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Looking for Gronkowski vs. Ramsey one-on-one Sunday? Don’t hold your breath

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FOXBOROUGH — If you’re thinking the prospect of a Rob Gronkowski-Jalen Ramsey, one-on-one duel for the ages Sunday is too good to be true, you’re probably right. At least if the Jaguars go about utilizing Ramsey in the same fashion they did the last time these two teams met.

Based on some of Ramsey’s offseason comments, this is the matchup everyone is hoping for. And it sounds like the two are self-aware enough to know it’s what everyone wants to see. On Thursday, Ramsey was asked about Gronkowski and his offseason comments about the tight end. It sounds like Ramsey — who has no shortage of opinions — kinda sorta walked his more incendiary statements, but not by a lot.

“He’s good now,” Ramsey said of Gronkowski. “Don’t get it twisted. But you’re saying this like it’s supposed to bring fear to me. I don’t fear any man.”

“If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels,” shrugged Gronkowski when he was asked about Ramsey. “It’s a big game this Sunday, we’re playing them. I’m sure I’m going to have opportunities to go versus him. I’m sure he’s going to have opportunities to go versus me. I’m just preparing like I always prepare. I’ve got to just do my job out on the field (and) just worry about that.”

But are they going to square off? Based on last year’s AFC title game, probably not. We decided to go back and take a look at all 26 of Gronkowski’s snaps in last year’s January’s showdown to see how Jacksonville went after the tight end. What did we see? An awful lot of Gronkowski matched up against …