Jalen Ramsey says he's not NFL's top CB but knows who is

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey says he doesn’t expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to throw much, if at all, against the NFL’s top cornerback.

So he believes he’s going to get a lot of work on Sunday.

Wait, what?

An explanation: Ramsey says teammate A.J. Bouye is the league’s top cornerback. He puts himself in the top five, though, and said it just makes sense that Ben Roethlisberger would throw in his direction more.

“A.J. is the best corner in the league, so it’s kind of like pick your poison,” Ramsey said. “Who are you going to throw it at? Are you going to throw it at the best corner in the league or are you going to throw it at [the] second-best or one of the top five corners in the league?

“You’re going to throw it at one of the top five instead of the best corner so I’m going to get my fair share of opportunities.”

The Jaguars have the NFL’s top pass defense (147.0 yards per game allowed), and Ramsey and Bouye are the main reasons why. According to Pro Football Focus, Ramsey has allowed only seven receptions for 42 yards this season and quarterbacks have a 23.4 passer rating throwing at him. He also has 11 tackles, four pass breakups and an interception.

Bouye, who signed as a free agent in March, has 13 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions. According to PFF he has allowed 11 catches on 24 targets and quarterbacks have a 35.2 passer rating throwing at him.

Sunday’s game against the Steelers will be the duo’s toughest test of the season. Antonio Brown is second in the NFL in receptions (30) and receiving yards (388). Martavis Bryant has only 10 catches, but he’s averaging 18.3 yards per catch. Since he entered the league in 2014 he’s second among all NFL players with a 17.4 yards-per-catch average.

Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash wouldn’t say if Ramsey will cover Brown exclusively or if the Jaguars corners will play sides and just take whichever receiver lines up on their side. Clearly, though, the priority is stopping Brown, who has surpassed 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in each of the past four seasons.

“Obviously [Brown is] one of the premier wideouts in the NFL, and we’re going to have our hands full with him,” Wash said. “We’ve got to do something to try to take him out of the game if that’s possible. He’s a threat on every snap.”

Tough assignment for the league’s No. 1 CB – or the other guy, too.