What I'm hearing: Reporter Mike Jones details how Jalen Ramsey will help save the Rams.
MIL OAKS, California – Jalen Ramsey "not very familiar" with Los Angeles.
Likewise, Angelenos may not know much about Southern California's newest sports star.
But all that is about to change, the all-professional cornerback – acquired by the Los Angeles Rams of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday for three teams, ”he said as he arrived at the Rams facility at Cal Lutheran University on Wednesday night.
"You just need to see the kind of earnings I bring, I think," said Ramsey. “I think most of the time a lot of people know what kind of player I am on the pitch. Many people do not know who I am.
“Me being here… you'll learn who I am more and kind of learn my personality a little, see the guy I am. I am very confident. I love the soccer game. I love to have fun. "
Ramsey, who joins former Jaguars teammates Blake Bortles and Dante Fowler in Los Angeles, is especially eager to join the Rams locker room.
"I hear culture here is a drug," Ramsey said. "I can't wait to be part of it. I can't wait to be myself on and off the pitch and just help the organization in every way possible."
Rams coach Sean McVay echoed the feelings.
"I think you want guys with something, personality, different things like that," McVay said. "While these guys love football, they love to compete every day, I think it's usually a building that I think suits it."
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Jalen Ramsey has been a Pro Bowl selection in the previous two seasons. (Photo: Reinhold Matay, USA TODAY Sports)
Ramsey played alongside Fowler in a defense that spurred the Jaguars for the AFC 2017 championship gamebut he is familiar with some of his other new teammates.
"I know Dante, of course," said Ramsey. "I know Aaron Donald is in this defense, NFL best player. Eric Weddle is back there. I have to get to know the guys a little more, of course, now getting here. "
Having traveled all day in Florida on Wednesday, Ramsey wasn't sure if he would be able to field the Rams on Sunday in Atlanta.
"If it's smart for me to go there on Sunday, then I will," said Ramsey. "I miss football. I love football. So I'd love it, but at the end of the day, we also need to be smart."
Ramsey was at home in Jacksonville when he received the news that the Rams traded Marcus Peters for Baltimore.
"Of course my phone started ringing when it happened," said Ramsey. "Soon after, I got a call."
Jacksonville had traded Pro Bowler twice to Los Angeles for first round choices in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth round in 2021.
"I was very happy," said Ramsey. “I was super, super excited. A fresh start and a fresh start in a place like Los Angeles, with the culture I've heard here. I'm still young, everyone around here is a little young. I feel it will be a little more understanding. "
Ramsey, who has nine interceptions and 45 passes to pass 51 career games, has been inactive for the last three games for Jacksonville with a back injury sustained after requesting an exchange.
Ramsey said he was not "really worried" about a contract extension that was such a thorny issue with the Jaguars.
"This will happen in due course," said Ramsey. “I have complete confidence in myself and my abilities. I think I will continue to be the best corner of the league for years to come. So he administers himself. "
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