If Jalen Ramsey plays on Sunday with his new team, the Los Angeles Rams, his first matchup will feature a battle with Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones.
The Rams (3-3) traded with the Jacksonville Jaguars for Ramsey late Tuesday night. Ramsey said he “hopes” to be able to play on Sunday against the Falcons (1-5). Ramsey, 24, and Jones, 30, have yet to square off against one another during a regular-season game in their NFL careers thus far.
As for what Jones expects to see from the Rams’ secondary if Ramsey plays, he says he’ll be ready for “any and everything.”
“My thing is just to be ready for anything,” Jones said. “We don’t know how they’re going to play us. We don’t know if he’s going to match me or not, I haven’t played him. I haven’t though that far past that. It’s more so about us getting ready to go out there and make plays. Whatever they give us, we just have to take it and be successful.”
Ramsey and Jones are two of the best at their respective positions.
Since being drafted as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Jaguars, Ramsey has recorded nine interceptions.
The Rams are hopeful Ramsey gives their secondary a boost coming off a three-game losing skid. Los Angeles ranks No. 14 in passing yards giving up 241.3 yards per game.
Although Jones doesn’t know exactly how the Rams will feature Ramsey, he has respect for what he’s capable of doing.
“He’s a great athlete [and] great player don’t get me wrong, but I don’t know [how] they’re going to use him in the game,” Jones said.
Atlanta’s star receiver is off to another impressive start. Jones ranks 10th in receiving yards with 467 yards and is tied for sixth in touchdowns with four.
The Atlanta Falcons were testing their ups in the second practice ahead of a Week 6 match up against the Rams. Take a look at those drills and more in this gallery, presented by Quikrete.