By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey hasn’t been in the NFL very long, but he’s already made himself a household name on the field.
Now the third-year corner is building his brand off the field as well.
In an interview with GQ Ramsey gave his take on a two dozen NFL quarterbacks, causing a bit of a buzz around the league.
So how does Ramsey’s analysis stack up? Here’s a look at each comment the All-Pro cornerback made about various signal callers.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, “He’s trash.” It’s tough to make an assessment on a guy who has yet to take a snap, but Ramsey’s comments regarding Allen’s numbers in college carry some truth. The stats aren’t through the roof, but in Allen’s defense, he didn’t have a great team around him at Wyoming and his draft prospects were largely based on potential and upside, which has yet to be seen.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars, “We should have trusted him more.” Ramsey blames a complacent offensive scheme as to why the Jags blew a lead to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. However, Bortles’ first three years in the league might be an indication to any hesitancy shown by the Jacksonville playcalling and the Jags also gave up some big plays on defense that allowed New England back in the game.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots, “Doesn’t suck.” Accurate.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, “Really good.” Probably an understatement. Brees is a future Hall of Famer and the only quarterback to throw for more than five thousand yards in a season more than once. He’s done it five times.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings, “He’s a winner.” Debatable. Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill, who Ramsey claim aren’t good quarterbacks both have a better career win percentage as NFL starters.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens, “He sucks.” His performance has been subpar since winning a Super Bowl, but Flacco lived up to his first round selection by making the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. He’s also tenth all time in playoff wins by a starting quarterback. Six of the men in front of him are in the Hall of Fame. The other three are Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles, “Good enough to win Super Bowl.” Ramsey made it sound as if Foles was just plugged in and was a glorified game manager. Game managers don’t throw for over 350 yards and three touchdowns against the defending champs in the Super Bowl.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Fransisco 49ers, “I guess he’s good.” The sample size isn’t great, but Garoppolo did what was asked of him last year. The comments are likely fueled by Ramsey’s distaste that Garoppolo and company beat the Jags on Christmas Eve.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens, “He’s gonna do a good job.” Naturally if he thinks Flacco “sucks” then he’ll like Lamar Jackson, but like Allen, there’s no way to tell and it’s likely we’ll be waiting longer to see Jackson than most of the rookie quarterbacks this year.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, “Don’t think he’s good.” Luck was easily a top ten quarterback before his shoulder injury kept him off the field for all of 2017. His career began with three consecutive 11-win seasons without an elite defense or offensive line. Whether he returns to form this season is another story.
Eli Manning, New York Giants, “Odell [Beckham Jr.] makes him.” He’s a turnover machine and the touchdown-to-interception ratio over his career is poor, but Manning has fared better in the postseason. It’s just a matter of getting him there. To say that OBJ makes him is a stretch. It’s hard to argue two Super Bowl MVPs without Beckham Jr., which Manning has.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans, “Good game manager…great for their team.” Mariota could be really good now that Mike Mularkey is gone, but turnovers and injuries have been an issue for the fourth-year quarterback. Anytime a quarterback throws more interceptions than touchdowns improvements need to be made the following year.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, “He’s OK.” The numbers aren’t crazy, but still respectable through two seasons. With the Cowboys missing the playoffs last season it could be argued that Ezekiel Elliot makes Prescott better.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, “Decent at best.” This is probably Ramsey’s worst take. It sounds salty calling a quarterback decent after he throws for 469 yards and five touchdowns against your defense in January.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, “Doesn’t suck.” See Ramsey’s take on Tom Brady.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons, “Overrated.” Ramsey gives credit to Kyle Shanahan for Ryan’s MVP season in 2016. However, by the time Shanahan arrived in Atlanta Ryan was already a three-time Pro Bowler. The drop-off he suffered last year is noteworthy, but Shanahan is not the only indicator for Matt Ryan’s success. It should be noted Ramsey had to ask the interviewer “what’s the Atlanta quarterback’s name?.”
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, “He’s straight.” Um, sure.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins, “Haven’t heard good things.” Not sure what Ramsey’s heard, but Tannehill’s play on the field has been more bad than good. There’s nothing eye-popping about his numbers and he’s turnover prone and coming back from an ACL injury this year.
Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns, “Underrated.” He’s not wrong. During Taylor’s three seasons as a starter in Buffalo the Bills weren’t world-beaters, but they weren’t a laughing stock either. Taylor had a respectable completion percentage and never threw more than six picks in any of those three seasons.
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans, “Will be an MVP.” He very well could be. He looked like a future MVP early last season, but he needs to sustain that level of play for an entire season and is coming back from a season-ending injury.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles, “Will be an MVP.” He likely would’ve been had he not been injured last season. If he stays healthy Wentz will be an NFL starter for years to come.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, “Good.” The argument could be made that Wilson was the lone bright spot for Seattle last season, the first of which the Seahawks failed to make the playoffs since Wilson’s been in the league. He’s a really efficient quarterback that protects the football. Probably a little better than just good.
So maybe Ramsey still has some work to do if he hopes to be an analyst after his playing career is over. Based on his first two years in the league that won’t be anytime soon though.