Jalen Ramsey’s QB scouting report: Josh Allen ‘is trash’


Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Myles Jack (44), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) and defensive back Tyler Patmon (23) celebrate Ramsey's interception of Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Jalen Ramsey just dished out a whole lot of bulletin board material to quarterbacks across the NFL — especially for Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen.

In an interview with GQ, published Wednesday, the outspoken Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback gave a scouting report of the peers he’s trained to pick off on a weekly basis.

And, in typical Ramsey fashion, the All-Pro trash talker didn’t hold back.

“I think [Buffalo Bills draft pick Josh] Allen is trash,” Ramsey told GQ. “I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me.”

The Bills selected Allen with the No. 7 overall pick back in April. The Wyoming product impressed scouts with his big arm and raw athletic talent, but whether or not he’s ready to lead the Bills back to the playoffs is still very much up in the air.

“We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell,” Ramsey said (The Jaguars visit the Bills on Nov. 25). “I hope he’s their starting quarterback.”

Allen was asked about Ramsey’s comments during training camp later Wednesday morning.

“I don’t care, it doesn’t bother me one bit,” Allen told reporters. “I care about my teammates, what my teammates think of me.”

Ramsey emerged as an elite cornerback last season with an All-Pro campaign, and he’s clearly in mid-season form as far as his trash talking goes. The 23-year-old, who manages to get under opponents’ skin every time he’s on the field — just ask Bengals receiver A.J. Green — is currently serving a one-week suspension for profanities and a threat aimed at media members following a scuffle among teammates.

Ramsey’s scouting report in Wednesday’s GQ interview went far beyond Allen, and not everyone was criticized as harshly as the rookie. For example, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady do not, in fact, suck, according to Ramsey. Nor does Titans’ Marcus Mariota — a “great quarterback,” he said — or Browns’ Tyrod Taylor, who “does not make mistakes.”

Ramsey had plenty of praise for several young gunslingers, including MVPs-to-be Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz, and gave many others a ringing endorsement of… “good.”

Here are a few other notable scouting assessments from Ramsey’s burn book interview that will likely be making the rounds in locker rooms as pre-season rolls on:

On Joe Flacco: “Flacco sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks.”

(Note: The Jaguars and Ravens don’t play this season, so no grudge match here.)

On Eli Manning: “It’s not really Eli. I think it’s Odell [Beckham, Jr.]. I won’t say Eli’s good, I’ll say Odell’s good.”

Circle the date: Jaguars at Giants, Sept. 9

On Ben Roethlisberger: “Big Ben, I think he’s decent at best… It’s not Big Ben, it’s [Antonio Brown]. Big Ben slings the ball a lot of the time. He just slings it, and his receivers go get it. He has a strong arm, but he ain’t all that. I played him twice last year, and he really disappointed me. He’ll be in the Hall of Fame and all that.”

Circle the date: Steelers at Jaguars, Nov. 18

On Andrew Luck: “I don’t really think he’s that good. Him and T.Y. [Hilton] had a connection in the past that made him stand out a little bit more, but I don’t think he’s good.”

Circle the date: Jaguars at Colts, Nov. 11

On… Ryan Tannehill…?: “Who’s the Miami quarterback?”

Circle the date: Jaguars at Dolphins, Dec. 23

On Matt Ryan: “I think Matt Ryan’s overrated. You can’t tell me you win MVP two years ago, and then last year, you a complete bust, and you still got Julio Jones? There’s no way that should ever happen. I don’t care.”

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