Jalen Ramsey guaranteed a Super Bowl win for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. And the Patriots responded to the Jags cornerback’s controversial comments – sort of.
Just as you’d expect from the Patriots, they showed a ton of respect to the Jaguars’ players and coaches in their first locker room and press conference availability of the week ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. And that includes Ramsey, who was named a First Team All-Pro in 2017.
The Jaguars cornerback, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, said “We’re gonna win that bitch” in reference to the Super Bowl – which essentially guaranteed a win over the Patriots. Reporters asked a few Patriots for their responses, and they gave them in reliably typical Patriots fashion.
Here’s what the Patriots’ players and coaches had to say about the Jaguars on Monday…
Matthew Slater on Jalen Ramsey comments:
“Yeah, that guy is really good, and he should be confident, because he is very, very good. The good Lord made that guy, and he said, ‘Let there be corner.’ And there he is. I’d be confident if I were him as well.”
Duron Harmon on Jalen Ramsey comments:
“Jalen Ramsey is a good player. He talks a lot of trash – that’s a part of his game. You can’t take it away from him. He’s confident. He should be confident in his team. He has a really good football team. The top two AFC teams are left and he’s a part of one of them. His approach to the game is different than ours, but we can’t knock him for it. We know they are going to come ready to play. We just have to match their type of physicality and also just their emotion and their readiness to get ready to play.”
Phillip Dorsett on the Jaguars’ cornerbacks:
“They’re physical guys. They’ve got a lot of length. They can run. They try to get their hands on you, disrupt everything that’s going on. They’ve got a great pass rush. That helps the corners a lot. This is probably the best two that we’ve played against this whole year. I played against Jalen [Ramsey] ever since from college and A.J. [Bouye] when he was in Houston and I was in Indy. It’s definitely going to be a good matchup.”
Bill Belichick on the similarities between the Jaguars defense and the Seahawks & Falcons defenses:
“I’m sure there’s some similarities in their overall concept and so forth. But, the players are different and therefore everything’s, you know, different players; even if it’s the same scheme, it’s different. We’ll have to really spend a lot of time here and study over the next couple of days of making sure that we completely understand, completely, what Jacksonville is and how they do things – if it is the same or if they have variations and differences.
“We’ll have to really dig in and find all of those things out. I’m not trying to be evasive about Jacksonville here, but we didn’t know who we were playing until last night and we’re really starting to get to work on them now. We haven’t been working on anybody except for Tennessee and I don’t think it’s really smart to base everything off of something that happened in August. A lot of water under the bridge since then. We’ll spend a lot of time here in the next couple of days of finding out as much as we can about everything that will help us.”
Deatrich Wise Jr. On if the defense feels momentum after it starts to make plays:
“I don’t like to say we feel it. I like to say we use the momentum to build to next week, but we still have to respect our opponent and do our job.”
Nate Solder on whether playing in the last six AFC Championships helps the team this week:
“I think it’s a mistake if you take anything we’ve ever done in the past and translate it to what we’re doing now. I think it’s a different story. We’re writing our own story this year, so what we’re doing is preparing to see the Jacksonville team of this year and how we’re going to beat them and be as ready as we can go to play our best football.”
Josh McDaniels on the impact of Danny Amendola in the playoffs:
“He’s one of the all-time great teammates, no question about it – very unselfish. However big or small you tell him his role’s going to be on a week-to-week basis, he embraces that. He prepares really hard. He cares about doing it right. He’s always ready to go however much you need him or are going to use him, and he’s as competitive as anybody else we have. He plays hard on every single snap and will do anything for the team to help us win. So, I don’t know that I could give a greater compliment to a player than that, and he always plays big in the big games.”
Stephon Gilmore on what he’s seen from Blake Bortles:
“He’s doing what he’s got to do to win, whatever that takes. He’s a good football player. They’ve got a lot of great talent around him. Like I said, that’s why they’re playing for the AFC Championship.”
Matt Patricia on reports that he’s headed to the Lions:
“Yeah, you know I’m really just in the same place as I was last week. I went through the process that the NFL allows us to go through and during the bye week I was able to have the opportunity to talk to a couple teams, which I did, and then quickly turned my focus to a very good Tennessee team and now I’m on to a very dangerous Jacksonville team.”