Tate Responds To Ramsey's Trash Talk: "I'm Gonna Handle Jalen Myself"

Ramsey happens to be dating Tate's sister.

Will Burchfield
August 15, 2018 - 2:24 pm

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Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made headlines around the NFL on Wednesday for a GQ story in which he talked smack about almost every player he was asked about. One of the victims was Golden Tate, whose sister, Breanna, happens to be Ramsey's girlfriend. 

In a conversation with Breanna, Ramsey said his family would easily beat the Tates in a game of flag football. 

"Your family’s too short!" Ramsey said. "I’m going up on top of all of them. Please let Golden guard me. I’m going up top on Golden.”

Told of Ramsey's claim on Wednesday, Tate grinned and said, "I don’t think so, I really don’t think so -- because I’m gonna handle Jalen myself." 

As for the height discrepancy, Tate, who's three inches shorter than Ramsey at 5'10, said it wouldn't matter. 

"He gotta match my quickness too. He’s an outside guy, he don’t want no business in the slot. The slot’s all me," Tate said. 

"But nah, Jalen's one of the homies," he went on. "Tremendous talent, love watching him play, love watching him talk some sh*t because he’s gonna bring it every day. Happy he’s part of the family, man. I’m sure over the next few years we’ll definitely be working out, getting it on video, having some fun. But he’s a good guy, man, I love him." 

Ramsey and Breanna had their first child together in July

Arguably the best player on one of the NFL's best defenses last season, Ramsey also shared his thoughts on Matthew Stafford, comparing him to Jaguars' quarterback Blake Bortles. Suffice to say, he's not all that impressed. 

"As long as you do what that team is asking you to do, and you do it well with the rest of the team, then you can be considered good—or at least not bad. You not a bad quarterback if you do what your team asks of you. Matthew Stafford, I think he's straight. I don't think he the best quarterback out there. But he do what he gotta do," Ramsey said. 

Tate, a fierce proponent of Stafford, responded by pointing to the scoreboard. 

"When’s the last time they played us?" he asked. 

"Two years ago," a reporter said. 

"And what happened?" Tate went on. 

"You guys won," the reporter said. "Made him cry, too."

"Oh," said Tate, with a knowing smile. 

Like them or not, Ramsey's comments make for good entertainment, especially during the monotony of training camp. Tate, for his part, respects Ramsey's honesty, even if he's not inclined to stir the pot himself. 

"I just try to stay in my lane and play football, because this is hard enough. I don’t have time to be in Twitter fights and all that stuff," Tate said. "But he’s a very vocal guy. It takes a strong person to talk out like that, because you know you’re gonna be criticized by everybody, you know that, but he believes in what he’s saying. I believe everyone’s open to their own opinion, whether I agree with it or not. That’s part of being American.

"So, I like reading it, I just try not to get in the middle of it." 

Tate also dished on some of the drama coming out of Browns training camp, which is being documented on HBO's Hard Knocks. In episode one, wide receiver Jarvis Landry gave a passionate speech in which he railed against some of his teammates for sitting out practice because of minor injuries. 

The speech earned Tate's approval. 

"I agree with him," said Tate. "If you can practice, you need to be out there. This is camp, it’s gonna hurt. We’re all hurting, we’re all trying to grind through it. This isn’t the time to take off until the first week. That’s kind of having a championship attitude, and I think Jarvis did a great job at showing that."

Landry, 25, signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Browns this offseason. 

"He’s a leader over there, whether he wants to be or not, and he’s showing it: In order to be a champion, you’re gonna have to fight through something, you’re gonna have some adversity to fight through at some point. It’s a mentality, so you have to change the mentality, and I think he’s off to a good start with that," said Tate. 

As for the various fights the Browns have gotten into during practice, including one in which Landry hurled a football at cornerback Terrance Mitchell's head, Tate said he's happy to be on a team -- and in a wide receivers room -- where that rarely happens. 

"I'm not saying the Browns don’t have high character, but we have very high-character. We have some incredible leaders, we have guys who’ve won championships, we have guy who know how to win, and our expectations are higher," Tate said. "We know how to practice here. The standards are set very high with Coach Patricia and they were with Coach Caldwell as well, so we understand how to practice."

Plus, said Tate, every team has moments of in-fighting. The Browns just happen to be in the spotlight. 

"The camera’s on them at all times, in every meeting, and it's hard to miss anything when you’re on TV every single time. I mean, I’m sure in other rooms here we’ve had some altercation, but it just doesn't get to the public," he said.