What a Rams debut for Jalen Ramsey! The Jacksonville Jaguars traded disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams. This was prior to their week 7 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. This brought an end to a standoff that began during the offseason.
In his first game with the Rams, Ramsey showed why he is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league. This was by helping the Rams snap their three-game losing streak. Ramsey has yet to lose a game with the Rams.
“To be able to come in on such short notice. Also, with such short practice time and to be able to play the way that he did, it was a big boost to our team for sure,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.
Ramsey, who finished the game with four tackles and a forced fumble, was tasked with defending Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones. JJ finished with six catches on nine targets for 93 yards.
“I feel like I played OK,” said Ramsey, who practiced twice with the Rams before Sunday’s game. “I got to get in my groove a little bit more, it’s just maybe one, maybe two plays that I wanted to have back or play a little bit different, but I thought it was good.”
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While he was covering Jones, Ramsey gave up receptions of 13, 17 and 39 yards. The Rams defense held the Falcons to 38 rushing yards. Also, 224 total yards en route to holding the Falcons to a season-low 10 points.
“Honestly, the defense was a little dumbed down for me. Just because I only had a couple days to prepare,” Ramsey said. “I really appreciate the guys kind of going with the game plan because it probably wasn’t — I’m not going to say it wasn’t the best for them, because they went out there and they strapped, too — but just kind of appreciate everybody’s help these couple days I’ve been here, these few days I’ve been here.”
If the Rams defense continues to play like it did on Sunday, they will be tough to beat when Ramsey finally picks up the entire playbook. Can Ramsey repeat his Rams debut performance?
“I want to get in a groove, knowing my safeties a little bit better, knowing the guys I’m out there with a little bit better,” Ramsey said.
“This game I really trusted in them a lot, the way I play certain techniques, but I want to get in a groove a little bit more with how I do things with this Rams debut secondary.”