DeShon Elliott sticks up for defending Jalen Ramsey, a cornerback who is currently the target of harsh criticism following his performance in 2022. On Thursday, Miami Dolphins’ Elliott bashed the naysayers mentioning Ramsey as ‘the number one corner in the NFL’.
In 2016, Ramsey signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars to begin his NFL career. The cornerback, who was selected first overall in the Jaguars’ history, swiftly rose to the top of the NFL and twice made the Pro Bowl. Although he was moved to the Los Angeles Rams in 2019 following a fallout and dispute with the Jaguars’ executive staff, the Jaguars cannot ignore his contribution as by dint of his prowess, they were able to assist the team end a 10-year postseason drought.
In the 2023 offseason, he was sent to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for tight end Hunter Long and a third-round draft selection.
Although the 28-year-old tied a career-high with 18 pass defenses and four interceptions during the 2022 season, the LA Rams failed to find success after winning Super Bowl 56.
However, netizens raised questions about Jalen’s output in the 2022 campaign with the Rams, though, he had a subpar season in 2022 yet still finished all 17 games and completed with 64 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
DeShon Eliott’s blistering retort to Jalen’s detractors
A free safety of the Miami Dolphins, DeShon was deeply hurt by Jalen’s remarks. The safety disputed all of the criticism directed at Ramsey and advised the critics to review the former Ram’s last season statistics.
“Yeah, come on now, that’s arguably the number one corner in the NFL,” Elliott said. “I don’t want to hear anybody talking about, ‘oh, he had a down year.’ Check the numbers, check the tape.’
“That was not a down year. Still an All-Pro. So, regardless, I feel like, shoot, why would I not go there. Playing with great players makes you great. It elevates your game.”
DeShon was released by the Lions in 2022 after 14 games with 13 starts, 96 tackles, three passes defended, one interception, and a forced fumble, later, signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins on March 17, 2023.