It’s the job of Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey to stalk and harass opposing quarterbacks.
And apparently that didn’t rule out quarterback Matthew Stafford before he arrived in Los Angeles via trade last offseason.
“I have to admit to the camera, to you, before you became my quarterback, I wasn’t a believer,” Ramsey told Stafford recently on his “Straight off the Press” podcast. “That’s a fact. I wasn’t a believer. I knew you had the stats. I knew Detroit was as good as they could be. But I wasn’t a believer.
Speak from a real heart to heart. Safe to say a Super Bowl ring in February officially ended that notion for Ramsey, as he watched from the sidelines as Stafford led a go-ahead in the fourth quarter to take a late lead over the Cincinnati Bengals before that the defense does not close things. in a 23-20 win.
Ramsey recalled his mindset when he first heard LA was changing the game by acquiring Stafford in exchange for former Rams quarterback Jared Goff and a draft pick.
I was like, ‘Man, is this the guy who’s gonna take us through?’ I remember I was in Hawaii, Sean (McVay) called me, and you were all in Mexico, I guess,” Ramsey said. “And he said, ‘We’re going to get Matthew Stafford. And I said, ‘Well **** now I believe. I don’t care, I’m a believer now.'”
Ramsey even chose to defend Stafford against none other than the Keyboard Warriors, defending Stafford’s claim as a Hall of Famer.
“It was an ongoing Twitter debate saying, is Matthew Stafford a Hall of Famer based on now winning a Super Bowl with the Rams and all his stats?” said Ramsey. “I remember doing a podcast a few weeks later and I said 100%.”
With Stafford now having a Super Bowl ring, the 11th most passing yards of all time and approaching 14 years of NFL experience under his belt, Ramsey has finally come to terms with the fact that he’s was probably mistaken about his initial feelings for his teammate.
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I may be biased now because I saw you as my teammate, but now I’m like, he’s got the Super Bowl, he’s got the stats. … You won the playoffs, the Super Bowl,” Ramsey said. “You have everything now. In my opinion, you Hall of Fame, I’ll say Hall of Fame.
It’s all love between the two Los Angeles leaders heading into the bye week, but the Rams still have a lot of work to do as they sit 3-3 after a 24- 10 over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Stafford may have Ramsey’s official seal of approval, but will have to cut his league-leading eight interceptions if the Rams want a rebounding spot midway through the season.
LA will come out of their bye in Week 8 to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, October 30 at SoFi Stadium.
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