Patriots shower Jalen Ramsey with praise after guarantee

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The Patriots aren’t much for talking. But they don’t begrudge Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey‘s guarantee that his team was going to the Super Bowl.

That’s why the reaction Ramsey got from the Patriots locker room was muted, and graceful.

“Man, that guy’s really good,” Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said, via Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston. “And he should be confident, because he’s very, very good. The good Lord made that guy, and he said, ‘Let there be corner.’ And there he is. I’d be confident if I were him, as well.”

Of course, Ramsey was firing up his own people rather than overtly taking shots at New England, but it’s clearly the kind of thing which will come up again in their offices.

But they didn’t dispute his right to talk, which he’s backed up. The second-year corner has already earned All-Pro honors, and that leads to respect from his peers.

“Hey, man, Jalen Ramsey’s a good player,” Patriots safety Duron Harmon said. “He talks a lot of trash. That’s part of his game, and you can’t take that away from him. He’s confident. He should be confident in his team. He has a really good football team. The top two AFC teams are left, and he’s a part of one of them.

“His approach to the game is different than ours, but we can’t knock him for it. We know they’re going to come ready to play, and we’ve just got to match their type of physicality and also just their emotion and their readiness to get ready to play.”

Of course, the Patriots have a longer resume as a team to brag about, which is part of the reason they’re not falling into any traps (publicly) about Ramsey’s comments.

52 responses to “Patriots shower Jalen Ramsey with praise after guarantee

  1. Privately it will be bulletin board material. Publicly the Pats will kill them with kindness in every comment they make so Jacksonville has nothing to hang their hats on.

  2. Ramsey is a stud. He will probably be assigned to Cooks Sunday, which means Brady will look at everybody else to get open. More TE and RB throws, using the guys that are open.

  3. After the miracle in Minneapolis i was running through the hall of US Bank stadium high 5’ing and hugging strangers and constantly screaming, “JAGS VS VIKINGS SUPERBOWL” only when I mentioned the jags did people show a glimmer of confusion in their faces lol

  4. The Patriots’ players are smart. They’re already looking ahead to the day that Ramsey becomes a free agent, and they’re doing their best to roll out the red carpet for him. Brady won’t play forever, so they’ll need a few more guys like Jalen Ramsey to help fill the void.

  5. Run Lewis, White and Burkhead down their throats. Problem solved. 🙂

    The Patriots unlike past seasons… have a running game that other teams need to pay attention to.

    🙂

  6. terripet says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Does slater even get on the field besides running down on kickoffs

    Unfortunately for you Colts fans he’s on the field more than Andrew Luck

  7. I’m pulling for Jax this week, but their defense better bring it as I didn’t think they were anything special this weekend. I know they are much better then what we saw.

  8. This will be the easiest Super Bowl the Patriots win. The league is so watered down, the Patriots won’t need any refs help in winning it.

  9. terripet says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Does slater even get on the field besides running down on kickoffs

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    This one has a long history of criticizing details about players while being apparently unaware that those players win most of their games and many championships. And that the very details being criticized are actually parts of how they do it.

  10. I enjoyed watching the Jags beat the Steelers twice this year. It’s not personal. It’s strictly business.

  11. joker65 says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Ramsey is a stud. He will probably be assigned to Cooks Sunday, which means Brady will look at everybody else to get open. More TE and RB throws, using the guys that are open.
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    I think you will see Ramsey on Gronkowski.

  12. “Does slater even get on the field besides running down on kickoffs”

    Lolz rarely and so what? He’s the single best special teams player in the league. Pats have won many games by advantages their STs created.

    Meanwhile having jumped ship as a Bills fan to being a Colts fan, the Bills finally get to the playoffs while your Colts are sitting again. Don’t you ever get tired of being wrong?

  13. terripet says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Does slater even get on the field besides running down on kickoffs
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    Yes he does. You may recall he called correctly on a pretty significant coin toss last year……

  14. Anyone who thinks Ramsey will cover Gronk on Sunday needs to stop thinking playing Madden makes them a coach.

    Ramsey doesn’t travel because of having AJ on the other side. So he primarily locks down his half of the field because AJ can lock down the other. This is preferred of corners because they can get accustomed to certain safeties and playing boundaries differently the same way tackles have to adjust from the right or left side and which technique to use accordingly. The Jags D is built on these two corners being able to corral your passing game from the outside in and not tipping their hands by following one player or another. Therefore there’s no chance that if Gronk lines up in the slot Ramsey will be covering him unless Jacksonville feels like installing a completely different defense this week.

    Moreover McDaniels isn’t a fool and will know that if Ramsey is covering someone one on one, that he should look elsewhere, and not LINE GRONK UP OUTSIDE to avoid this situation entirely.

    Not saying the Pats won’t have their hands full, or that it’s an automatic win for either side, but one thing I assure you is that Bill will not let one player on either side wreck his gameplan and I think it’ll be on Jacksonville’s LB and safety core to win this game, not Ramsey.

  15. The jaqs are about to shock the world…..by how much they get beaten on Sunday. Some people actually think this game is going to be close….its not lol…..

  16. marcuswelby70 says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:35 am
    joker65 says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Ramsey is a stud. He will probably be assigned to Cooks Sunday, which means Brady will look at everybody else to get open. More TE and RB throws, using the guys that are open.
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    I think you will see Ramsey on Gronkowski.

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    Cook, Gronk, whatever. And then there is Hogan, or Amendola. Unfortunately for Ramsey he can only cover one of them on a given play while Brady can decide to throw to any of them. Or to an RB, or not throw at all.

  17. .
    With all this Jalen Ramsey at the high school pep rally talk, we’ve been ignoring Patriots corner, Stephon Gilmore. Remember earlier this season when he was mocked as the worst free agent signing ever, and that he was the proof that Belichick had finally lost it? Remember when Bills fans were calling the Patriots “suckers” for signing Gilmore and saying that Tyrod Taylor was going to throw for 500 yards on Gilmore alone? Ahhh, good times (sigh).
    .

  18. For everybody trying to figure out who Jalen Ramsey will cover, thinking they can predict it — the Jags play a Cover 3 zone almost every play. He’ll have a piece of the field, not a player.

  19. Proud of the Patriots. They respect their opponents and don’t brush them aside. The most gracious team in the NFL.

  20. terripet says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:02 am
    “Does slater even get on the field besides running down on kickoffs”

    Yes since hes a captain he goes out for the coin toss, occasionaly he will get a few snaps ar WR, and he had helped out on D by playing safety a few years ago.

    Hes a team leader and an all pro special teamer probably the best in the league. Last time i checked special teams is 1/3rd of a team

  21. Nobody disrespects the Patriots and gets to smile about it. There is a reason why New England are the elite team all others look up to. Golden showers for Jalen Ramsey.

  22. terripet says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Does slater even get on the field besides running down on kickoffs

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    Yes, to answer your question, sometimes 2x Super Bowl champ and 7x Pro Bowl selection Matthew Slater gets on the field for things other than special teams.

    Don’t you have another agenda-driven, erroneous prediction to make somewhere? It’s been 10 minutes since the last one and we’re waiting…

  23. Flash1287 says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:09 am

    terripet says:
    January 16, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Does slater even get on the field besides running down on kickoffs

    Unfortunately for you Colts fans he’s on the field more than Andrew Luck

    138 2 Rate This
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    booyah!! Burn.

  24. Matthew Slater is a perennial Pro Bowl special teams player, the son of Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, a leader on the team and in the community and is a absolute gentleman. Any team would be proud to have him.

  25. “Jacksonville has nothing to hang their hats on.”

    Well, if they actually needed someone trashing them (and they don’t), they *do* have plenty of that to work with. Some of the media around Boston’s been especially good at providing motivation to shut them up.

    “Run Lewis, White and Burkhead down their throats. Problem solved.”

    Not really. People talk about the Jaguars’ run defense, using the season ranking, but those were skewed early in the season. Since trading for Marcell Dareus, the Jaguars have allowed an average of just under 99 yards a game. It’s the early games that skewed the numbers. They only allowed 67 yards on the ground on 16 rushes to Le’veon Bell, who’s one of the best in the league. The previous week, sure, the Bills had 130 yards rushing… on 32 attempts. En route to 3 points. The run defense will loosen up at times, but mainly because they’re working to defend the pass. The good thing is, they can rotate in Dareus alongside Jackson if that seems to be an issue, and Dareus isn’t bad at rushing the passer himself.

    The Jaguars should be in better position on defense for this game because the Pats like to have three WRs on the field a lot, which will put the Jags into their nickel defense, and I think having Colvin out there as an extra guy covering the pass is better than Poz being out there just being a grizzled vet who’ll wrap up tackles if someone comes close enough (useful, but not that great at defending the pass).

  26. These stories are overblown ..playoff football at this level isn’t won or lost because of emotion and “bulletin board material” ..this isn’t high school ..preparation and execution is what wins, and the Patriots obviously have that mastered

  27. “The Jaguars should be in better position on defense for this game because the Pats like to have three WRs on the field a lot”

    Not true. The Pats like 3 wideouts if the situation calls for it. The also like 2 TE sets, 2 TE and 2 RB sets, and any number of other combinations. Sometimes they use the TEs and RBs out wide or in the slot, everybody moves around as needed.

    Bottom line is if 3 wideouts is resulting in a lot of completions, they’ll go with that till it doesn’t. If the TEs are cleaning up you’ll see lots of 2 TE sets etc etc. Pats offense can morph quickly into many different modes.

  28. I feel bad for whoever the Jags CBs are that are not named Ramsay and Bouye. They in for a loooong day on Sunday.

  29. I like Jacksonville in an upset.

    1. If there’s any defense the Patriots will have the most trouble with, it’s this AFC south team.
    2. Jacksonville will have no problem scoring on the Pats.
    3. Final score: 31/17 (you saw it here first).

  30. CaJonMcChicken says:

    January 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I feel bad for whoever the Jags CBs are that are not named Ramsay and Bouye. They in for a loooong day on Sunday
    ****************************************************************
    There are only 2 CBs on the field at a time. Barring injury, it will be those two. If you’re looking for the third or fourth one, “you in for a loooong day on Sunday.”

  31. Bulletin board material is overstated. Hopefully Ramsey is right though.

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    Exactly! Oh, gosh, you don’t want to make the Patriots mad.
    If you need a bulletin board to get you hyped for THIS game, then there’s something wrong.

  32. Fattening Frogs for snakes. The Patriots way. The scoreboard will say it all Jag fans. Better get some Tide for that jersey Ramsey when Gronk trucks you.

  33. razzlejag says:
    January 16, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    CaJonMcChicken says:

    January 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I feel bad for whoever the Jags CBs are that are not named Ramsay and Bouye. They in for a loooong day on Sunday
    ****************************************************************
    There are only 2 CBs on the field at a time. Barring injury, it will be those two. If you’re looking for the third or fourth one, “you in for a loooong day on Sunday.”
    **********************************
    I think the Pats are gonna spread em out and exploit the 3rd/4th cb so unless y’all gonna keep the mismatch by keeping the LBs on the extra WRs, “you in for a loooong day on Sunday.”

  34. uglydingo says:
    January 16, 2018 at 11:10 am
    Nobody disrespects the Patriots and gets to smile about it. There is a reason why New England are the elite team all others look up to. Golden showers for Jalen Ramsey.

    ***********************************************************************

    Ding! Ding! Ding! Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you, our Internet Winner of The Day! LOLzzz…

  35. Hey who here is excited to see somebody new take on the PATS for a change. Say what you want about the NFL, but thats why people like it. It’s never the same damn teams over and over again like in other sports. Actually I think its helping baseball numbers too with different teams in the post season I’ve watched more baseball the last couple of years than probably since the braves were making WS. Basketball is a little different for some reason you don’t mind it as much, but I think that will change soon too. Nobody wants to see the same teams make it over and over again. Cudo’s to the NFL

  36. kaptingavrin says:
    January 16, 2018 at 11:36 am
    “Run Lewis, White and Burkhead down their throats. Problem solved.”
    Not really. People talk about the Jaguars’ run defense, using the season ranking, but those were skewed early in the season. Since trading for Marcell Dareus, the Jaguars have allowed an average of just under 99 yards a game. It’s the early games that skewed the numbers. They only allowed 67 yards on the ground on 16 rushes to Le’veon Bell, who’s one of the best in the league. The previous week, sure, the Bills had 130 yards rushing… on 32 attempts. En route to 3 points. The run defense will loosen up at times, but mainly because they’re working to defend the pass. The good thing is, they can rotate in Dareus alongside Jackson if that seems to be an issue, and Dareus isn’t bad at rushing the passer himself.

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    That statement was more talking up the Patriots running game than saying anything about Jax’s run defense. The Patriots have their best RB situations in years – our tandem can now beat teams on the ground and catching the ball out of the backfield. For the first time in ages, teams have to respect the Patriots ground attack. The Patriots are quietly a top 10 rushing team. They got over 100 yards against the Titans, who were a top 5 run defense in the league.

    But Jax’s run defense is below average for sure. Yardage such as in the Steelers game isn’t a great barometer for measuring run defense, most teams would take to the air down 21-0. Otherwise Bell would probably have gotten well over 100. And Volume is important too. While it is true that Jax is not giving up 250 yards a game on the ground like when the Jets did it, when teams are happy to run at you 32 times like the Bills did, or 35 times like the Niners did, that’s a sign that you’re vulnerable on the ground.

    I expect the Patriots to attack it accordingly.

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