Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey had a lot to say about a lot of players this summer. Now, it’s time to back it all up. One of the players Ramsey criticized was Eli Manning, and last week, the Jags went into MetLife Stadium and beat the Giants 20-15. As a whole, Ramsey was solid in that game.
On Sunday, Ramsey and the Jaguars will battle the Patriots in a rematch of last season’s AFC title game. A game in which the Patriots won up in Foxboro. This time around the Patriots will have to travel to Jacksonville.
Ramsey had some interesting things to say about Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski this summer. In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Ramsey had this to say about Gronkowski:
“I don’t think Gronk’s good.” Registering my involuntary blinking, he course-corrects. “Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”
Today, Ramsey talked about Gronkowski. When asked how he feels when people say Gronk is the best ever, Ramsey had this to say:
“He’s good. He’s good, now. We aren’t going to get it twisted,” Ramsey said. “He’s good. But you saying this to me – is it supposed to bring fear to me or something? Alright then. I don’t fear no man, period. He is going to have to come out there and line up on me or however, it goes. He has to play us this year.”
When asked if he would be matched up against Gronk, Ramsey said the following:
“I’m not sure. I am going to go out there and do whatever the coaches ask me to do, to be honest. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I am very confident in all of my teammates on the defensive side of the ball. Whoever goes against him, I am very confident that they will hold it down and I will do my job and hold it down where I am at.”
Hopefully, Ramsey will get a few snaps against Gronkowski on Sunday.
Will he or won’t he return to the Patriots in 2018? That seems to be the question surrounding Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski since the end of Super Bowl 52.
At this point, Gronkowski has not completely committed to returning in 2018.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Gronk is “pretty certain” he’ll come back to Patriots as long as Tom Brady remains with the team, but the 28-year-old tight end is said to have some issues with coach Bill Belichick.
All of this concerns former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi.
Here is what Bruschi had to say on ESPN’s First Take on Monday:
ROB GRONKOWSKI of the New England Patriots has been suspended without pay for one game for a violation of unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for multiple violations of NFL rules, including Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 which prohibits “unnecessary roughness” and specifically bans both “forcibly contacting a runner when he is out of bounds,” and “running, diving into…or throwing the body against or on a player who (1) is out of the play or (2) should not have reasonably anticipated such contact by an opponent, before or after the ball is dead,” as well as Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 which prohibits “initiating unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture”. Players who are “on the ground” are both “defenseless” and protected from “forcible” hits to the “head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder.”
In his letter to Gronkowski, Runyan wrote:
“Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury. The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of ‘eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game.’ Those hits include the play you were involved in yesterday.”
Gronkowski will be eligible to return to the Patriots’ active roster on Tuesday, December 12 following the team’s December 11 Monday night game against the Miami Dolphins.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.