Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How One Play Shows Ramsey's Potential

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How One Play Shows Ramsey's Potential

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

LONDON - Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey went to the ground three times on one play.

Normally, that would be a bad sign.

In this case, it demonstrated Ramsey's star potential.

The Jaguars drafted Ramsey with the fifth-overall pick for Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium - more precisely to counter the Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck.

Sure, Tennessee might have a franchise quarterback in second-year veteran Marcus Mariota and Houston might have signed one in free agency in Brock Osweiler.

However, Luck remains the measuring stick in the AFC South.

Luck missed both games against the Jaguars last season with injuries, but he'll be ready Sunday. He won his last five starts against the Jaguars. In his six games against them, Luck has accounted for 12 touchdowns with three interceptions.

Ramsey showed why the Jaguars might finally have an answer for him in a 19-17 loss to Baltimore last week.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Ramsey displayed his speed, instincts, length and physicality all in one fourth-quarter play.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw a pass into the seam intended for tight end Dennis Pitta. Ramsey broke off his man and dove outstretched in the air to get a hand on the ball. The pass deflected to free safety Tashaun Gipson who intercepted it at the Jaguars' 30-yard line.

Ramsey wasn't done. He quickly got to his feet and started looking for Ravens to block. He drilled center Jeremy Zuttah on the sideline, burst back to his feet and threw his body into Pitta. Gipson gained 30 yards on the return.

The only problem with the play for Ramsey was that it didn't lead to a victory as the offense blew multiple chances. The Jaguars come to Wembley with a 0-3 record.

"I couldn't quite get to it, so I tipped it," Ramsey said. "I was glad Tashaun was able to get it. I was happy to set up the opportunity for him. I still wish I could find the opportunity to change the game for us and turn things around. I'll continue to do my job and hopefully we'll see good things happen."

Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash liked what he saw of Ramsey on the play. …

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