Jalen Ramsey has become a prime example of what is needed to change the course for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey is in the midst of a stellar season, and had a breakout game on Sunday against the Houston Texans. The first-year defensive back was matched against Houston Texans number one receiver, and one of the top wideouts in the league, DeAndre Hopkins for the majority of the game.
On eleven targets, Ramsey allowed just five receptions. He also had five passes defensed, and recorded his first career interception, to go along with a forced fumble and a huge tackle in the open field of Hopkins short of the marker on a third down attempt in the second half.
Jalen Ramsey is proving every bit that he is well on his way to being an elite defender in the league for years to come.
But while his playmaking ability cannot and should not be understated, it’s his effort and hatred for losing that may be an even bigger key for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the midst of a vital culture change.
Currently sitting at 2-12, and without a winning season since 2007, a losing environment has become accustomed in Jacksonville.
With fans understandably frustrated with a streak of losing seasons, and unsure with how much some players are affected by it, Jalen Ramsey is a welcomed sight.
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A culture of coming up short is unfamiliar territory for Ramsey, and something he refuses to settle for.
He plays every play like he is a part of a team in the middle of a playoff push, not one currently in a nine game losing streak. His passion has been on full display multiply times this season, as he has been visibly upset after losses.
With a new coach set to come in and try to change the tide after the firing of Gus Bradley, the team needs to take a page from the young star.
Jalen Ramsey is playing lights out, all the while showing the pride and effort needed to make a significant change for a brighter future for Jacksonville.