Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey has consistently had a mixed bag of a relationship with the Buffalo Bills.
That dates back to Ramsey calling a young QB named Josh Allen “trash” only for the defender to lose to him with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
More recently, Ramsey has come on the short end of things involving the Bills even during his time with the Rams.
None of that still hasn’t changed his tune all that much about Buffalo.
In one sense, Ramsey has a point.
He is a defending Super Bowl champion. But he is taking it awfully personally that the Bills enter the 2022 season as the favorite to win next year’s title.
So much so that he didn’t want to say much of anything nice this week.
“They’re good. They got a good team,” Ramsey said via Rams Wire. “I ain’t gonna lie to y’all. I’m not about to sit up here and boost them up like y’all might want, like maybe other people are doing. I ain’t doing that. I ain’t gonna be extra. They good but we good, too, over here. So we’ll see them on Thursday, we’re gonna play football. But I ain’t gonna sit here and boost nobody up. I got respect for ‘em, but I got more respect for the game and the way I prepare and the way my teammates have been preparing and our trust and belief in each other. I’ll boost us up, I’ll talk about us and our preparation, but they can do that with them over there. We’re gonna go out there Thursday and put our best effort out there and do what we gotta do.”
On the flip side, Ramsey later noted he’s fine discussing how good he thinks his team is.
“I’ll boost that up. I’ll talk about that, for sure, because I know we’ve been putting in that work,” Ramsey said.
Whether it’s a bit of arrogance or confidence or some of both, an interesting thing to note is the player that Ramsey will be tasked with guarding: Stefon Diggs.
The Bills wide receiver essentially took an opposite approached to the contest. When asked about what it will be like facing the defending champs and on such a big stage, Diggs was welcoming of it.
“I ain’t a hater, I’m not that type of guy,” Diggs said via video conference. “Those guys put a lot of time and a lot of effort to get to where they were and they were blessed to get a ring. Everybody that’s chasing one wants that feeling.”
“If anything, it’ll motivate me to go even harder,” Diggs added.
The most-recent chapter of Bills-Rams is the way Buffalo and Diggs will want things to go on Thursday. That 2022 contest in Orchard Park saw the Bills win 35-32 with the wideout grabbing four catches for 49 yards including a touchdown with Ramsey in coverage.
Even so, Diggs still knows there’s a challenge ahead.
“(Ramsey) is a good a– player,” Diggs said.
For more from Diggs, check out the WKBW-TV clip below:
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) September 4, 2022