Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was spotted heading into to practice on Wednesday. This is the first time he’s been on the filed with his teammates in over two weeks. However, his status for their game this weekend against the Saints is still undetermined.
Jalen Ramsey heading to the practice field.
— Jamal St. Cyr (@JStCyrTV) October 9, 2019
His participation in practice today was limited due to his ongoing problems with his back that has apparently been the reason he’s been sidelined for the past two Sundays.
Potentially significant news: #Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey is expected to attempt to practice today in very limited fashion. He’ll likely do individual drills, two days after he saw a specialist for his back.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 9, 2019
While Ramsey and the Jags are sticking with the story that he is out solely because of his back, there is huge speculation that there is more to Ramsey’s absence. Specifically, the bizarre soap opera antics that began a couple of weeks ago, when Ramsey first told the team that he had “the flu” while also being treated for the back and ankle problems stemming from their game with Tennessee.
The fourth year corner, then showed up on the injury report, while not practicing later that week, and then later in the day, the team excused Ramsey to be with his girlfriend for the birth of their second child. They gave no timetable for Ramsey’s return, but then he was with the team Saturday, as they flew to Denver for their matchup with the Broncos. However, he was inactive and never suited up, as the Jaguars won dramatically 26 – 24 over the Broncos.
For the second consecutive week, the Jaguars went without their best defensive back for their game against Carolina. Ramsey was spotted hanging out with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson Sunday afternoon in Houston, as the Jags game was taking place in Charlotte. However, he was also there to see a back specialist for his injury on Monday.
This looming question question remains: whether or not Ramsey it’s going to be in a Jaguar uniform much longer? He’s made no secret that he has requested a trade looking to leave the franchise that drafted him in the first round in 2016.
As we previously wrote, it appears the Jaguars are not inclined to deal Ramsey at the moment, probably because they don’t like the compensation package that has been offered by other teams. We further reported that a source told us Ramsey does not have a major problem with Coach Doug Marrone. His bigger issue is with VP of Football Tom Coughlin, who will ultimately be in charge of whether Ramsey gets a long-term massive contract extension with the Jaguars.
Jags HC Doug Marrone spoke with the media Wednesday and said specialist’s report aligned with what the teams doctors were seeing with Ramsey’s injury, and that for right now, he’s day to day. He was officially listed as “limited” Wednesday.
It’s definitely good news for the Jacksonville to have him back out on the field, but, there still plenty of reason to believe he could be suiting up for another team by the time his back is completely healed.
For now, Ramsey is slated to face one of the top receivers in the NFC in Michael Thomas of the Saints, who burned the Bucs Sunday for 11 catches, 182 yards and 2 TDs.
Jaguars to get Nick Foles back to practice
The Jaguars are in need of some positive news and it looks like they have some regarding injured quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles, who’s been out since an injury in game one, will apparently be back at practice starting next week
Coach Doug Marrone told the media Friday that their prized free agent acquisition is anxious to get back:
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he thinks QB Nick Foles will be able to return to practice on Wednesday, which keeps Foles on track for a potential return on Nov. 17. Foles has been our since Week 1 with a broken collarbone. https://t.co/w1byEk6jmi
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) October 18, 2019
Foles was injured in the first quarter of the Jaguars opening game with the Kansas City Chiefs suffering a fractured left collarbone. And, the team has been aiming for him to be back at some point in the middle of the season.
ESPN’s Jaguars beat reporter Mike DiRocco’s tweet references that it apparently be the November 17th game with the Colts, as the goal.
In Foles is absence, Jacksonville has turned rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew. Minshew has become somewhat of a cult phenomenon in North Florida leading Jacksonville to a couple of wins including a dramatic last-second victory in week four in Denver. The team further embraced Minshew by passing out some 30,000 replica mustaches at last week’s home game with the Saints, to like what the rookie sports as part of his image.
Minshew, however, had a tough time with the Saints defense throwing for only 14 of 29 for 163 yards without a TD and an INT. He’s expected to have an easier time with the 0-6 hapless Bengals this Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Jags have optimism that Foles will be able to spark them in the second half of the season.
Jacksonville landed Foles in free agency this past March of his Super Bowl winning performance two years ago and did so, by guaranteeing him $50 million on a four-year contract. That’s the richest deal that the Jags have never given to a quarterback in their 25-year franchise history.
And, they have hoped all along that his veteran leadership and downfield passing arm will provide their offensive some needed help.
Jaguars VP Coughlin on Ramsey trade- “time came to move on”
The Jaguars have made the decision to part with problem Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey and Wednesday morning the team made its first statement about it.
Jacksonville VP of football Tom Coughlin released a statement through the team website and social media about the deal they made with the Rams for the disgruntled Ramsey:
Statement from Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin. pic.twitter.com/W3wdjinyOZ
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 16, 2019
As we wrote Tuesday night, Coughlin and Ramsey not seeing eye to eye basically forced a move to be made. However, the Jaguars should be credited, as they waited and got two number one picks, as well as a mid-round pick in return for a player that has previously been an All-Pro at his position.
The soap opera boiled over in week two, when Ramsey got into things on the sidelines with coach Doug Marrone over Marrone not challenging a completion to receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whom Ramsey had been covering.
As we had been told at that time Ramsey and Marrone and cleared the air. However, his bigger problem had been with Coughlin and a meeting they had after the Houston game led Ramsey to demand a trade. This as, Coughlin would ultimately be in charge of approving a long-term contract extension for Ramsey be on this year, and that wasn’t going to be likely.
The Jaguars and the Rams also completed a big trade a year ago when Jacksonville dealt away defensive end and former top five pick, Dante Fowler, for third and fifth round picks in return. Fowler went on to have a good year down the stretch in L.A. and ended up helping them make the Super Bowl.
Ramsey also comes to Hollywood at a bargain in the short term for the Rams, as he is only making the prorated remainder of his $2.4 million salary for this year.
The Rams and GM Les Snead can also decide to keep Ramsey for his fifth year option at $13.7 million for 2020.
And, the Rams cleared some salary-cap room, and at Ramsey’s position, when they traded defensive back Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens earlier on Tuesday. L.A. is in the “win now” mode, and not only did not have a first-round pick this past draft, but also do not have one in the next two drafts after the deal for Ramsey.
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