Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Rates your Favorite Quarterback in GQ Interview
By Brandon Simmons
If Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey mentioned the name of your NFL team’s quarterback, you should either be proud or worried of what was said. In a GQ interview, Ramsey gave his viewpoint on a plethora of QB’s, including the Buffalo Bills’ 1st round pick, Josh Allen:
“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. He played at Wyoming. Every time they played a big school—like, they played Iowa State, which is not a big school in my opinion because I went to Florida State, and he threw five interceptions, and they lost by a couple touchdowns or something like that.✞ He never beat a big school. If you look at his games against big schools, it was always hella interceptions, hella turnovers. It’s like: Yo, if you’re this good, why couldn’t you do better? He fits that mold, he’s a big, tall quarterback. Big arm, supposedly. I don’t see it, personally.”
But Ramsey was able to go through a whole selection of signal-callers and dish out ratings to some of the biggest names under center. Quarterbacks he thought highly of: Houston Texans Deshaun Watson, New England Patriots Tom Brady, Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers, Cleveland Browns Tyrod Taylor and Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins. The quarterbacks he did not think were “good” or thought lowly of: Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck and Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco. There were some QB’s who he sort of was skeptical on, which included San Francisco 49er Jimmy Garropolo:
“I don’t know yet. Just cause when they beat us, his hype picked up. They were like, “He beat the number one defense.” It was all schemes. He didn’t beat us. It wasn’t like he diced us up. It was literally all schemes. They were doing flat routes to the wide open fullback, and he’s running for 20 yards down the field four times during the game… But if you know how to work within your scheme then it means you’re good. I guess you could say he’s good.”
In all fairness, it was probably the most honest look at current quarterbacks by a current player that fans will get. It doesn’t seem that athletes are willing to speak on their contemporaries through traditional media forms such as magazines in fear that their words can get twisted and end up as bulletin board material. The thing that really saves is that he’s able to give out props to quarterbacks he feels deserve them as much as the ones he criticized. If Ramsey would’ve stuck to the latter, headlines all over would’ve called him a “hater”, “loudmouth”, etc; but he went in with honesty overall. If he couldn’t get that then his perspective would’ve been wack.
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