The two All-Pros will build a proper rivalry Sunday. When Tom Brady took the field for warm-ups before Sunday’s AFC title game against the Jaguars , all eyes were on the MVP candidate and the stitched-up thumb that threatens to derail his third Super Bowl appearance in four years.
That focus stretched to Jaguars’ All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey , who had some words for the future Hall of Famer as he jogged down the sideline past a stretching Jacksonville defense.
No glove for Tom Brady, just some tape. He also appeared to have some words for Jalen Ramsey. pic.twitter.com/TzULBjePDC — Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) January 21, 2018
Ramsey, who had guaranteed victory over the Pats earlier in the week , took advantage of his first opportunity to exchange words with the quarterback he’ll stare down in the AFC Championship Game. While Brady appeared to ignore Ramsey on the first half of his warmup jog, he turned to address his opponent after hyping up the home crowd with a “let’s go” and rounding the bend.
Tom Brady and his hand have safely arrived at @GilletteStadium . (Watch until the end to see him and Jalen Ramsey briefly go at it) pic.twitter.com/VFu5xfDmSJ — Patriots on NBCSB (@NBCSPatriots) January 21, 2018
Audio didn’t pick up the exchange between the rivals, but the topic at hand may have been Brady’s injured thumb, which was covered in tape early in Foxborough.
He’ll have to prove he’s back to 100% to get the better of one of the league’s best defenses. Ramsey and fellow Pro Bowler A.J. Bouye lead a foreboding secondary that could be the difference between another Brady Super Bowl and the Jags first trip to the big game.