JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There’s been a lot of buzz around Jaguars’ cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey. After spending 12 seasons playing cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ike Taylor knows a thing or two about the position. He feels that Bouye and Ramsey are the best cornerback tandem in the league.
Although receiving recognition from those who’ve played in the NFL is one of the highest honors for current players, Bouye isn’t buying into the press clippings.
“Just shows that we’re getting respect from former DBs, but we know what we’re up against,” said Bouye. “We can’t really focus on things like that. All we can do is focus on how we make plays to help our team. They have great tandems everywhere. It’s more than just our two corners, we have a d-line, our backers and our safeties too.”
Thursday was the first time that Bouye participated in the Jaguars organized team activities. He missed the four previous sessions due to an undisclosed injury. Although it was only one practice, Bouye already has an idea of how his style matches with Ramsey.
"At the end of the day, I feel that he makes plays and I make plays,” said Bouye. “I know he’s more athletic as far as he’s longer. If you say that, I’m 6-feet. At the end of the day, he gets his hands a lot on balls and everything. I just emphasize to him that there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be an All-Pro corner this year. Just take advantage of every rep. Just learn from it and just keep getting better. That’s one thing that he’s doing, even on the field and in film room.”
Bouye isn’t the only new face in the Jaguars secondary. Barry Church is expected to start at strong safety, opposite of Tashaun Gipson who will be entering his second season with the Jaguars at free safety. Including Ramsey in that group, the four have yet to practice together, but Bouye feels it will be a smooth transition.
“I don’t think it took too long based on the simple fact that we talk so much football even when we’re not on the field, in film, even in the locker room,” said Bouye. “I tell them about one thing about something we ran in Houston and formation recognition and how to anticipate things. I’m even talking to the younger guys out there today, even stuff that helped me to transition to a better corner. Just implementing everything in their game and just trying to learn something from everybody too.”