Sean McVay: Jalen Ramsey won’t just travel around with DeAndre Hopkins

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Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will go head-to-head in one of this week’s biggest individual matchups, but they might not be in quite the one-on-one battle some would think.

Rams coach Sean McVay says Ramsey does a lot of things on defense and won’t only be covering Hopkins, even though Ramsey is the Rams’ top cornerback and Hopkins is the Cardinals’ No. 1 receiver.

“Jalen gives us some flexibility that you have the ability to play strong coverage or travel with whoever you need from the opposing team,” McVay said, via the Cardinals’ website. “But Jalen is so much more to us than just somebody that does that. He’s playing all over the field. You definitely don’t want to be so predictable that the only thing he’s doing is just traveling around with DeAndre all day. Those two have tremendous respect for one another. They’re two of the best in the world at what they do.”

Ramsey and Hopkins battled twice a year when Ramsey was in Jacksonville and Hopkins in Houston, and now the two of them are again in the same division and we’ll again see them going up against each other regularly. Even if not on every play.

7 responses to “Sean McVay: Jalen Ramsey won’t just travel around with DeAndre Hopkins

  1. Great game plan! Your best DB won’t always be covering one of the best WR in the NFL. I’m sure the Cards are looking forward to that.

  2. It’s been like that all year. Ramsey’s responsibilities allow them to show certain looks on defense, as opposed to just following Hopkins around and having to adjust to what the Cards are doing.

    That being said, Ramsey was on Metcalf for at least 70% of the plays when they played the Seahawks and I would expect equal or greater against Hopkins.

  3. Schemes are different for every team. Some of Belichick’s best defensive teams had their number 1 corner isolating on number 2 receiver on the opposite team. The number 2 corner would get a safety’s help to double team the opposing team’s number 1 receiver. It was obviously very effective. The idea that a number 1 corner goes head to head with the opposing teams number 1 receiver every game/ every play is just a lack of understanding about what really happens in a game. It makes for a compelling story though.

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