Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey napalmed NFL quarterbacks in an interview with GQ magazine that was published Wednesday morning.
No one took more heat than Bills rookie Josh Allen. Ramsey called Allen “trash” and added “that’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell.”
Allen was asked about the comments after the Bills wrapped up training camp Wednesday. He doused the flames like a vet.
“He’s not on my team. He’s not my teammate. It don’t bother me. I don’t care,” Allen said. “I care about my teammates, what my teammates think of me. When I step on the field, ultimately, I’m trying to win football games. Trying to be the best quarterback for this team possible.”
The answer to the question about “the best quarterback for this team” seems no closer to solution than when camp began. However, there has been progress.
“It’s been a great process so far,” AJ McCarron said. “We’ve come a long way since OTAs, especially me, being my first time with this team.”
Allen took all the snaps with the second team for a third straight day, but ends camp with only occasional snaps quarterbacking the starters. He’s staying patient.
“I think if you ask any quarterback, they’re going to say they wish they had more opportunities with the 1’s,” Allen said. “Whenever my number is called, I feel like I’ll be ready. I think the coaches understand that and they’re not going to throw me into a situation where I wouldn’t be ready. I’m just going to put my trust in them.”
Allen called his first trip to Rochester “fantastic”. He thinks the opportunity to build a bond with teammates will pay dividends during the season.
“That carries over to the field,” Allen said. “To have that kind of relationship and then go on the field, whether I’m with the 1’s, 2’s or 3’s, I feel like we’ve got a really good rapport.”
The Bills QB with the best rapport last year will be on the other sideline Friday. Nathan Peterman said he texted with Tyrod Taylor over the summer and is looking forward to seeing him.
“Football is all about routine… and he definitely showed me a great routine, a great work ethic,” Peterman said. “He taught me a lot, just by watching, on how to be a leader. You don’t, necessarily, always have to be the one yelling and screaming. The guys respect you by what you do.”
That, likely, also goes for what Allen did when facing the harshest criticism of his young NFL career.