Ram­sey stands by his trash-talk­ing at ex­pense of Bills QB

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - SPORTS SUNDAY - By John Reid

JACK­SONVILLE — It has been three months since Jaguars cor­ner­back Jalen Ram­sey is­sued his harsh eval­u­a­tions on sev­eral NFL quar­ter­backs dur­ing a in­ter­view in GQ mag­a­zine be­fore the sea­son be­gan.

De­spite head­ing into Week 12 with the Jaguars (3-7) on a dis­as­trous sixgame los­ing streak, he still stands by his com­ments.

And ear­lier this week Ram­sey didn’t back off from what he said in Au­gust when he called Buf­falo rookie quar­ter­back Josh Allen “trash.”

“Ev­ery­body who knows me knows why I was so hard on him,” Ram­sey said. “If you don’t know me, that’s on you. But if y’all look deep into it, you will be able to fig­ure out why I was so harsh.”

Allen is ex­pected to make his re­turn on Sun­day against the Jaguars af­ter miss­ing the past four games with a sprained right el­bow.

Allen has been bet­ter than “trash” but has ex­pe­ri­enced his share of set­backs like most rookie quar­ter­backs.

Allen, the sev­enth over­all pick in the draft from Wyoming, has com­pleted 54 per­cent of his passes for 832 yards, two touch­downs and five in­ter­cep­tions.

The Bills (3-7) rank last in pass­ing, av­er­ag­ing 159.8 yards per game.

“Hon­estly, I don’t re­mem­ber what he said, but I could care less,” Allen told Bills re­porters this week in re­sponse to Ram­sey’s com­ments. “It’s more what my team­mates feel about me and how I’m pro­gress­ing.”

Ram­sey said in the GQ mag­a­zine in­ter­view: “I think Buf­falo Bills draft pick Josh Allen is trash. I don’t care what no­body say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m ex­cited as hell. I hope he’s their start­ing quar­ter­back.”

It will be the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week Ram­sey will be fac­ing a quar­ter­back that he eval­u­ated neg­a­tively.

Last week against Pitts­burgh, Ram­sey had one of his best games since join­ing the Jaguars as the fifth over­all pick in 2016 with two in­ter­cep­tions and a game-high eight tack­les.

Steel­ers quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger, how­ever, got the last laugh with a 20-16 vic­tory af­ter scor­ing the game-clinch­ing touch­down on a 1-yard keeper with 8 sec­onds re­main­ing. Roeth­lis­berger helped the Steel­ers over­come a 16-0 deficit with three touch­down drives af­ter half­time.

Two of the other passers that Ram­sey com­mented on re­main ahead for the Jaguars, in­clud­ing the Dol­phins’ Ryan Tan­nehill and the Colts’ An­drew Luck.

“An­drew Luck — I don’t re­ally think he’s that good,” Ram­sey said. “He and T.Y. Hil­ton had a con­nec­tion in the past that made him stand out a lit­tle bit more, but I don’t think he’s good.”

In their first meet­ing this sea­son, how­ever, Luck threw three touch­down passes in the first half and led the Colts to a 29-26 vic­tory against the Jaguars. Twice Ram­sey was caught play­ing the wrong cov­er­age that led to two touch­down passes by Luck.

Af­ter sit­ting out 19 months be­cause of shoul­der surgery, in 10 games Lucks has com­pleted 67.3 per­cent of his passes for 2,769 yards with 29 touch­downs with nine in­ter­cep­tions. Af­ter go­ing 4-12 last sea­son with­out Luck, the Colts re­main in play­off con­tention with a 5-5 record af­ter win­ning four straight.

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