Patriots’ Adam Butler says Jalen Ramsey ‘better back up’ Super Bowl guarantee
Following a thrilling win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the divisional round led to All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey of the Jacksonville Jaguars to proclaim hours after the game that his team would win Super Bowl LII.
This has drawn plenty of reaction from the New England Patriots, who are their next opponent in the AFC Championship game on Sunday. According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, defensive tackle Adam Butler has stated that Ramsey better follow through on his bold prediction.
“If you’re going to make a statement like that, you better be able to back it up,” Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler said Wednesday.
These comments from Ramsey have become bulletin board material for New England ahead of the contest. The Patriots have a history of using any comments or situation as motivation to help them put together a more focused performance on the field.
New England has been the standard bearer not only in the AFC but also the NFL for more than the last decade. They are set to play in their 12th AFC Championship Game with Tom Brady under center, which provides them plenty of experience in what to expect and how to adequately prepare for the contest.
The Jaguars possess arguably the best defense in the league, but Brady is still playing at an elite level despite being 40 years old. He is also coming off a strong outing in the 35-14 win in the divisional round over the Tennessee Titans where he posted 337 passing yards with three touchdowns. On top of that, Jacksonville will have the task of playing on the road at Gillette Field in what should be a raucous environment.
Ramsey and the Jaguars’ secondary will certainly be put to the test even with Brady dealing with a right-hand injury that he suffered in practice on Wednesday. This only adds to what should be an intense AFC Championship Game.