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CB Jalen Ramsey on Ravens' Steve Smith: Don't respect him as a man

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nearly 1,000 career receptions and being ranked in the top 10 of the NFL's all-time receiving yardage list cuts no weight with Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

The fifth overall pick and Ravens receiver Steve Smith got into an exchange on the field after Baltimore's 19-17 victory on Sunday and had to be separated. Ramsey said he thinks Smith was upset because of the way Ramsey was covering him, and said he has no respect for the 37-year-old receiver.

"Ya'll tell me who got in whose head," Ramsey said. "He came up to me after the game, you feel me? Y'all tell me who got in whose head. He's an old man acting like that.

"Ain't nobody worried about him. He came up to me, you know what I'm saying, on some disrespectful stuff. The game's over with. You still mad 'cause I was locking you up? All right, go sleep on that. I ain't trying to hear that after the game."

Smith, who declined to speak with the Baltimore media after the game, caught eight passes for 87 yards. He had four of those catches in the fourth quarter, including a 5-yarder to convert a fourth-and-2 on the Ravens' game-winning drive.

The impetus of the postgame exchange may have come with little more than three minutes to play, when Ramsey and Smith were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an altercation after Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny intercepted Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

"It is what it is," Ramsey said. "As a player, he's still a good player. I'll say that about him. But I don't respect him as a man."