Rogers On Ramsey: "It's Self-Promotion"

In criticizing Andrew Luck and other NFL quarterbacks, Jalen Ramsey wanted to put the spotlight on himself, Chester Rogers said

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August 20, 2018 - 10:09 am

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Colts wide receiver Chester Rogers has no problem giving respect where it’s due – and Jalen Ramsey and the Jacksonville Jaguars deserve respect, especially after winning the AFC South and advancing to the AFC Championship last season.

“I give respect where it’s due,” Rogers said on Tiki and Tierney. “They’re not a fluke. They’re one of the better defenses in this league. I like going against them.”

But that doesn’t mean Rogers agrees with Ramsey’s comments about Andrew Luck. Ramsey, who took aim at numerous NFL quarterbacks in an interview with GQ, said Luck isn't “that good.”

“The comments he made about Andrew, hey, I guess it’s self-promotion. You got to put the spotlight on yourself,” Rogers said. “But if we’re going to be serious, the last time Andrew played and we played against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he won.”

Indeed, Luck threw for 321 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his last game against Jacksonville – a 24-20 win on Jan. 1, 2017.

“So I don’t know how confident he can be talking about Andrew,” Rogers said of Ramsey. “But we got a season coming up. I love it. I love the competition. I love the talk.”

Rogers was asked if “bulletin-board material” even resonates with today’s generation of players.

“No, we don’t pay attention to it,” Rogers said. “You might see it run across your phone on Twitter or something, but we don’t feed into it. I guess it’s more for the media.”

Either way, Rogers expects big things from Luck this season – and has since Rogers’ first practice this offseason.

“Honestly, it was quick – right when we started working out,” Rogers said. “I could see the zip on the ball. Andrew’s back. Compared to when he tried to come back last year off his surgery, he came back a little early. Seeing him throw, it was totally different. He took his time and did his rehab, and I can see that he’s back.”

In Luck’s last two full seasons – 2014 and 2016 – he’s averaged 4,500 yards, 35.5 passing touchdowns, and 14.5 interceptions.

“When Andrew’s on the field, he makes everybody’s job easier,” Rogers said. “To have him back out there, I still feel like he’s the same, if not better. I’m going to go with better, honestly. He’s stronger, and he’s always been as smart as anybody I know.”

The Colts open the season against the Bengals on Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. They don’t face Jacksonville until Week 10 – Nov. 11 – in Indy.