In the same year that he became widely recognized as the NFL’s best cornerback, Jalen Ramsey is apparently gunning for another title as the game’s preeminent trash-talker.
Last season, Ramsey’s second as a professional, he was voted first team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl starter after racking up 63 tackles, four interceptions and 17 pass breakups. Ramsey and A.J. Bouye formed the league’s top cornerback tandem (Bouye was also a Pro Bowl starter), helping the Jacksonville Jaguars win the AFC South and advance to the AFC Championship game.
Ramsey was then voted No. 17 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 player ranking for 2018, a list ordered according to the opinions of NFL players. Ramsey was the highest-ranking defensive back on the list, and only five other defenders — DE/LB Khalil Mack, DE Calais Campbell, LB Luke Kuechly, LB Von Miller and DT Aaron Donald — finished higher.
Then, for a cornerback that doesn’t often get targeted, Ramsey did his best to make himself a target going into the 2018 season.
In August, Ramsey was featured in a GQ article in which he — who is so good at baiting quarterbacks — took a writer’s bait and went on a run of either throwing shade at or outright insulting about half of the league’s starters.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (“decent at best”), Giants QB Eli Manning (“I won’t say Eli’s good”), Ravens QB Joe Flacco (“sucks”), Falcons QB Matt Ryan (“overrated”), Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (“OK”), Colts QB Andrew Luck (“I don’t really think he’s that good”), Rams QB Jared Goff (“average”), Bills rookie QB Josh Allen (“trash”) were among those who got it from Ramsey. The first three QB’s on that list, by the way, have won Super Bowls. Ryan has been league MVP.
Of course, Ramsey has a history of backing up his talk. That’s why he’s the best corner in the league and the best defensive back in the league.