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Jalen Ramsey vs Antonio Brown: The best against the best

There are not many games in NFL history where you can unquestionably say that the best defensive back in the league is matching up with the top wide receiver in the game.

However, NFL fans are going to be saying that this Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars are set to face off at 1:05 p.m. for an appearance in the AFC Championship game. You know what that means. Jalen Ramsey vs. Antonio Brown.

Brown’s greatness cannot be denied. The eight-year pro caught 101 passes for 1,533 yards and 9 touchdowns despite missing the final two games of the regular season due to a calf injury. However, he is reportedly fully healthy and has been practicing all week.

His mix of speed, route-running, and footwork are all part of what makes him so elite. Brown has worked extremely hard to hone in on his routes. He’s spent thousands of hours perfecting the way he drags his feet on sideline catches and intently studying the defensive backs he’ll face each week.

Ramsey, on the other hand, is a rising star. He finished his sophomore season in the NFL with 63 tackles while setting new career highs in pass deflections, 17, and interceptions, 4. His stellar play in the regular season concluded with him being selected to the first-team AP all-pro.

The former Florida State standout has the athleticism and intangibles to dominate pro football’s top receivers for the next decade-plus. And he’s one of the top trash talkers in the game to boot. Despite his knack to try in get in the head of the opposing team, Ramsey really does respect Brown.

He’s even called him the best receiver he’s faced in his career, and for good reason. Brown absolutely went off when the two met earlier this season during a 30-9 Jacksonville victory. The Miami product finished the loss with 10 catches for 157 yards. He was targeted a whopping 19 times overall on the day.

Despite the fact that Brown didn’t get in the end zone, Ramsey can’t be happy with the number of catches and yards that he and teammate A.J. Bouye surrendered to Brown. They are looking for revenge on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Jalen Ramsey vs Antonio Brown, round two, coming up.

Dustin Lewis

Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.



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