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Bill Belichick, Patriots not interested in trash-talk battle with Jaguars: 'We know when the game starts'

Ryan Hannable
September 12, 2018 - 1:31 pm

FOXBORO -- Ever since the AFC championship game, there's been a lot of talk from the Jacksonville players about the game, some believing they should have won.

The talk continued this summer when cornerback Jalen Ramsey gave an interview to ESPN where he said Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn't good.

“I don’t think Gronk’s good,” Ramsey said. “Let me say – I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”

Speaking to the media Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, Bill Belichick was reminded of what's been said by the Jaguars players and asked if he needs to remind his players not to engage in any of it.

“Look, we know when the game starts," Belichick said. "We’ll be ready to go and I am sure they will, too. We’ll see what happens. Right now we’re focused on our preparation for the game. I have a lot of respect for Coach Marrone, their coaching staff, their players, their team. Hopefully we’ll be ready to go.”

Last week, Gronkowski was asked about Ramsey's comments, but didn't respond saying he was focused on the Texans. Although he did add he knows the question will be asked again this week.

It's unlikely the Patriots will engage in any of the trash-talk, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the players have been reminded of what's been said.

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