The Los Angeles Rams made quite a splash during the 2019 NFL season with the acquisition of cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Although Ramsey had established himself as one of the NFL’s premier shutdown cornerbacks during his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, his fallout with the team’s brass led to his eventual departure. As a result, the Rams wasted no time in parting ways with two first-round picks and a fourth-round pick to bring him to town.
Aside from his status as one of the best defensive players in the league, Ramsey is also known as one of its most notable trash-talkers. It appears this has always been the case for as long as he can remember.
Ramsey admits to being a trash-talker ever since his days competing as a kid, via Sarina Morales of the team’s official website:
“(Laughs) I don’t know. I guess when I was little, it’s been with me in my whole life. I’m super competitive.”
Ramsey adds that it can often help him kick his level of play up a notch:
“Yeah, it can. A lot of the times it’s funny. A lot of times it gets me in my zone, gets me in the right mindset. When I start catching my teammates, who don’t usually talk sh*t, start talking sh*t a little bit, then I know, “Yeah, we in a zone. They don’t usually do this. We’re on another level today.” So yeah, it’s cool to see how it goes some games.”
Ramsey’s comments should hardly come as any surprise considering how naturally he seems to let the trash-talk flow. While he is no stranger to providing notable post-game quotes, there is no question that his best work comes during the game.
Fortunately, Ramsey’s competitive edge makes him a seamless fit in the Rams’ defense alongside defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Although Donald is not known as much of a trash-talker, he is not shy about making his presence felt physically and vocally.
More importantly, both players are able to back up their talk with excellent play on the field. Ramsey managed to make an immediate impact despite all the difficulties that come with being traded midseason and his presence served as a stabilizing factor for an injury-riddled secondary in Los Angeles en route to Pro Bowl honors for the third straight year.
It is safe to assume that Ramsey will not be letting up any time soon as the team gets set to spark a potential resurgence when they open up the 2020 NFL season at SoFi Stadium.