Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey Says He Won't Rip Opposing QBs: 'It's a Different Me'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2019

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 23: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Jalen Ramsey's days of ripping opposing quarterbacks have come to an end.

The Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback appeared on The Adam Schefter Podcast and said he's grown past putting quarterbacks around the league on blast:

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Jalen Ramsey says he won’t critique opposing QBs like he did last summer: “I’m growing, man. It’s year four for me. It’s a different me." (via @AdamSchefter) https://t.co/Q1xjpZWlpf

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Last August, Jalen Ramsey did an interview with @GQMagazine and trashed a number of NFL QBs. When asked on the @AdamSchefter podcast to breakdown QBs he’ll face this year, Ramsey had this mature answer: https://t.co/0HUBHXd4En

Last offseason, Ramsey had something to say about quite a few quarterbacks around the league during an interview with Clay Skipper of GQ.

He called Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen "trash" before Allen had so much as played an NFL game.

"I don't care what nobody say. He's trash," Ramsey said. "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 said Joe Flacco "sucks." In talking about Eli Manning, he said, "I won't say Eli's good, I'll say [Odell Beckham Jr.'s] good." Ben Roethlisberger was "decent at best... It's not Big Ben, it's [Antonio Brown]."

Andrew Luck? "I don't really think he's that good." Matt Ryan? "Overrated."

Ramsey was actually highly complimentary of a number of quarterbacks in that article, but it was his critiques that made headlines. And then the Jaguars followed up a trip to the AFC Championship Game in the 2017 season with a disappointing and dysfunctional 5-11 season last year, arguably the biggest letdown in the NFL given the team's Super Bowl aspirations.

The 24-year-old Ramsey—who had been one of the most dominant cornerbacks in his first three seasons—took a step back, too. He registered 62 tackles and three interceptions, though his grade of 72.8 from Pro Football Focus was just 28th amongst cornerbacks.

As PFF's Mike Renner wrote, "[Ramsey] had fewer picks (3), pass breakups (9), allowed more yards (749), allowed a higher completion percentage (54.6) and allowed a higher passer rating (73.8)" than he did in 2017.

It's hard to imagine Ramsey lost his swagger. He remains an excellent cornerback. But the disappointing 2018 season may have been a bit humbling for him and his teammates, and Ramsey may let his play do a bit more of the talking this year. At the very least, don't expect to hear him taking shots at quarterbacks around the league any longer.