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Jags corner Jalen Ramsey back at practice

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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.

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.

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.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue hinting he’s gone again?

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One of the key free-agent questions for the Jaguars continues to be whether or not they’re going to allow their best pass rusher, Yannick Ngakoue, to test the free-agent market coming up? And, once again, the player may be giving a clue that he’s going to do just that.

Ngakoue tweeted Wednesday morning the following phrase, which seems to indicate, yet again, that he will be playing somewhere else in 2020:

This goes along with something that we wrote earlier in January. That’s when just a couple of days after the season Ngakoue posted essentially a goodbye message to Jaguar fans. This came on the heels of him having held out for a new contract for the first few days of training camp last August, but not receiving a new deal during the season, etc.

Ngakoue, whose 37.5 career sacks are the most by a Jaguars player after 63 career games, is sure to be a sought-after player from many different teams. GM Dave Caldwell said at the end of the season when asked about re-sgning his star pass rusher, “He is a tremendous player and even a better person. How he handled his business this year was tremendous. But, I would say that’s priority No. 1, to make sure he comes back to Jacksonville. Hopefully, we can get that done. ″

It’s also worth noting that at Tuesday’s NFL Scouting Combine at media availability in Indianapolis, coach Doug Marrone repeated that he wants Ngakoue to remain in Jaguars teal and white:

However, it remains to be seen if Marrone and Caldwell are willing to “pony up” huge money for him or even potentially,  put the franchise tag on him before free agency begins next month?

Ngakoue figures to want a contract close to what the top ends are getting paid right now. Demarcus Lawrence and Frank Clark both signed five-year, over $100 million deals in 2019 and received guaranteed money that exceeded $62 million. That is massive for Jacksonville.

If the Jags opt for the “franchise tag,” then the talented end will be making around $19 million dollars, which is the current average of the top five players at his position. The Jaguars could also put the tag on him and then work on a longer term, salary cap friendly, deal that would replace the tag later in the off season.

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Jaguars confirm they are declining option on DT Dareus

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At Tuesday’s media session at the NFL Scouting Combine, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell made official what had been rumored for the last couple of days regarding defensive tackle Marcell Dareus: he will not be brought back for a fourth season in Jacksonville.

Caldwell was a specifically asked about Dareus’ status and gave a quick answer is part of his Q&A session:

Dareus only played briefly in 2019, as he suffered a core muscle injury that sidelined him after only six games and he was placed on injured reserve. The former number one pick of the Buffalo Bills had played for coach Doug Marrone for a couple of seasons in Western New York.

Marrone and Caldwell traded for Dareus during the 2017 season and he helped them with their rise to the AFC South title and two playoff wins. This included Darius registering two sacks and four other tackles-for-loss in the Jaguars three playoff games that year.

Dareus made the Pro Bowl twice in Buffalo in 2013-14.

However, he has not lived up to his hefty contract that was reworked Jacksonville last February. Last season, Dareus made over $8 million dollars and the team would have been on the hook for $20 million this year had they picked up the option. That obviously wasn’t going to happen.

Dareus also has had legal troubles off the field, including a civil suit against him in Tampa for alleged sexual misconduct. As we wrote previously, a woman alleged that Dareus had sexually assaulted her in January of 2018 at a North Tampa Florida home, while Dareus was in town for the Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff Championship Game.

However, that suit filed in Hillsborough County court was “dismissed with prejudice” last April, which means it cannot be re-filed.

Dareus, if healthy after the core muscle injury rehab, may have some value as a defensive tackle on the free agent market.

As for the Jaguars, they have former #1 pick defensive tackle Taven Bryan to play more in the middle and are trying to decide if free agent-to-be, DE Yannick Ngakoue, can be afforded for their 2020 salary cap?

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