Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey says Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — a four-time first-team All-Pro selection and two-time Super Bowl champion — isn’t all that he’s cracked up to be.
“I don’t think Gronk’s good,” Ramsey told ESPN’s Mina Kimes. “Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”
Before New England took on Jacksonville in the AFC Championship game last season, Ramsey had Jaguars’ analytics staffers fetch some statistics on Gronkowski. According to Ramsey, any time Gronkowski has been matched up with a corner, the corner has had “a very good game,” while Gronkowski has had “a very bad game.” As Kimes noted, Gronkowski’s catch rate drops from 71 percent to 56 percent when lined up in the slot as opposed to the perimeter.
Ramsey also said Gronkowski did “literally nothing” during the AFC Championship. The 23-year-old 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 may have had, like, one catch,” he told Kimes.
Against the Jaguars, Gronkowski logged one catch for 21 yards on four targets before exiting the game with a concussion late in the first half.
Ramsey’s critical commentary wasn’t limited to Gronkowski.
He also said former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is “terrible.”
“He just got a brand-new contract [two years, $12 million] and he is terrible,” Ramsey told Kimes. “People think he’s so great. No, he’s not. Tom [Brady] made him look good. Tom could take me as a receiver and I’d be a first-team All-Pro.”
The Patriots will play the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sept. 16.
Kimes said Ramsey scoffed at the idea of avenging the AFC Championship loss, as he claimed the refs were biased in favor of the Patriots.
“It was clear as day they wanted them to win,” he said.
Jacksonville held a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter, but New England came back to win, 24-20, thanks to two touchdown receptions by Amendola. When people suggest the Jaguars use the loss as motivation, Ramsey disagrees.
“Why should we use it as motivation when we were up on a team and then we — and the refs — let them get back into the game?” he said.