Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angeles Rams is one of the NFL’s better cornerbacks. In fact, we listed him as the NFL’s top cornerback in our recent ranking of the best players at his position — and we did so for the second year in a row.
Even great players have bad days, and that’s certainly what happened to Ramsey in the Rams’ 31-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the 2022 regular-season opener on Thursday night. Ramsey allowed six catches on seven targets for 88 yards and either one or two of Josh Allen’s three passing touchdowns, depending on how you want to chart it.
“We got our ass beat, straight-up,” Ramsey said after it was over.
“They were really attacking our little zones, like our soft spots in our zones,” Ramsey continued, via Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. “Obviously we’ve gotta watch the film, but I’m sure we all would’ve liked to play man a little bit more. I feel like we kind of had a mentality like, ‘bend, don’t break’ a lot, because they were driving the ball but they weren’t scoring, like, we were getting turnovers, interceptions, whatever it was.”
That will undoubtedly prompt some discussions with defensive coordinator Raheem Morris. In the first half, Allen completed 17 of 20 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and a passer rating of 86.2. In the second half, he completed nine of 11 passes for 144 yards, two touchdowns, no picks, and the highest possible passer rating of 158.3.
That said, Ramsey’s nightmare of a night started on the first play of the game — Allen threw a quick slant to Stefon Diggs (No. 14), Ramsey (No. 5) seemed to be looking for something more vertical, guessed wrong, and Diggs had his first easy catch of the night. It would not be his last.
“We felt like their corners were really looking in at the quarterback and Diggs just ran a heck of a route,” Allen said of this play. “The offensive line protected and just gave him a chance and he went there and made a play for us.”
As for Diggs, he was just doing what his quarterback told him to do.
“He just told me to run,” Diggs said. “That actually wasn’t even an original play. Josh sees a lot of things at the quarterback position that you might not see at the receiver position. So, one thing I learned is to listen to your quarterback.”