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Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey fined for unnecessary roughness

11 AUG 2016: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) prior to the pre-season game between the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,NJ.(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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For the second consecutive week, Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been fined by the NFL.

Last week, the fifth-overall selection out of Florida State was docked $9,115 for fighting with Oakland Raiders receiver Johnny Holton. On Friday, the NFL sent Ramsey another letter with an unwanted letter taking out another $9,115 from his paycheck for unnecessary roughness.

Ramsey was flagged 15 yards for hitting Tennessee Titans tight end Phillip Supernaw out of bounds after an incomplete pass during the Jaguars’ 36-22 loss Sunday. Though he was not ejected for the hit like he was for his incident against the Raiders, the Jaguars voluntarily sat Ramsey for a few plays.

Despite the recent penalties, Ramsey has played efficiently for the Jaguars and even made NFL.com’s Midseason All-Rookie Defensive Team, showing that these penalties are just his way of showing passion.

The Florida State product’ may only have one pass breakup and 30 tackles, but his greatest accomplishments come from the unseen stats. He has allowed 22 receptions on 31 targets for 31 yards and just one touchdown. While the Jaguars’ zone coverage didn’t put him on an island with Amari Cooper for all of the Raiders’ game, Ramsey was integral in limiting Cooper to just four receptions for 29 yards last week.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor had this to say about Ramsey:

“[Ramsey] is at his best when he’s up on the line. He does a good job at getting his hands on the receiver and disrupting timing between the quarterback and his target,” Taylor said. “In the second half of the season, I want to see his off-coverage play improve — and it should, with more reps.”

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