment he became a villain. Here’s the thing about talking, you have to make sure you can back it up, and at this point, Ramsey and the Jaguars have not done that.

At 3-6, and on a five-game losing streak, the Jaguars have to win most if not all of their remaining seven games to get to the playoffs, and that starts on Sunday at home against the Steelers.

Earlier this week, Ramsey sent out an interesting tweet about his future in Jacksonville. In case you missed it, here you go:

On Thursday, Ramsey discussed his future in Jacksonville:

“I have said multiple times over and over and over and over and over and over and over, over and over again, I want to play for one team my whole career,” Ramsey said. “I don’t control that, but it is what it is.

“As far as I’m concerned … I will say two things about that. No. 1, I have one more year in my rookie year contract. They have the option to pick up my fifth-year option next year. That would take it to two years left on the contract. Or if they wanted, they can extend me. If it’s right, we will get that done. Then, I will be here for a number of years. If not, I have the fifth-year option they could pick up and then they could franchise me. I could be here for a while. I don’t know how they are feeling in the front office, but they could let go of me, they could trade me.

“Another thing – I play Madden all the time. I’m not that good at Madden. But I play Madden all the time. I play with the Jags. I play with myself. I don’t trade myself. I don’t make any trades on the team. I play with the Jags. I lose a couple times, but I bounce back. I always bounce back. I play corner, I play punt returner on there, too. I get a little punt returner in there. But, yeah, I play with the Jags. I don’t trade myself.”

There you have it, Ramsey wants to stay in Jacksonville. Hopefully, during the offseason, Ramsey will learn his lesson and watch what he says because it can and will be used against him.

Jags’ Marrone reacts to Jalen Ramsey’s tweet

The Jacksonville Jaguars season is close to being over at this point after losing to the Colts 29-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. With the loss, Jacksonville has lost five straight, and at 3-6, the Jaguars are in last place in the AFC South.

On Monday, corner Jalen Ramsey had an interesting tweet.

Take a look:

Does Ramsey want out of Jacksonville, who knows, but this is a very interesting tweet.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone responded to Ramsay’s tweet at his media session:

“I was just made aware of it from [Director of Public Relations] Tad [Dickman],” Marrone said. “I think that is one of the things that I spoke to the team about prior to not knowing… People are going to come after you and rightfully so. I don’t sit here and expect soft questions or ‘woe is me.’ I don’t. I think that if you are sitting there and you don’t feel like you’re going to be attacked … We’re all going to be attacked because we’re all part of what the performance has been on Sunday. Rather than focusing on the attacks, let’s focus on what we can do. And when I say attacks, I don’t mean it in like this is bad. This is what happens in a performance business. You have to be able to handle it and put your focus on, ‘What are we going to do as a team to change it?’ The only way to change it is to win football games. We’re not doing that right now. We’ve done it week after week after week. Are there some good things? Are we getting closer? Yes. But I’m going to talk about more of that we aren’t playing to our ability. That is it at the end of the day. I’m not coaching or we’re not coaching to our ability. All of it. We are a part of it, too. I think that when you’re … Maybe for me because I have been through this before, you know what to expect. Even though you try to explain it to the players, it was probably too late when I got there today. I think it [the tweet] came out earlier and I didn’t know that. You have to do that. You have to handle it because when you have success and everyone is telling you all these good things, it’s easy. It’s great. At the end of the day, all of a sudden when you don’t live up to those expectations or play to them … I’m not talking about [individuals]. I’m talking about as a team. I’m not talking about individuals. When you don’t, people are going to come. People are pissed. There are people that support this team that expected great things from this team and we are not performing at that level. At the end of the day, if you’re not strong enough to understand that, that’s not going to help the team get on the right track.”

Ramsey put a bullseye on his back this summer when he did that interview for GQ magazine. In that article, Ramsey ripped a lot of NFL players. Therefore, you knew the pressure was on Ramsey in 2018. Hey, if you talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk, and right now, Ramsey and the Jaguars are not doing that.

Ramsey on Jags: ‘We know the talent we have in here’

Coming off an appearance in the AFC title game last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars had a lot of hope coming into 2018. After starting the season 3-1, things were looking good. Then, the Jaguars lost four straight, and now they are tied with the Colts, who they play this Sunday, for last place in the AFC South.

Jacksonville’s vaunted defense was expected to carry this team in 2018, and armed with a new contract, QB Blake Bortles was supposed to take that next step. However, the Jags have struggled on both sides of the ball. With 8 games left, Jacksonville has the talent to turn their season around, so says star corner, Jalen Ramsey.

“We know the talent we have in here,” Ramsey said on Thursday. “We have faith that we can get it done. We just have to go out there and do it.”

Not only is Ramsey confident, but the 2017 All-Pro feels that there is a lot of optimism around the team.

“I think the mood is cool, very optimistic about these next eight [games] we have coming up,” Ramsey said.

At this point, Jacksonville is two and a half games behind Houston in the AFC South and two games behind the final wild-card spot. The Jaguars have their work cut out for them, but with the return of RB Leonard Fournette, maybe they can turn things around in the final 8 games of the season. Let’s see what happens!