Jaguars Jalen Ramsey Ready for Matchup With OBJ


Jalen Ramsey went back to work on Tuesday with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After missing the first four days of training camp because of the birth of his daughter, Jalen Ramsey participated in his first practice for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.

Forget about not changing diapers – which is an agreement he and his girlfriend have when it comes to the newborn – Ramsey, an All-Pro and Pro Bowl performer, has already begun to talk up the Week 1 regular season matchup against New York Giants wide receiver, Odell Beckham, Jr.

"“Let’s get this out the way right now: He’s a good receiver,” said Ramsey when he met with the media on Tuesday after practice. “We all know that. But y’all know me at the same time. Yeah, he’s good. But I’m good, too. If y’all want to say he’s the best at his position; I’m the best at my position, so we’re going to go at it."

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"“We’re going to give the people a show the first game of the season.”"

Ramsey was out on the field shortly after reporting to the Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field, participating in practice and showing he doesn’t appear to have any rust from his time away from the team.

The Jaguars defense ranked second overall in the NFL last season, but the former first-round pick out of FSU said there is room for improvement. He and his teammates have been preaching about being better than last season and being the best defense in the NFL.

"“At the end of the day, win games. If we can win games on the defensive side of the ball. We can always ask for more – more turnovers, more touchdowns, more opportunities giving the ball back to the offense. Just more of everything.”"

Ramsey’s second season in the league was as good as anyone to ever play the cornerback position and there is plenty of Deion Sanders in his game. Now, he must show he can take the next step, something he welcomes.

"“We are going to see when the season starts [where he can be better as a player]. You all will see. You all will see. I never give myself goals – I am going to have this many interceptions, this many PBUs,” Ramsey explained.“What I can tell you – what I will do – I will make sure I prepare myself and am ready to go out there and give it my all, so I am not letting anyone down, my teammates, coaches, my family, you all, the fans.”"

The game with the Giants in Week 1 is just the start of Ramsey’s season playing against the best wide receiver of each Jaguars opponent. It is certainly something he is looking forward to.

"“He’s going to have some wins; I’m going to have some wins,” Ramsey said. “I just plan on having more wins. That’s the plan I’m going to go in there with.”"

The Jaguars had one of the best secondaries in the NFL last season. Both he and A.J. Bouye made the Pro Bowl. Safeties Tashaun Gipson and Barry Church each had four interceptions.