Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has established himself as the NFL's biggest trash talker, throwing around verbal jabs at numerous stars over the last several weeks.
Ramsey was featured in an article by ESPN's Mina Kimes, and the 24-year-old directed some of his trash talk towards New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NFL today.
"I don't think Gronk's good. Let me say -- I don't think Gronk is as great as people think he is," Ramsey said."Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he's had a very bad game -- and that corner has had a very good game."
Though Gronkowski hasn't been afraid to talk some trash when people throw jabs his way, the Pro Bowl tight end decided not to give in to Ramsey's comments.
"If that's how he feels, that's how he feels...Just talking trash all week, I mean, it's really not my focus. It's really not this team's focus," Gronkowski via NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman. "Being here throughout the nine years, being under coach Belichick's wing throughout the years, learning from him, learning from the other veteran players here, we really don't get into talks like that."
Gronkowski makes a point here. Head coach Bill Belichick is known for running a tight ship, warning his players to not engage in trash talk. Former Patriots star wide receiver Wes Welker did that against New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan before a 2010 playoff game, and Belichick responded by benching his star player for the first drive of the game.
Ramsey's Jaguars held Gronkowski to one catch in the 2017 AFC Championship Game, before the tight end was knocked out of the contest after a hit to the head. Ramsey did have a point when he said the Jaguars were able to shut down Gronk, but can they do it for a full game this week?
Some of the top Patriot performers from that game - Dion Lewis, Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks - are no longer with the team. That could mean more targets for Gronkowski when the two teams meet again in Jacksonville this Sunday.