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JACKSONVILLE Authentic Mark Walton Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey was unusually quiet Thursday, three days before one of the most anticipated matchups of his NFL career.
He was humble. He was focused. He was more of a team player than a look-at-me guy.
He seemed somewhat out of character. But the Jaguars probably liked it after weeks of unrest surrounding their star defensive back.
Ramsey screamed profanities at media members during training camp, got suspended for a week and then created a stir by calling out several quarterbacks in one interview and blasted a few more players in another .
With the season opener against the New York Giants and receiver standout Odell Beckham Jr. looming, Ramsey clammed up.
“Looking forward to it,” said Ramsey, who was added to the injury report because of ankle soreness. “Looking forward to beginning the whole season with the whole team. A lot of people are going to try to make it about me and (Beckham) specifically. That’s not what it’s about. Football is a team game. There’s going to be 11 guys out there for us, 11 guys out there for them. We’re going to have to come together and do what we’ve got to do to try to get a win.”
It wasn’t what anyone expected from the outspoken Ramsey.
Beckham insisted Wednesday that Ramsey won’t get under his skin and there won’t be a repeat of his fight with cornerback Josh Norman in 2016. The three-time All-Pro said he won’t take Ramsey’s bait.
Asked whether that’s easier said than done, Ramsey declined to offer much.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Again, it’s not about me. It’s about the team.”
Ramsey downplayed his ability to talk trash, even though he got into a public spat with now-retired NFL receiver Steve Smith in 2016 and upset Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green so much that Green grabbed Ramsey around the neck and slammed him to the ground last year.
“My play is what really gets people talking, to be honest with you, and that’s just extra on top,” Ramsey said. “I’m going to be me. I don’t think that’s something that we need to continue to talk about week in and week in. I’m going to me.”
Ramsey did acknowledge that he’s fine with playing the role of villain.
“What people who don’t know me think about me doesn’t affect me http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-blake-bortles-jersey , how I live my life, how I go about being who I am,” said Ramsey, who became a father for the first time in late July. “I’m not going to change because somebody doesn’t like me. There’s a bunch or more people in the world.”
Many of them will tune in Sunday to watch Ramsey line up across from Beckham, who signed a $95 million extension that made him the highest-paid receiver in the league.
“I think anytime you get two guys like that, that are as big of stars as they are, everybody wants to watch it,” Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles said. “We’ll get our corrections made (on the sideline) and make sure everything’s set offensively for the next series and peek up there as much as possible to see what’s going on with them. I know they’ll both be ready and fired up. It’ll be fun to watch.”
Ramsey surely will have a different demeanor once the game starts. And if he shuts down Beckham, he probably will be even more boisterous.
After all, this is the same guy who made it clear two weeks ago that he was “unapologetic” about anything he said about other NFL players. He also opened camp talking about facing Beckham in the opener.
“Let’s get this out the way right now,” Ramsey said in late July after reporting to camp a few days late . “He is a good receiver. We all know that. But you all know me at the same time. Yeah, he’s good. But I’m good, too. If you want to say he’s the best at his position, I’m the best at my position Patrick Roy Jersey , so we are going to go at it. We are going to give the people a show the first game of the season.
“He is going to have some wins. I am going to have some wins. I just plan on having more wins. That is the plan I am going to go in there with. … That is what you all asked for as fans of the game, as (fans of) the NFL, everybody. That is what you all asked for. We are going to give it to you, for sure. I know I am.”
A look at the NBA playoff picture, with four days remaining in the regular season:
The bracket was unchanged Saturday.
Milwaukee beat New York, improving to 43-37 on the season – tying Miami for the sixth-best record. But the Heat remain holders of the No. 6 seed, since they have the tiebreaker over the currently seventh-seeded Bucks.
Toronto now has the second-best record in the NBA. The Raptors are now a half-game ahead of Golden State.
The race is wild now: Six teams playing for five playoff spots, all to be decided over the next four days, and with all of those teams on either 45 or 46 wins.
There were no clinchers on Saturday, and – just like in the East – the potential first-round bracket was unchanged. San Antonio and Utah both could have wrapped up their postseason berths, but didn’t get the help they needed from other teams. The Spurs pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Portland, and Oklahoma City snapped Houston’s 20-game home winning streak.
The Thunder, Pelicans and Spurs can all win their way into the postseason on Monday. Oklahoma City visits Miami, New Orleans visits the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio hosts Sacramento.
Meanwhile Matthew Stafford Jersey White , for the first time in seven years, the Clippers are not heading to the playoffs.
Doc Rivers’ team was eliminated, the final blow being a 134-115 loss to the Denver Nuggets. This will be the 13th time in franchise history the Clippers finish with a winning record, and in each of those years but one – until now – that’s been good enough for a postseason berth.
Denver, right now, is the odd team out. The Nuggets are ninth, but play their last two games against Portland and Minnesota, so they can still win their way into the postseason.
– Dallas at Philadelphia: If the 76ers win, they move closer to securing the No. 3 seed in the East.
– Indiana at Charlotte: Pacers would be assured of the No. 5 spot in the East with a loss; a win keeps their slim hopes of moving up alive.
– Atlanta at Boston: Celtics will be No. 2 in the East, so there’s really nothing to play for in this one.
– Orlando at Toronto: The East’s No. 1 seed, Toronto still has a shot at the NBA’s second-best record.
– Utah at L.A. Lakers: Jazz can clinch a playoff spot, and Quin Snyder has to be a coach of the year candidate.
– Golden State at Phoenix: The Warriors aren’t at their best, but a loss to the tanktastic Suns would be really bad.
– Detroit at Memphis has no playoff implication.
First-round matchups if the season ended Saturday …
East: 1-Toronto vs. 8-Washington, 2-Boston vs. 7-Milwaukee Jets Game Jerseys , 3-Philadelphia vs. 6-Miami, 4-Cleveland vs. 5-Indiana.
West: 1-Houston vs. 8-Minnesota, 2-Golden State vs. 7-Oklahoma City, 3-Portland vs. 6-San Antonio, 4-Utah vs. 5-New Orleans.
NOTE OF THE DAY
A year ago, only one Western Conference playoff spot was decided in the final seven days. This year, five will be decided in the final four days.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
”I just believe in protecting the league.” – Doc Rivers, after the Clippers were eliminated, on why he expects to play his regulars against playoff-contending New Orleans on Monday.
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