Jalen Ramsey doesn’t fear anybody. And if you don’t believe us, he’ll tell you that to your face. But you’re probably thinking: Okay, well why are you telling us this?
Because on Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the New England Patriots in an AFC Championship Game rematch. That means Ramsey gets to go head-to-head with a player he doesn’t think is “as great as people think he is.” Of course, we’re talking about Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
“I don’t fear no man, period,” Ramsey said via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco Thursday afternoon. “So he’s going to have to come out there and line up on me. Or however it goes. He’s got to play us this year.”
And what about his assertions that Gronk is overrated? Is Ramsey taking some kind of crazy pills? He doesn’t think so. And if he does, it doesn’t really matter to him.
“Might be crazy, I don’t care,” he adds.
And here we are.
For what it’s worth, if Gronk is an overrated tight end then we’re all watching the wrong game. Over his first eight seasons, he’s racked up five Pro Bowl nods, four All-Pro nods and two Super Bowl rings. Per 16 games, he’s averaging 74 receptions, 1,126 yards and 12 touchdowns. So, yeah, that’s pretty good.
Regardless, it’s not going to stop Ramsey from talking. That’s just the game he plays.
“When you play the game of football, I feel like, to respect the game, you have to play it fierce,” he adds. “I don’t believe in having friends on the field. I mean, my brother, my dad, my mom, grandma was out there, it’s on. After the game we can be cool. It doesn’t matter. That’s how I feel like you’ve got to respect the game of football. … Football is not a game meant to be played being nice to each other and all that, like Kumbaya. But after the game’s over with, that’s cool.”
He even says he’d knock out his own grandmother on the field. And, that she’d understand why. So yeah, we’re going to call it a day right there. The Jaguars take on the Patriots this weekend. Leonard Fournette might be available or he might not. In either case, Ramsey is going to be doing a whole lot of talking.
But can the Jaguars get the better of New England this time?