No disrespect to Jalen Ramsey, but this is actually disrespectful. The Rams star CB has had a positive experience in Pittsburgh, winning a playoff game against the Steelers at Heinz Field while a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to LA's matchup with the Steelers on Sunday, Ramsey was asked to compare current Pittsburgh No. 1 wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to an All-Pro of old in Antonio Brown.
Ramsey isn't wrong, but Steelers fans are immediately triggered when they hear Brown's name, and this won't help matters. Ramsey's never been afraid to speak his mind, and the lead-up to this cross-conference affair is no different. The former Florida State CB should be matched up with Smith-Schuster on Sunday, so we'll see if Ramsey will have to eat his words postgame.
Smith-Schuster has struggled to make separation at times this season. In 2018, the USC product had Brown to attract the attention of the defense on the other side of the field. Now asked to play the role of primary pass-catcher, his production has taken a dip.
Of course, some of that can be blamed on the injury to Ben Roethlisberger, but the difference between Brown and Smith-Schuster is still quite large. Frankly, that's okay. JuJu is only in his third year in the NFL, and is constantly improving. While Steelers fans will take this as an insult, Smith-Schuster should use it as motivation. Ramsey is just another doubter to prove wrong.