Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey responds to criticism from Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore
Jalen Ramsey says Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore’s criticism is ‘‘lame, corny,’’ adding ‘‘but it’s him, though.’’
In an interview Wednesday, Gilmore took a shot at the Jaguars defensive back by saying ‘‘a lot of people can talk, but you've got to back it up, which he does. Sometimes.’’
Speaking to 98.5 The Sports Hub, Gilmore added: ‘‘That’s not my style, but I find a lot of guys that talk are mostly zone guys so they have a lot of energy to do that.’’
Ramsey fired back Thursday, saying, ‘‘We know that’s furthest from the truth.’’
‘‘I’m going to continue to do what this team asks me to do,’’ Ramsey said. ‘‘Man or zone. Maybe he should try it. I was All-Pro.’’
Ramsey usually plays press coverage and regularly follows the opponent’s best receiver all over the field.
He shadowed Giants star Odell Beckham in the opener and did the same last week against Chiefs speedster Tyreek Hill. Beckham caught 11 passes for 111 yards against Jacksonville. Hill had four receptions for 61 yards, including a 36-yarder over Ramsey.
‘‘I’ve never understood why somebody on the same side of the ball would hate on another guy,’’ said Ramsey, who made headlines in the preseason for ripping many NFL quarterbacks. ‘‘Usually we’re going against the opponent. Maybe I’m a threat or something. I really don’t know . . . It was weird to me. It’s lame, corny, but it’s him, though.’’
Ramsey has 17 tackles and one pass breakup this season.
‘‘If the team is happy with my production out there, whether I’m playing man or zone, I’m good with it,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m a zone guy. I’m a man guy. I’m going to do what the team asks me and I’m going to do it at a high level. It’s cool. We know that’s furthest from the truth, though. I play a good mix of both, but I think everybody knows I’m playing man majority of the time.’’
Hicks avoids fine
Defensive end Akiem Hicks takes pride in being a leader for the Bears’ defense.
So an ejection against the Buccaneers on Sept. 30 for making contact with an official caused Hicks to reflect, and avoiding suspension left him feeling fortunate.
Hicks was fined $33,425, and will be available to play Sunday against the Dolphins.
‘‘This was the first time I’ve been ejected from a game in my entire life, so for me it was very humbling,’’ Hicks said. ‘‘The next time I’m in that situation it will give me a chance to react better.’’
Hicks pushed down judge Mike Carr. The official was attempting to break up a dispute between Buccaneers guard Ali Marpet and Hicks after Bears safety Eddie Jackson intercepted a pass.
Following the ejection, Hicks went to the sideline and threw his jersey and shoulder pads into the stands and went to an empty locker room.
‘‘There’s no feeling like going into the locker room at halftime, or just before halftime, by yourself,’’ Hicks said. ‘‘So it was definitely a relief to not be suspended, but also it was a time for reflection for myself.’’