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Jaguars news: Doug Marrone describes how Jalen Ramsey can become ‘elite’

Jalen Ramsey, Jaguars

It is hard to pinpoint where exactly the strength of the Jacksonville Jaguars defense lies. However, a good place to start would be with budding star cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey has been the most consistent player in a star-studded group throughout the entire 2017 NFL season as the team’s lockdown corner. Aside from his obvious physical attributes as a defensive back, head coach Doug Marrone feels it is his intangibles that will elevate him to elite status, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco:

“That’s the one thing you’re able to see — the rare height, weight, speed, things of that nature, the ball skills,” Marrone said. “But what people don’t necessarily see is how hard that player works on the tape, in practice, how competitive he is in practice. He doesn’t want a ball completed on him in practice, and he’s been like that the whole time.

“Ability is never going to be the question, because you can see that on the field. It’s like, ‘Is he just a natural talent or does he work at it?’ He has both, and that’s why he can be an elite player.”

Ramsey made headlines earlier this season after his scuffle with Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green. Needless to say, he has backed up his boisterous trash talk with a stellar year in which he earned first-team All-Pro honors.

The second-year man out of Florida State recorded four interceptions and 17 pass deflections in the regular season. More importantly, he has proven himself on the big stage after recording an interception in the AFC Wild Card versus the Buffalo Bills last week.