It seems the hype over Jalen Ramsey's disparaging comments about a number of opposing quarterbacks is finally dying down. For what it's worth, Ramsey's criticism didn't seem to bother Ben Roethlisberger at all.
Here's what Ramsey had to say about 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."
Speaking about Ramsey's comments for the first time Tuesday, Big Ben shrugged off the defensive back's criticism, saying Ramsey is a "fantastic football player" and everyone is "entitled to their opinion."
"The awesome thing about this country we live in, everyone's entitled to their opinion," Roethlisberger said. "I think he's a fantastic football player and I think we play them at some point and they got the best of us last year. So, I guess he has the right to say whatever he wants."
Ben Roethlisberger calls Jalen Ramsey a "fantastic player" who "has the right to say whatever he wants." pic.twitter.com/ImpqMNkniX— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 21, 2018
As Roethlisberger noted, the Jaguars pulled out a 45-42 win over the Steelers in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs in January. The two teams also met in Pittsburgh in early October, and Jacksonville crushed the Steelers, 30-9. In that game, Big Ben threw five interceptions, including one to Ramsey.
Last season, Roethlisberger, 36, completed 64.2 percent of his pass attempts, amassing 4,251 yards in addition to 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.