Jacksonville Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey likes to push buttons. And this year it seems like he just can’t stop himself from saying what’s on his mind. Even if it pisses people off.
Of course, this isn’t the first spree of Ramsey-related episodes we’ve had. He famously called Steve Smith an “old man” and then trash talked the Bengals’ AJ Green, calling him a punk and “soft” so frequently during a game that it boiled over into an actual fight on the field.
The latest? Ramsey told an ESPN reporter he’s so confident in his athleticism that he could “crack an NHL roster” within six months if he trained. Well, needless to say, those professional hockey players didn’t take too kindly to this remark, considering it an insult to the sport. I mean, the guy can’t even skate. The responses?
St. Louis Blues player Vladimir Tarasenko responded, “I can bet any money in the world and there’s no chance he can play in the NHL in six months. It’s impossible. Him saying that … it de-classes our sport.”
According to the Red Wines Dylan Larkin, “He’s said he’s never skated before, so there’s no chance.”
After learning that Ramsey has no experience on skates, The Toronto Maple Leafs’ John Tavares said, “Well, I’d tell him good luck, then.”
“I think I’d be about 1,000 percent times better at his position in six months than he’ll be at mine,” San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane said.
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Last month, Ramsey was suspended for a week after making quite the scene after he ranted at the media for filming a fight between his teammates at practice. And then Ramsey verbally abused the reporters on social media after they – surprise – posted the video anyway.
And he keeps talking trash about quarterbacks too. No one is safe from his honest opinion. Ramsey claimed that the Falcon’s Matt Ryan was “overrated” and the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger was “decent at best.” He doesn’t think the Colts’ Andrew Luck is good and he thinks that Joe Flacco, well, “He sucks.” What about Eli Manning, then? He says, “It’s not really Eli. I think it’s Odell. I won’t say Eli’s good. I’ll say Odell’s good. And their connection is good.”
But Josh Allen, the new rookie Bills quarterback and seventh overall draft pick, really doesn’t rank highly in Ramsey’s mind. Ramsey told GQ, “I think 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… 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.”
Wow. Tell us how you really feel.
But what about his own quarterback, Blake Bortles, who draws a lot of trash talk from all corners of the earth as it is? Ramsey says, “Blake do what he gotta do.” Ramsey actually thinks Bortles should have been allowed to throw more in that AFC Championship game – he believes that decision by the coaches cost them a trip to the Super Bowl.
For a full list of Ramsey’s QB commentary, ESPN has made this nifty little chart.
But hey, people love the NFL and people still love Jalen Ramsey. Remember those pissed off hockey players? One of them says he could get onboard with having a personality like that in his own league. According to Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, “It’s good for the NFL, for someone to go out and talk like that. It brings a lot of attention. If it happened in hockey, it would make the sport a little more popular, too, and we’d take it.”
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So what does Ramsey say about all this talk? It works for him. It’s strategic. It makes him better. In that same GQ interview, he explains, “I’m me unapologetically. And it’s strategic at the same time. That’s what we need. The culture in Jacksonville needs to change a little bit. We need to have that young juice, that fire, that we don’t care what other people think, we go and get it… Okay, what talking shit does for me: It gets me in my game more. And it makes me—honestly—focus more. Because if you talking, you gotta back it up.“
I mean, give him a break. He’s only 23. And he can back it up.
Read GQ’s full article with Ramsey here.