Jalen Ramsey was finally released from the grips of an unhappy marriage and has entered a new relationship with the Los Angeles Rams for the price of two first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-round pick in 2021.
The All Pro corner and the Jags cited irreconcilable differences, and these differences played out very publicly from the very beginning of the season.
The 24-year-old will now try to help the 3-3 Rams return to Super Bowl form, which will be particularly difficult in the coming years considering how the organization has set themselves up for the future.
In the wake of the trade, let’s revisit the comments Ramsey made prior to the 2018 season about Jared Goff in the highly-publicized GQ article.
“Jared Goff, he’s average to above average. He reminds me of Jimmy Garoppolo a little bit. Year one, he wasn’t good. He wasn’t even good enough to earn his own starting role. Like, if you the number one pick, you expected to start now. Period. He wasn’t ready to do that. He wasn’t able to do that.
Then when he did get in, he didn’t really do that good. But in his second year, they got a new offensive coordinator. Your offensive coordinator is just your brainiac. When we played them, it felt like his offensive coordinator was drawing up perfect plays and then he was hitting the open man. For what his team ask him to do, yeah, he’s good.”
Ramsey’s 2018 assessment of quarterbacks around the league are far from scripture. Let’s see how these comments aged.
Marcus Mariota: “I think Marcus Mariota is a great quarterback for their team.”
Mariota is being benched for Ryan Tannehill.
Kirk Cousins: “I think he’s good. I think he’s a winner. He’s a hell of a competitor. Coming off the play action, he’s the best quarterback in the league. Play action passing, he’s a hell of a quarterback.”
Cousins is just now overcoming his phobia of throwing the ball more than 6.5 yards per pass.
Derek Carr: “Derek Carr, I think he’s good.”
Carr has also earned a QB rating, per ESPN, of 50.6, which ranks 17th in the league.
Baker Mayfield: “So if they want that type of quarterback — confident, get out the pocket, throw on the run, big plays, charisma — then yeah, I understand Baker going number one.”
Baker Mayfield’s 11 interceptions through 6 games are the most by a Browns QB through 6 games since Paul McDonald threw 12 back in 1984.
Matt Ryan: “I think Matt Ryan’s overrated. You can’t tell me you win MVP two years ago, and then last year, you a complete bust, and you still got Julio Jones? There’s no way that should ever happen. I don’t care.”
Ryan leads the NFL in completions and ranks second in yards passing.
Jalen Ramsey: excellent cornerback, sub-par talent evaluator.