At 0 – 2, the Jaguars can take any good news coming their way, right now. And, it looks like they’re getting some on the injured player front.
With a short practice week before Thursday night showdown with division rival Tennessee, the Jaguars welcomed back three key players to practice on Tuesday:
Tuesday’s injury report pic.twitter.com/f46Rfbophg
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) September 17, 2019
Jacksonville put out the official injury report Tuesday afternoon that showed wide receiver Marqise Lee, left tackle Cam Robinson, and best pass-rushing defensive end, Yannick Ngakoue were all able to fully practice, Thus, it’s a strong indication that all three will likely give it a try to start in this battle with the Titans at TIAA Bank Field.
Both Robinson and Lee have been unable to play in the first two games with their knee injuries. Robinson had fully recovered from an ACL tear last September on his left knee, but suffered a right knee sprain during practice prior to week one that has sidelined him. Robinson, a former second round pick out of Alabama, would be an upgrade at the all important blindside line position.
Lee also suffered an ACL injury in the preseason a year ago and went on injured reserve. However, it looks as though he’s ready to make his debut in this matchup. Jacksonville is looking to add Lee’s dimension of speed to the likes of D.J. Chark and DeDe Westbrook.
Ngakoue, who held out briefly earlier in training camp, but didn’t get a new deal, experienced hamstring tightness coming off the Chiefs game in week one. And, he was held out of last week’s 13 – 12 loss at Houston. He’s been Jacksonville’s best pass-rusher over his three-year career accumulating 29.5 sacks (9.5 in 2018) and 70 quarterback hits during his time.
It appears that the Jags will be without defensive back A.J. Bouye for a second straight game, as he suffered a hip injury in week one, was inactive against the Texans and again limited on Tuesday. He could attempt to play on the short week on Thursday, but coach Doug Marrone and staff may want to rest him another week.
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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