Jalen Ramsey: I feel like I probably had the best year of my career thus far

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When the Rams traded for cornerback Jalen Ramsey, they wanted to set up one of the league’s best units with Ramsey starring in the secondary and defensive tackle Aaron Donald leading the defensive front.

That came to fruition in 2020 under coordinator Brandon Staley, as Los Angeles finished No. 1 in yards allowed and points allowed — results that helped Staley become the head coach of the cross-town Chargers.

Ramsey finished the year with an interception and nine passes defensed in 15 games, making the most of the few opportunities when quarterbacks passed to a receiver he was covering. Ramsey was named a first-team All-Pro for the second time and also earned his fourth Pro Bowl berth.

“The year didn’t end how we wanted it to as a team, but there are some positives to take away from it,” Ramsey said, via Stu Jackson of the team’s website. “Personally, for me, I feel like I had probably my best year in my NFL career thus far. I feel like I put out the best body of work out that I’ve ever put out.”

The Rams signed Ramsey to a five-year, $105 million extension at the start of the regular season. It’s a hefty price tag, but so far Ramsey has shown he’s worth it.

14 responses to “Jalen Ramsey: I feel like I probably had the best year of my career thus far

  1. He’s a top 10 corner not top 5. Hate how he always pointing fingers at his teammates whenever somebody catches a ball on his mark. The great ones shake it off, not blame others. Anyways good for him and his contract.

  2. The way he started screaming at his teammate last week, was ridiculous. Davante Adams completely burned him on a reverse motion route, and Ramsey went ballistic on someone who had nothing to do with it. Simmer down.

  3. Plenty of people don’t like him, that’s fine.

    But he didn’t give up much this season. That’s just a fact.

  4. He seemed to avoid getting called for defensive interferecne when it was obvious he had interferred. One example was against Gallup of the Cowboys when he had his armed locked around Gallup. It appears the refs were giving him the calls based on his reputation or salary.

  5. “1 int and 9 deflected passed 105 million. Huh?’

    Fewest passing yards and passing TDs allowed in the NFL. Rams no 1 ranked defense for the first time since the 1970s.

    Ah, that’s it.

  6. Over the offseason he’s going to learn how to tackle instead of waiting for the safety to show up.

  7. call me when the Rams actually win a Superbowl…they gave up too much for him.

  8. When he plays football like 2017, rather than acting like a diva, sky is the limit.

  9. As a Rams fan Ill remake the trade we did five times out of five!!!!! Look at the results. Our defense was the only reason we were in the playoffs! Now about Jarod Goff’s contract…………

  10. “It’s a hefty price tag, but so far Ramsey has shown he’s worth it.”

    But it’s not worth it. That’s not a knock on Ramsey, but the Rams are playing the same losing game this season that teams like the Vikings have been playing under Mike Zimmer. Defense no longer wins championships in the modern NFL.

    Look at what the #1 defense got the Rams. A Wild Card win followed by a prompt loss to a team built on offense. Offense wins championships. A great offense paired with a decent defense is the formula that wins championships. Spending $20 million a season on a cornerback is an absurd waste of cap space that could be spent on more offensive weapons and linemen.

    I’ll be clear here, I don’t like this. I don’t like how rule changes have crippled defenses in the NFL. My enjoyment of the modern NFL is a fraction of my enjoyment of the league 20 years ago. But you play the hand you’re dealt and in the current NFL, resources should be poured into offenses and not on high priced defensive players that don’t rush the passer.

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