JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Rob Gronkowski is a wild blocker, a nightmare to cope with and has the soft hands of a wide receiver. He is probably the best end of NFL history.
None of this means anything to Jalen Ramsey.
"I'm not afraid of anyone, period," said the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third year Cornerback on Thursday afternoon. "So he's going to have to come out there and hire me, or whatever it is, he has to play us this year."
Ramsey Vs. Gronkowski will be the New England Patriots tent meeting at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday. The Jaguars do not say how they want to deal with the 6-foot-6, 268-pound Gronkowski, but the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Ramsey will get his share of snapshots against him.
Jaguars Run Back Leonard Fournette said his injured right hamstring is better and he believes his chances of playing New England on Sunday are improving.
Prior to the AFC Championship Game return leg on Sunday in Jacksonville, Rob Gronkowski announced on Wednesday that he was drawing some motivation from Jaguar's Cornerback Jalen Ramsey's critical remarks about him.
Just because the Patriots are not often involved in Trash Talk does not mean they will not notice, so the Gronk-Jalen Ramsey matchup will be interesting.
The two were voted for a few snapshots in the January AFC Championship Game, and Ramsey and the Jaguars Gronkowski held only a hook for 21 yards before Gronkowski hit the game in the first half after a concussion on a helmet helmet hit by Barry Church ,
Throw Ramsey's comment on ESPN's The Magazine this off-season that Gronkowski is not as big as people think he is, and things take it to a different level.
Remembering these comments on Thursday – and saying that Jaguar's defensive coordinator Todd Wash said anyone who thinks Gronkowski is overrated is crazy – Ramsey just shrugged.
"Could be crazy," Ramsey said. "I do not care."
"He's good, he's good now, we're not going to twist it, he's good, but, are you telling me that, should that scare me or something?"
Ramsey is expected to unleash a lot of trash talk on Gronkowski on Sunday, which is his normal routine. He's even like some of the players he likes and respects, like Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown.
It's uncomfortable in the field, and that's the only way he wants it. That goes for everyone. Even his grandmother.
"When you play the football game, I feel like I respect the game, you have to play it hard," Ramsey said. "I do not think I have any friends in the field, I mean, my brother, my dad, my mom, grandma was out there, it's on, we can be cool after the game, it does not matter, that's how you feel as if you had to respect the football game.
"Football is not a game meant to be played nicely with each other, like Kumbaya, but when the game is over, it's cool."
Does that mean he would kill his own grandmother?
"I would definitely," Ramsey said. Grandma, do you know that I love you, but she knows that. Would she beat me back? Grandma could not get up from one of my licks. "
So Gronkowski should expect grandma treatment on Sunday – if Ramsey turns to him.
"I'll go out there and do whatever the coach wants me to do," Ramsey said. If it does happen, it will not, I'm very confident in all my teammates on the defensive side of the ball, and whoever goes against him I'm very confident they'll do it. " hold it down and I will do my job and I will hold it down where I am. "