JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jalen Ramsey does not need to play for any crew apart from the Jacksonville Jaguars, regardless of what one of his latest posts on social media would possibly point out.
The third-year cornerback made that fairly clear on Thursday, however he additionally admitted that he does not just like the negativity from what he referred to as “pretend followers” across the franchise’s disappointing Three-6 report heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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“I’ve mentioned a number of occasions, again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again that I need to play for one crew my complete career,” Ramsey mentioned.
Ramsey has one 12 months remaining on his rookie contract, however the Jaguars are anticipated to choose up his fifth-year choice this spring. He’s additionally eligible to signal a long-term deal with the Jaguars as soon as the 2018 season is full.
Ramsey’s publish on Twitter and Instagram on Monday morning is what began hypothesis that he was sad and needed to play elsewhere. That got here the morning after he was accountable for three protection busts, together with two which resulted in touchdowns within the Jaguars’ 29-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Once I’m gone from right here, y’all gone miss me. I ain’t even trippin lol
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) November 12, 2018
Ramsey declined an interview request with ESPN on Monday however addressed his feedback on Thursday by saying they had been meant for “pretend followers” that have not caught with the crew, which arguably has been the largest disappointment within the NFL in 2018. The Jaguars went 10-6, won the AFC South, and reached the AFC Championship Recreation final season. They acquired off to a Three-1 begin this season earlier than shedding 5 consecutive video games.
“If that is what folks need to do or if that is how folks really feel, then it is sure folks, like y’all going to miss … we convey some good issues,” Ramsey mentioned. “And, yeah, we slipped up right here lately. Not executed and performed like we all know we will. However, like whoever, the pretend followers, if y’all [the media], whoever, if y’all need to leap ship, then, look, it’s what it’s.
“However y’all going to miss us once we both gone or when stuff again popping. We do not need y’all no extra.”
As for the protection busts that occurred towards the Colts, Ramsey denied that he was ignoring the defensive name or freelancing.
Coach Doug Marrone mentioned Monday that Ramsey was supposed to play zone protection as a substitute of press-man on tight finish Eric Ebron’s 53-yard landing. Ramsey additionally had tight finish Mo Alie-Cox in man protection on the 1-yard line however charged on the line of scrimmage, which resulted in Andrew Luck lofting a TD go to Alie-Cox.
Ramsey mentioned the errors occurred as a result of the calls and/or changes weren’t communicated successfully.
“Now we have calls that, relying on what the offense comes out in, I play press, I play man on my respective aspect. And if it isn’t communicated totally all the best way throughout the sphere, and that time I used to be on the alternative aspect of the sphere,” Ramsey mentioned of the 53-yard landing to Ebron. “That is what I believed I used to be in. Like I mentioned, I’ve by no means simply went on the market and was like, ‘They enjoying this so I am going to simply, like, F-it, I am going to play this.’ No. That is not the way it was.
“The decision was not communicated all through the sphere, so I stayed on my man and that is what we talked about and we argued about it and we went by means of about it on the sideline. However that is what I am saying. We have to get communication higher. It is little issues like that we simply acquired to repair up.”