It was a game that Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey will never forget.
The Jaguars lost to the Texans today by a score of 21-20, in what can be considered one of the worst losses during Gus Bradley’s tenure as head coach. The team held a double digit lead for most of the game, but Houston took advantage of the Jaguars’ miserable offense to clinch their eighth win of the season.
However, as bad of a loss as it was, there is one positive we can pull away from this game, and that one positive is Jalen Ramsey.
Ramsey began his career game with his first career interception, coming off of a pass from Brock Osweiler. Ramsey returned the interception for 35 yards.
I was told Jalen Ramsey wasn't an impact player. Hmm pic.twitter.com/VubephoKE9— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) December 18, 2016
The first play in the video shows Ramsey’s interception. The play after was a stop Ramsey had on 3rd and 6. Houston WR Deandre Hopkins had to get to the 20 yard line, but Ramsey used pure strength to stop him one yard short.
On the last play of the video, Ramsey made an acrobatic play on the ball when QB Tom Savage attempted to find Hopkins in the back of the endzone on 4th and 1, and killed the Texans drive.
Ramsey continued to bully Hopkins later into the game, as the Texans faced a 3rd and 3 at the Jaguars 26 yard line. Savage targeted Hopkins a yard past the first down marker, but Ramsey blew Hopkins up and knocked the ball incomplete.
Jalen Ramsey is having a career game. His most recent impact play pic.twitter.com/Uyb86STx3k— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) December 18, 2016
Ramsey finished the game with four tackles, an interception, and five defended passes. He found a way to constantly be near the ball and make impact plays, and although the Jaguars couldn’t pull off a win, he certainly played the best game of his career.
If a game like this doesn’t put Jalen Ramsey in contention for Defensive Rookie of the Year, considering he’s already considered one of the NFL’s shutdown cornerbacks, then I don’t know what does.