Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is quickly becoming football’s version of that smack-talking fighter you just can’t wait to see get beat down. And we’re not talking playful Muhammad Ali name-calling, we’re talking highly personal, Conor McGregor-style mudslinging.
That’s what Ramsey was up to in a recent ESPN The Magazine interview. Call it part two of the vitriol he unloaded on half of the quarterbacks in the NFL earlier month when he said Joe Flacco “sucks,”called Josh Allen “trash,” and Matt Ryan overrated. In that GQ interview, Ramsey avoided criticizing any New England Patriots players, but this second pass was a different story.
“I don’t think Gronk’s good,” Ramsey told ESPN’s Mina Kimes about Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is widely believed to be the most dominant pass catcher in the NFL right now. “I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is. Any time Gronk has been matched up on a corner, he’s had a very bad game and that corner has had a very good game.”
Former New England wide receiver Danny Amendola, who just signed with Miami, was also in Ramsey’s crosshairs.
“He just got a brand-new contract and he is terrible,” Ramsey said of Amendola. “People think he’s so great. No, he’s not. Tom [Brady] made him look good. Tom could take me as a receiver and I’d be a first-team All-Pro.”
If Ramsey hasn’t yet become the NFL’s public enemy number one, he’s certainly put himself on the fast track.