Gronk on Ramsey's comments: Talking trash 'not my focus'

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

Jalen Ramsey has approached trash talking - both dishing it out and receiving it - with open arms for most of his football career.

Naturally, the fiery Jaguars star and his outspoken teammates have been a point of discussion as the Patriots prepare to travel to Jacksonville in Week 2, and Gronk has fielded endless questions about how he'll handle everything come game time - especially considering Ramsey may be assigned to cover him while the Patriots lack a true No. 1 wide receiver.

Ramsey's critical commentary hasn't been limited to Gronkowski.

It's all added extra fuel to the budding rivalry as New England prepares to visit Jacksonville on Sunday.

"That's some good percentages, still", Gronkowski said Wednesday.

"Based on all of the observations I've made on these guys over time, based on conversations I've had, understanding the landscape from the team's side and the player's side, my suspicion is if Tom Brady gets to the end of his contract and decides to keep playing, it's going to be a much more amicable split than we expect". I don't fear no man.

"I think Tom [Brady] has been of the mind where 'you know what, I didn't love the way it went over the last 18 months, why do I want to re-sign right now?" "I won't be surprised if it was the whole game". He had told reporters prior to the game he has an advantage over Gronkowski in "everything", saying, "Gronk hasn't played a corner like me before". He hands off the ball, he's 10 yards back, so it's not like he can really get after it. Do you think they're going to want to extend him after 2019? No. "Very passionate. So I won't ever try to contain somebody and not let him be himself".

Before last season's AFC Championship game, Brady and Ramsey exchanged words during pregame warmups.

Ramsey said recently that he thinks the biggest reason for the Jaguars losing that game was that they became too conservative.

In a now-infamous GQ interview before the season, Ramsey blasted several highly regarded National Football League pivots, but mentioned Brady on his short list of signal-callers that don't "suck".

"There's always motivation you're looking for", Gronkowski said.

"I never want to suck, so I don't want to be in that category", the quarterback said with a smirk. "So, he's a great young player".

"He's a great player", Brady said. "I've got to just do my job out on the field, just worry about that". If Ramsey were to diss Gronkowski on the field Sunday, Gronkowski said he wouldn't respond.

But Marrone was also quick to offer praise for both Gronkowski and Brady, whom he said were possibly the best to play the game at their positions.

Asked if he preferred to go against cornerbacks or linebackers, which was a big part of Ramsey's criticism, Gronk had some fun with the inquiry.

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