Jalen Ramsey says he hates facing Lamar Jackson: ‘You can’t really do much’

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Miami Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey explained why he hates facing Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson.

“Lamar Jackson,” Ramsey said when asked about which quarterback he hates to face. “Just ’cause you can’t really do much. You can’t really do much.”

While Ramsey didn’t really go into detail about why he hates facing Jackson, it makes sense since the Ravens star is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL.

Jackson has rushed for over 1,000 yards in two of his seasons, and he’s won an MVP award as well. Injuries have limited the Ravens signal-caller in the last two seasons, but he’s arguably the most dynamic offensive player in the league when healthy.

The Dolphins play the Ravens in the 2023 season on New Year’s Eve, which should be an important game in the playoff race. Both teams made the postseason last year, but didn’t have their respective starting quarterbacks (Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Jackson) available for the playoff games due to injuries.

Containing Jackson is tough, especially when he’s healthy enough to use his legs to extend plays. In the 2019 season when he won the league’s MVP award, Jackson ran for 1,206 yards and led the NFL in touchdown passes with 36.

It’s extremely tough to plan against the University of Louisville product since he can beat a team through the air and on the ground.

The Dolphins acquired Ramsey in a trade that only sent a third-round pick in the 2023 draft and 24-year-old tight end Hunter Long to the Rams this offseason, and they are hoping that he can boost their secondary.

Miami finished 27th in the NFL in passing yards allowed last season, but the duo of Xavien Howard and Ramsey should be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. The Dolphins are looking to build on last season’s 9-8 record and potentially win the AFC East division.

For his career, Ramsey has 19 interceptions in 108 games. He’s picked off multiple passes in five of his seven NFL seasons. If he can intercept Jackson this season, it would be a great sign for the Dolphins’ chances of winning their New Year’s Eve matchup.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.