Curley: Ramsey Moves Rams "In Right Direction"

Jalen Ramsey isn't necessarily the missing piece for the Rams, Joe Curley says, but he's an elite player long-term

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 17, 2019 - 8:54 am
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The Rams added another star to their defense this week, trading two first-round draft picks – and a fourth – to Jacksonville for cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The 24-year-old clearly wanted out of Jacksonville, and the Jaguars granted him his wish.


“It was a long day for him traveling from Jacksonville and you could tell he was a little tired from the process, but I thought he seemed very smart and focused and kind of on message,” Ventura County Star Sports Reporter Joe Curley said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He kind of exuded the confidence of a winner. I think in a period right now where the Rams are kind of reeling where they’ve lost three straight for the first time under Sean McVay—and the secondary that we thought looked so great in the preseason has basically been shredded—I feel like even though this probably isn’t the piece the Rams need to supercharge their season, this is somebody who is going to give them some confidence and get them going in the right direction.”

The Rams rank 25th in the league in scoring defense, having allowed 25.7 points per game. They’ve allowed 35.0 points per game over their last three games, including 55 to Tampa Bay in Week 4.

The Rams face the Falcons’ (1-5) high-flying attack in Atlanta this Sunday.

“It doesn’t feel like they made this move for right now,” Curley said. “They didn’t give up two first-round draft picks and a fourth-round draft pick to guard Julio Jones this weekend. They did this because this is an elite player in the NFL. This is somebody who, if they can keep in their building for the long-term, could be an elite player at this position for a long time. I don’t feel like they made this move for right now. I feel like they made this move to give them yet another star for the long-term. 

“Now you’ve got a defense with Aaron Donald locked up that can lead the front, and now you’ve got a guy on the back end who you can stick on one receiver and really kind of half the field,” Curley continued. “There’s not many of those players left in this league. I really do think Jalen Ramsey is a unique player, and I think that’s why they went out and got him, even though it didn’t really seem like this is the piece they need right now.”

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