New England prevailed, though for three quarters Jacksonville played well enough to win.
"I don't think Gronk's good", Ramsey told ESPN.com's Mina Kimes in a story that was published late last month. Registering my involuntary blinking, he course-corrects. He said didn't think the All-Pro tight end was "good", then clarified by saying he didn't "think Gronk is as great as people think he is".
That reporter informed Ramsey that Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Walsh said that anyone who believes Gronkowski is overrated would qualify as being insane.
The corner elaborated: "Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he's had a very bad game - and that corner has had a very good game".
So does Ramsey think actually he'll line up across from Gronkowski?
Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone said that any conversations he's had with Ramsey about his tendency to speak his mind would remain private.
"I don't have his number and he doesn't have mine", he said. But before the end of his chat with reporters, Ramsey was asked if he expects to line up against Gronkowski on Sunday.
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"That's some good percentages still".
"I mean, it is what it is", Marrone said.
"I feel like that talking right there, going out preparing and showing what we can do Sunday is louder than just talking trash all week. It's a big game this Sunday", Gronkowski said. During the AFC Championship Game, Gronkowski was limited to 21 receiving yards before leaving the game in a helmet-to-helmet collision.
"I'm not sure", Ramsey said. "My mindset is to prepare as if I'm playing", he said. "I don't believe in having friends on the field". "It motivates you to hear that". "So I never want to be in that category". I love literally everything about the game, so I have no regrets.
Will Jalen Ramsey receive the same treatment?
"There can always be talking going back and forth, tempers getting heated up and everything", Gronkowski said. "I've got to just do my job out on the field, just worry about that". "We've just got to go out there and play". "You just got to keep your cool, and I don't see any benefit to getting a 15-yard penalty out on the field because you lose your cool". That's not one of my goals. I would say it's not a team goal at all. "But, you've got protect yourself, you've got to protect your teammates and you've got to stand up for yourself when it comes to that time".
The Jaguars cornerback possesses an exceedingly rare blend of extraordinary talent, grit and emotion - tinged with enough competitive jealousy and youthful self-awareness to make his outlandishness likable, even when he's trying to sell us on the idea that Rob Gronkowski is overrated.