Patriots to let play do the talking against Jaguars

Jalen Ramsey is developing a reputation as one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks as well as one of the league’s most outspoken players.The New England Patriots (1-0) are letting Ramsey’s chatter carom off their shoulder pads as they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game.Patriots coach Bill Belichick, not surprisingly, will discuss his admiration of Ramsey’s skill level but isn’t the least bit interested in questions regarding Ramsey’s verbal shots.”Look, we know when the game starts and we’ll be ready to go,” Belichick said on a conference call. “I’m sure they will, too. That’s when we’ll see what happens.”Ramsey recently took aim at New England tight end Rob Gronkowski in an ESPN The Magazine article, saying in part: “I don’t think Gronk’s good. Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is. Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game — and that corner has had a very good game.”Gronkowski, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, said he is drawing motivation from Ramsey’s words.”I mean, if that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels,” Gronkowski said on a conference call. “It’s a big game this Sunday, we’re playing them. I’m sure I’m going to have opportunities to go versus him. I’m sure he’s going to have opportunities to go versus me. I’m just preparing like I always prepare.”Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has a much different view of Gronkowski’s talents.”He’s probably one of the best guys, if not the best, that’s ever played the game at his position,” Marrone said on a conference call. “And we know that he’s a challenge in many different ways in what he can do. That’s how I feel and that’s how our team feels.”Tensions would be flying high in this game under any circumstance because of what happened in the AFC Championship Game in January.

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