Josh Allen responds to Jalen Ramsey's comments, which included calling Allen 'trash'

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen wasn’t in an easy spot Wednesday.

Early Wednesday, GQ magazine published an interview with Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey in which Ramsey took a few NFL quarterbacks to task. Ramsey saved his harshest comments for Allen, the seventh pick of the draft. He called Allen “trash” and “a stupid draft pick.” 

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When Ramsey critiqued an Allen highlight on Twitter in May by saying Allen was a “pick waiting to happen,” Allen shrugged it off. Ramsey’s comments Wednesday were much more biting and personal (and pretty random considering there’s no known history between Ramsey and Allen).

Allen could have shot back and the story would have grown. He refused.

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BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before playing against the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field on October 7, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills and Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers meet after the Green Bay Packers beat the Buffalo Bills 22-0 at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Kenny Clark #97 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to tackle Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09: Jermaine Carter #56 of the Carolina Panthers sacks Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half at New Era Field on August 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Carolina defeats Buffalo in the preseason game 28-23. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Josh Allen #17 of the North team throws the ball during the first half of the Reese's Senior Bowl against the the South team at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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What did Josh Allen say about Jalen Ramsey’s comments?

According to Matthew Fairburn of the Athletic, Allen took the high road.

“I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me one bit,” Allen said. “I care about my teammates and what my teammates think of me.” 

Allen’s attitude about the scorching comments was that Ramsey isn’t his teammate so it didn’t affect him.

“He’s not on my team, he’s not my teammate,” Allen said, according to Sal Capaccio of WGR 550. “It doesn’t bother me.”

Allen didn’t want to escalate things with Ramsey

Perhaps if Allen was a proven veteran, he’d have felt more comfortable saying more. We’ll see if Ramsey targets Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger, among others, have more to say on the matter.

But Allen is a rookie. Ramsey is an All-Pro. Allen also came into the NFL having to apologize to his teammates for some offensive tweets that were unearthed when he was drafted. Getting in a verbal war with one of the NFL’s biggest stars probably wasn’t the best idea, especially before Allen has ever played an NFL game.

It couldn’t have been easy to not say anything though — not many guys would react politely to being called “trash” to a national magazine. But Allen didn’t turn it into an even bigger story, and given where he is right now in his career, that’s probably the right play.

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