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Jalen Ramsey taking lessons from "Little Giants" for matchup against Lamar Jackson

Jalen Ramsey taking lessons from "Little Giants" for matchup against Lamar Jackson

When you reach the level Lamar Jackson has this season at quarterback for the Ravens, teams no can no longer plan to stop you. They can only hope to slow you down. 

For the Jalen Ramsey and the Rams' defense, they know Jackson can and will make plays with his legs and put pressure on them with his arm. 

The key for the Rams on Monday night will be to weather the storm every time Jackson evades the rush for a first down or makes a throw only a few humans can make, and continue to play within themselves. 

To do that takes a fair amount of mental fortitude, and Ramsey pointed to the classic movie "Little Giants" as a form of inspiration for Monday's clash. 

"I mean we're not going to prepare for him to make plays. We know it'll happen, he's a professional, he's a first-round draft pick," Ramsey told ESPN's Lindsay Thiry before the game. "But the game is 90 percent mental, and 10 percent physical. We learned that from the 'Little Giants.'"

The All-Pro cornerback has the right idea, but he's misquoting the movie here. In the 1994 masterpiece, the "Little Giants" were preparing for a pee-wee football game against a much more talented Cowboys team. Before they took them on as massive underdogs, NFL legends John Madden, Emmitt Smith, Bruce Smith, Tim Brown and Steve Entman paid them a visit to offer advice. 

Entman words of wisdom were, "The game is 80 percent mental, and 40 percent physical." 

So while Ramsey's head is in the right place, he needs to get his percentages straight. 

The Rams' newest addition this season also asked Michael Vick for advice on how to slow Jackson down, so it's clear the Ravens' MVP candidate is on his mind.

And why wouldn't he? Jackson has been the most electric player in all of football this season and led the Ravens to their best start since they last won the Super Bowl. 

The Rams have little hope for slowing down Jackson on Monday night, but at least Ramsey has a great taste in movies. 

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins tries to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins tries to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going full force to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 

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Ravens tried trading up for Jalen Ramsey, Cowboys said no

Ravens tried trading up for Jalen Ramsey, Cowboys said no

Ronnie Stanley was the Ravens’ choice, but they were chasing Jalen Ramsey.

The Ravens tried trading up to No. 4 with the Cowboys in Round 1 to take defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida St., an NFL source said, confirming an ESPN report. In return, the Ravens were offering the sixth pick and one of their fourth-round picks.

However, the Cowboys had trepidation about trading down to No. 6, afraid that another team might trade up to No. 5 and take running back Ezekiel Elliott. So the Cowboys stayed put at No. 4 and took Elliott, the Jaguars took Ramsey at No. 5, while the Ravens opted for Stanley at No. 6 over Oregon defensive end DeForest Bucker, who the 49ers took at No. 7.

Asked whether he had conversations about moving up in Round 1, Ravens general manger Ozzie Newsome said, “We had some conversation in the room, and I would say we talked to a team.”

Ramsey’s ability to play both safety and corner, along with his physicality, could have dramatically changed the look of the Ravens’ secondary. But getting Ramsey was always going to be difficult for the Ravens.

With that door now closed, it would not be surprising to see the Ravens take a cornerback with their early second-round pick (No. 36 overall) Friday night.

Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, Cyrus Jones of Alabama, and Xavien Howard of Baylor are among top corners still on the board.