Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has admitted that he expects Baltimore Ravens pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue to be "out for blood" when he meets his ex-team Jaguars. Ngakoue, who was taken by the Jaguars in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft, forced his way out of Jacksonville earlier this year after publicly voicing his displeasure several times.
Ngakoue was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, where he appeared in several games, before he was sent to the Ravens. Ngakoue was to dissatisfied with the Jaguars and he wanted so badly out of Jacksonville that he took a $5.8 million pay cut to facilitate a trade to the Vikings.
"Now Yannick's going to be out for blood," Minshew said, as quoted on ESPN.
Ngakoue doesn't want to make it about himself
Ngakoue doesn't want to make the game about himself as he simply said that he is treating as "just another game."
The Vikings own a 6-7 record but they still have a chance of making the playoffs. "I'm just treating it as another game," Ngakoue said. "We need the rest of these wins to get to where we need to get to.
At the end of the day, I had my time with Jacksonville, you know that's not a secret. At the end of the day, I'm just going to treat it like another game, another Sunday." Ngakoue hasn't been especially productive in Baltimore so far, collecting only one sack and one quarterback hit in seven games.
"Sometimes, that's how the game is," Ngakoue said. "But they come in bunches when they roll in. You got to continue to have a mindset of 'I can't give up. I won't stop. I'll keep rushing regardless.'
" But Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale is confident that Ngakoue will eventually figure it all out. "You continue to see him just get closer and closer to being a Raven and executing the packages," Ravens defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale said.
Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell, who played for the Jaguars three years, is also set to take on his ex-team. "I've been in contact with a bunch of the guys over there, just because in football, you develop a brotherhood and friendship," Campbell said.
"So, a lot of those guys I'm real, real tight with. So it's going to be fun competing and talking trash along the way and having some fun with the old team."