Jalen Ramsey drops more hints about the plan for covering Gronkowski

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On Thursday, Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson joked that he’ll be covering tight end Rob Gronkowski. While we know that won’t happen, we still don’t know who actually will be handling the most dangerous weapon on the New England offense.

Defensive coordinator Todd Wash provided a clue on Thursday, when he explained that the Jaguars won’t be changing their defensive scheme when it comes to covering Gronkowski. This suggests that, when he lines up as a tight end, they’ll cover him as a tight end and that, when he lines up as a receiver, they’ll cover him as a receiver.

In comments to the media on Friday, cornerback Jalen Ramsey dropped further hints about the possible inside/outside plan for covering Gronk.

“I’m a corner so I stay on the outside and do my thing, just do my part,” Ramsey told reporters. “Whatever my role is on the defense.”

If he’s staying on the outside, it means he won’t be moving to the inside. Unless, of course, he’s not being completely honest about the situation.

If the plan is to have Ramsey handle Gronk when he strays away from the tackle box, Ramsey provided this observation on Gronkowski: “He hasn’t played a corner like me before.”

So is the advantage that Ramsey would have come from size, length, what? “Everything,” Ramsey said.

The second-year corner has been willing to say anything and everything as it relates to pretty much anything. And it’s great to see a young player who is willing to speak his mind — as long as it doesn’t compromise the team’s greater goals.

26 responses to “Jalen Ramsey drops more hints about the plan for covering Gronkowski

  1. “He hasn’t played a corner like me before.”

    Um, being confident is great. But Gronk has faced similar (and better) corners before. And beat them.

  2. Don’t even know why people are speculating that, I can’t remember if I read it in a comment or heard it from a sports pundit, but it’s known that the Jaguars aren’t going to change their scheme as they don’t need to. For some defensive teams, having the number 1 trail the top offensive threat is kind of a weakness, especially for teams that don’t do that, because they have to react differently (even if it works).

    Jaguars have legit studs so they don’t have to move anybody and they won’t. Telvin Smith is 220, Myles Jack is 225. They’re not small guys.

  3. Why do these young players open their mouthes, just shut up and let your play do the talking. All you can do is contain Gronk, you will never stop him.
    BB will have another unknown player catch 12 balls for 2 TDs because all the Jags are doing is worrying about Gronk. Thanks where coaching would come in handy. BB would never allow one of his players to run his mouth off like that. I want the Jags to win but if they don’t start focusing on the game and not the media it won’t even be a game!!

  4. jalen ramsey should shut his fat flappy gums already. he is getting a head the size of well jupiter. can it will you, your giving away gameplan info dummy.

  5. “Um, being confident is great. But Gronk has faced similar (and better) corners before. And beat them.”

    Eric Berry has absolutely blanketed Gronk on multiple occassions, Ramsey is similar in height & weight as Berry, and physicality. Their whole DB core is. So as long as they show up they can shut him down.

  6. Ramsay is a fantastic corner, but he hasn’t seen a weapon like Gronk before. Regardless, Smith and Jack will be on Gronk primarily anyway…all this talk is good for ratings tho i guess?!

  7. The pass rush is going to be the key to it, anyway. All Ramsey has to do is cover his man and let the front seven do the rest. They haven’t been calling them “Sacksonville” for nuthin’.

  8. The Jaguars have the luxury of possessing the personnel to make life difficult for Brady and the boys without having to run a complex scheme. They can literally man up everyone except for Gronk and take him out of the picture, something no other teams can usually do. It’s going to be fun afternoon of chess.

  9. Jaguars have legit studs so they don’t have to move anybody and they won’t. Telvin Smith is 220, Myles Jack is 225. They’re not small guys.
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    I hate to break it to you but 220/225 is tiny for NFL linebackers, tiny! There are plenty going 250 and up. Yes they exist because of their speed but they will get worn down by much bigger NE players leaning on them all game.

  10. Wait until they line up in a one receiver set again and again and get 10 yards at a whack from the backs and Dola, then Gronk gashes them for 25 on a seam. Pats 27, Jags 10

  11. Ky Li says:
    January 19, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    Gronk has faced better corners? When???

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    Revis, Sherman… just to name 2

    Can’t say this enough, this Defense is being so blown out of proportion. The were 10-6 with the weakest strength of schedule in the league. Swept be the Titans, blow out by the 49ers… were was this historic defense in those 6 games?

  12. The Patriots have faced many teams that don’t bother to come up with individual game plans tailored specifically to each opponent and simply insist on ‘doing what we do’. The Patriots usually do pretty well in those games.

  13. Gonna be REAL funny when the Pats are punting and turning it over. It’s gonna happen. A 40 year old QB can’t fool an athletic fast D. Pats will play it real close to the vest and hope Jags and Bortles hands the game to them by making more mistakes.

  14. Ky Li says:
    January 19, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    Gronk has faced better corners? When???

    How long have you been watching football? And since when is Ramsey the best corner to have ever played the game while Gronk was on the field? Let’s not get carried away here.

  15. If Jalen tries any funny business, Gronk will throw him out of the club. Just ask Sergio Brown.

  16. He sure does to talk a lot. I wonder if he’ll ever learn to keep his trap shut. Probably not.

  17. absolutevisuals says:
    January 19, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Eric Berry has absolutely blanketed Gronk on multiple occassions, Ramsey is similar in height & weight as Berry, and physicality. Their whole DB core is. So as long as they show up they can shut him down.
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    Yeah, but Ramsey aint Eric Berry. Bortles is similar in height, weight and arm strength to Brady too if your using that argument.

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