For the second consecutive week the Jaguars will be without their best defensive back, as the team has already ruled out Pro Bowl corner, Jalen Ramsey, for this week’s game in Carolina.
Head coach Doug Marrone confirmed post Friday practice that Ramsey will be out of action, as he’s not been able to practice this week:
Jalen Ramsey ruled out vs. Panthers
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) October 4, 2019
This only fuels speculation that there is more to Ramsey’s absence than just the back injury. Specifically the bizarre soap opera antics of a week ago. That’s when Ramsey first told the team that he had “the flu” on Monday, while also being treated for the back and ankle problems stemming from the Thursday night game with Tennessee.
The fourth year Corner, then showed up on the injury report, while not practicing last Wednesday, 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 Sunday afternoon’s game.
Most read into that that Ramsey would have an opportunity to play in last Sunday’s matchup, but it turns out he was inactive and never suited up, as the Jaguars won dramatically 26 – 24 over the Broncos.
Of course the argument can also be been made that Ramsey should not have been on a long plane ride from Jacksonville to Denver and then from Denver back to Jacksonville with a bad back, if he never really had any shot to play in the game on Sunday.
Further, if the back is bad enough that he’s not been able to practice this entire week, then flying him to Denver and back seems even sillier. So, it all calls into question whether Ramsay’s requested trade of three weeks ago is the overriding real reason why he’s not playing.
To further add to the soap opera, we wrote earlier this week the Jaguars owner Shad Khan has weighed in and that he is not inclined to trade Ramsey in the short-term. Still, if the team were to receive a significant offer prior to the upcoming trading deadline later this month, the owner may be inclined to move him.
That’s an unknown.
What is known is Ramsey is out and the Jaguars will start Tre Herndon in Ramsey’s place, again this week. Herndon and the Jaguars secondary did give up some big pass plays to the Broncos, a week ago, including Joe Flacco throwing for 300+ yards and WR Courtland Sutton’s go ahead touchdown with just over a minute remaining in the game.
The Jaguars will be facing Carolina backup quarterback Kyle Allen, who is 2 – 0 as a starter in place of their injured star, Cam Newton. And, while Carolina hasn’t been throwing the ball deep very much in his first two starts, they make try to pass downfield more in Ramsey’s abscence.
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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