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Does Jalen Ramsey still think Josh Allen is trash after loss to Bills?
Orchard Park, N.Y. — Did Josh Allens two-touchdown performance, including a Buffalo Bills franchise record 99 rushing yards in a 24-21 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, change Jalen Ramseys opinion of the polarizing rookie quarterback?
“The good thing about the world we live in is everyone can have an opinion. I stick by my opinions, usually,” Ramsey said when asked if he still felt like Allen was “trash,” as he had said over the summer. “He hurt us with his feet. He did enough for their team to get a win. Thats really what matters at the end of the day. So it doesnt matter what I said or anything like that. Im sure thats what he was thinking on his side.”
Ramseys right about that. Allen wasnt focused on the trash talk in the lead-up to the game and was simply concerned on winning.
“He's going to say what he's going to say. That happen,” head coach Sean McDermott said of Ramsey’s comments. “There are a lot of things that happen week-to-week in this league. Look, he's a great player. At the end of the day, the game will get played on Sunday and we're going to try to put our best foot forward.”
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“I just want to win football games,” Allen said. “There was a lot of trash talking before and after. But ultimately my job is to go out there and help this team win football games. I did a good enough job of that tonight with the help of my team. … Thats one of the best corners in the game, and to come out and play like we did as a team against a very good defense — I think theyre ranked number three in the league — to come out and get a W and to score some points felt good.”
Undrafted rookie Robert Foster leads Bills in receiving yards for second consecutive game
Whatever Ramseys opinion is of Allen after the game — hes not really saying — it doesnt really matter, he said.
Foster led the Bills in receiving yards for the second consecutive game. He had two catches on three targets for a game-high 94 yards and the score, the first of his career, against the Jaguars as the Bills won their second consecutive game. He had three catches on four targets for 105 yards in the Bills victory against the New York Jets on Nov. 11, after being promoted from the practice squad a day earlier.
“We have opinions every day, but its what you go out there and do,” Ramsey said. “And what he did for their team was go out there and get a win. You cant really say anything about it.”
1. The playcalling of coach Adam Gase has come into question. Miami blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead Sunday in losing to the Colts, going three-and-out on their final two possessions. Starting with 8:26 remaining and the ball on their 25-yard line, Gase called for two short passes that fell incomplete and then a draw play on third and 10 that lost 5 yards. The entire drive took just 43 seconds. After the Colts tied the game, the Dolphins ran two plays that went for no gain, then again called a draw play on third and 10 that left them well short of the first down. The Colts drove to the game-winning field goal on the ensuing possession.
Allen added to his highlight reel with a couple game-changing plays in the victory. In the first quarter, he led a pair of touchdown drives to get the Bills out to a 14-0 lead. The second touchdown was a 75-yard bomb to rookie wide receiver Robert Foster. The Jaguars line was closing in on Allen as he faked a handoff and turned to throw. He unleashed a missile and took a big hit to make the connection.
It wasnt a sparkling statistical performance for Allen, who finished 8 of 19 for 160 yards and one touchdown passing. Those numbers dont tell the whole story, though, as Allen was hurt by some plays that werent made by his receivers and some penalties on the offensive line. He also added 99 yards on 13 carries, with another touchdown. That set a franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback, and his 75-yard touchdown pass was the longest ever by a Bills rookie. After missing four games with an elbow injury, Allen came back and made progress – which for the Bills is the best thing to come out of Sundays win.
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With the game tied at 14 in the third quarter, Allen drove the Bills down the field and put an exclamation point on the drive with a 14-yard touchdown run to put Buffalo up for good.
Hes a ball hawk, said teammate Jerry Hughes. Hes always around the ball because hes reading his keys. Hes eyeing the quarterback and breaking on the ball. Hes doing everything were teaching our linebackers to do. Hes a fundamentally sound guy. So thats why hes able to make those plays and go out there and just play fast.
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“He caused damage running the ball,” Ramsey said. “(Ninety-nine yards rushing), thats a lot of yards for a quarterback. He was probably their leading rusher, I would assume. So just him scrambling, extended and creating plays for their team was something that hurt us today.”
The second-year linebacker now has three interceptions on the season and six total takeaways as he also has three fumble recoveries. His latest takeaway made him just the second player in team history with at least three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in the same season, joining former Bills CB Tony Greene (6 INTs, 3 FR – 1975).
In the Buffalo Bills previous game, wide receiver Robert Foster turned in the teams first 100-yard receiving performance since Oct. 22, 2017. On Sunday, he was three-quarters of the way to another after his first reception.
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