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Twenty talks: On takeaways … and hats


JACKSONVILLE – Twenty talked on Thursday. As usual.

What was unusual about Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey's weekly media availability Thursday was that a primary topic was hats.

We'll get to what Ramsey said about hats – and why – on Thursday in a few paragraphs, but we'll cover what he said about football first. The main football stuff was this:

Ramsey wants the Jaguars start forcing more takeaways. Soon.

"We've got to figure out a way to get back to that," Ramsey said Thursday as the Jaguars (2-1) prepared to play the New York Jets (1-2) at TIAA Bank Field in downtown Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m.

"It's going to continue to be a focus for us each week. It's part of the game, though. You can't get to frustrated about it. You just have to make it an emphasis."

The Jaguars, after finishing second in the NFL with 33 takeaways last season, have three in three games this season: two against the New York Giants in Week 1, including an interception return for a touchdown by Myles Jack, and one in a Week 2 victory over New England.

Ramsey, who had four interceptions last season, does not have one this season. No member of the Jaguars' secondary has an interception after the group combined for 18 last season: four by Ramsey, six by cornerback A.J. Bouye and four each by safeties Barry Church and Tashaun Gipson.

Gipson said on Wednesday he planned to have the first interception for the group and told reporters with a smile he imagined the rest of the secondary would agree. Ramsey smiled at that thought.

"I wouldn't agree," he said, laughing along with the gathered media. "But if Gip does, though, we'll all be happy. We just need somebody to pop it off, really. I think it's going to be myself, but I'll be happy for whoever pops it off and then we'll get it rolling from that point on."

Ramsey was asked if takeaways were fewer because teams are aware of it being a Jaguars strength, and therefore playing more conservatively against Jacksonville.

"That may be a little bit of it, but at the end of the day everybody has to play," he said. "We have to find a way. That's just how it goes."

The Jaguars last season forced five turnovers against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ramsey was asked if he believed in the commonly held idea that turnovers often come in bunches.

"That's what we hope," he said. "Hopefully sooner than later, but we'll take them however they come and whenever they come."

That was what Ramsey said about football Thursday.

What he discussed first during his weekly meeting with the media was hats. He wore a black Jaguars "bucket" hat to the press conference that featured the Jaguars' logo and Ramsey's brand "2.0." Members of the Jaguars' support staff attending the availability wore bucket hats, visors and caps from the same series, which feature the Jaguars' logo and flowery bright designs as well as "Duuvaaal."

"You like the hats?" Ramsey said. "The hats are a little partnership with Fanatics and New Era. They will be sold in the team store, and we have all the proceeds going to me and my pops' foundation: Ramsey's Reach. So, it will be nice if everybody goes and buys some hats.

"We have a variety of different colors and combinations."

Ramsey was asked if he planned to go into fashion design following football.

"That ain't really me," he said. "For these hats, though? Yeah."

Ramsey said Ramsey's Reach benefits youth in Jacksonville and Tennessee. Ramsey grew up in Tennessee and attended Brentwood Academy.

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