In just two years in the NFL, Jalen Ramsey has amassed an impressive resume of accomplishments. Aside from recording 52 tackles, four interceptions, and deflecting 17 more balls in his second season with the Jags, Ramsey was named a Pro Bowl starter and First Team All Pro, all while garnering attention as both one of the league’s best dressed and one of its most outspoken players, on the field and off.
Going into year three, Ramsey’s widely considered the league’s best defensive back, too. And while you’re at it, you might as well add most media savvy to that ballooning list of superlatives.
In a nicely written profile in this month’s GQ Magazine, Ramsey provided a season’s worth of bulletin board material for opposing teams, unloading on virtually every quarterback the team stands to face this year. Let’s have a taste of our talented CB’s gift for gab, shall we?
“I think [Buffalo Bills draft pick Josh] Allen is trash. I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell. I hope he’s their starting quarterback. He played at Wyoming. Every time they played a big school—like, they played Iowa State, which is not a big school in my opinion because I went to Florida State, and he threw five interceptions, and they lost by a couple touchdowns or something like that.✞ He never beat a big school. If you look at his games against big schools, it was always hella interceptions, hella turnovers. It’s like: Yo, if you’re this good, why couldn’t you do better? He fits that mold, he’s a big, tall quarterback. Big arm, supposedly. I don’t see it, personally.”
Sure, Josh Allen hasn’t played a snap in NFL. And by pillorying him, Ramsey’s not straying too far from reservations many NFL pundits expressed about the Wyoming QB leading up to the draft. But Ramsey went on to prove himself an unrelenting, equal opportunity trash-talker, burying vets like two time Superbowl champ Eli Manning and former NFL MVP Matt Ryan. Let’s taste some more!
On LA Rams QB, Jared Goff: “…he’s average to above average.”
On Manning: “It’s not really Eli. I think it’s Odell [Beckham, Jr.]. I won’t say Eli’s good, I’ll say Odell’s good. And their connection is good.”
On Matt Ryan: “I think Matt Ryan’s overrated. You can’t tell me you win MVP two years ago, and then last year, you a complete bust, and you still got Julio Jones? There’s no way that should ever happen. I don’t care. You know what that tells me? That tells me [Offensive Coordinator Kyle] Shanahan left, went to San Francisco, got Garoppolo, made Garoppolo this big thing. And now Garoppolo is a big name—and now [Matt Ryan] has this bad year? Alright, well, was it really you, or was it your coach? He was doing what was asked of him and it was making him look really, really good.”
Sports media, meanwhile, responded in kind, producing dozens of think pieces and hours of segments on virtually every television and radio show related to sports within hours of Ramsey’s rant being published on the Internet.
After advancing all the way to AFC Championship game and narrowly missing out on a Super Bowl appearance, the Jags were already getting significantly more media coverage leading into this season then in season’s past. But with Ramsey’s ability to light the internet on fire, the team is likely to stay in the spotlight, regardless of its performance on the field. Which is great, wouldn’t you say?