Jalen Ramsey says Jameis Winston is 'extra coach' on field
Wednesday's joint practice between the Bucs and Jaguars featured seven former FSU players age 25 or younger, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, taken by Jacksonville with the No. 5 pick in this year's draft, said he still likes going up against quarterback Jameis Winston.
"Jameis always gets me better," Ramsey said after the first of two joint practices. "I love going against Jameis. He made me a better player my two years in college with him, and today was good working with him as well."
Ramsey said going against Winston as an opponent in practice was much the same as doing so as an FSU teammate -- challenging.
"He's the same Jameis I've always known," Ramsey said. "He's such a leader to his guys. The guys really listen to him. He in a sense is kind of like an extra coach out there, to his guys and even to us, the defensive guys. He bounces ideas off of us and helps us out sometimes. Today, we talked after practice a little bit, helped each other out."
Winston had said he was looking forward to going up against Ramsey and former FSU linebacker Telvin Smith, expecting a lot of trash talk from the latter, but Smith kept fairly quiet Wednesday.
"It was good getting back out there on the field with him, seeing him over there, doing his thing," Smith said. "We've got to keep getting each other better. I was trying to temper (trash-talking) down a little bit. I didn't want to get started, because I know when I get started, I go too far sometimes."