The Jacksonville Jaguars were supposed to be in contention for a Super Bowl after falling to the Patriots in the AFC Championship last winter. With seven losses so far this season, they're already out of contention for a playoff spot, and there were reports that they were entertaining offers for All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Despite the team quickly denying the reports, Ramsey admitted it got to him, and may have spurred him to the his two-interception Sunday vs. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.
"I’ve been pretty pissed off, I’m not going to lie to you," the outspoken Ramsey said after the game. "I have. I’ve been battling with my emotions, trying to hold them in. But you know I truly believe I don’t have any bad days. I have hard days sometimes."
The Steelers QB has a history with the Jags' outspoken cover man. Ramsey credited Antonio Brown for a lot of the Pittsburgh signal-caller's success, but Roethlisberger was indifferent, calling Ramsey a "fantastic player." However, it was clear after the 20-13 Steelers win, that Roethlisberger isn't immune to Ramsey's continuous junk talk.
After throwing three picks, he ran in the winning touchdown with less than 5 seconds left in the game.
He said afterwards that Ramsey's constant yammering—especially after his two picks—provided some extra motivation on that final drive and TD run.
"They have a linebacker, No. 50 — we'll just use numbers, we won't have to say names — that wanted to let me know every time I threw an interception," Roethlisberger said. "He found me, and told me how many interceptions I threw. It was a little motivation to come back and win the game."