Rob Gronkowski, Bill Belichick won’t bite on Jalen Ramsey trash talk
Trash talk appeared to be the talking point on Wednesday for the New England Patriots. Given that the Jacksonville Jaguars — featuring infamous trash talker Jalen Ramsey — is the team’s Week 2 opponent, perhaps that should not come as a surprise.
Ramsey of course made headlines during training camp by going scorched earth on a large number of NFL signal-callers in a GQ interview. However, Ramsey’s smack talk did not end with that particular interview.
Shortly afterward, Ramsey called out Rob Gronkowski, saying in part, “I don’t think Gronk’s good. Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”
Gronkowski was asked about Ramsey’s critique on Wednesday and refused to respond in kind, instead blowing off the outspoken Jags corner’s barbs.
“If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels,” Gronkowski told reporters, via NFL.com. “It’s a big game this Sunday. I’m sure I’m going to have opportunities to go versus him. I’m sure he’s going to have opportunities to go versus me. I’m just preparing like I always prepare. I just got to do my job out on the field and just worry about that.”
Gronkowski was again asked Wednesday on “NFL Total Access” about Ramsey.
“Just talking trash all week, I mean, it’s really not my focus. It’s really not this team’s focus,” Gronkowski said. “Being here throughout the nine years, being under coach Belichick’s wing throughout the years, learning from him, learning from the other veteran players here, we really don’t get into talks like that.”
Speaking of Belichick, there was no way he was going to bite, either.
“Well, look, we know when the game starts and we’ll be ready to go,” Belichick said. “I’m sure they will, too. That’s when we’ll see what happens. Right now we’re focused on our preparation for the game. I have a lot of respect for Coach [Doug] Marrone and their coaching staff, their players, their team. Hopefully, we’ll be ready to go.”
Meanwhile, Gronkowski was also asked Wednesday to rate Tom Brady’s trash-talking talents.
“One out of 10,” Gronk said.