The intrigue continues around disgruntled Jags defensive back Jalen Ramsey and his status for Sunday’s home game with the New Orleans Saints.
Ramsey is officially listed as “questionable” for Friday afternoon by the team after participating on a limited basis, again, with what he and the team insists is a bad back.
ESPN Jaguars beat writer Mike DiRocco reported that Ramsey will be receiving treatment both Friday afternoon and Saturday to make sure he can play for the first time since the Jaguars defeated the Titans three weeks ago on Thursday night football:
Jags' Ramsey to have treatments, questionable https://t.co/NundhvEfwV
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) October 11, 2019
“He’s been able to progress a little bit,” Jags coach Doug Marrone said Friday after practice. “He’s out there working hard trying to get more and more done each day. Today we got a little bit more done than yesterday. So we’re just taking it step by step.”
We continue to write and qualify the “back injury” that Ramsey has, because of the soap opera that Ramsey and the team have undergone, since he requested to be traded a month ago.
This includes, Ramsey and his agent telling the team he had “the flu” two weeks ago, but then, the team also excusing him two days later to be with his girlfriend for the birth of a second child.
Ramsey then, rejoined the team three days later, flew to Denver (with the supposed bad back) and then, was inactive for the first time in his Jacksonville career. Then, he flew all the way back to North Florida with the team late that night.
Next, after not practicing last week with the listed “back injury,” Ramsey flew to Houston instead of accompanying the Jags to Charlotte. The team announced that he was excused to see a back specialist on Monday, but Ramsey was also photographed on social media socializing with Texans QB Deshaun Watson on Sunday evening after Houston’s home win earlier that day.
This cast further doubt about the seriousness of the “back problems” vs. him wanting out of Jacksonville. And, the Jags trying to figure out a trade vs. risking injury by playing him, etc.
Ramsey returned to practice Wednesday. And then, Jags owner Shad Khan said in an interview with the financial website, “The Street” on Thursday that Ramsey will be playing Sunday after he and his disgruntled Pro Bowl defensive back had met and cleared the air this week.
Now, we stay tuned to find out if Ramsey will be on the field Sunday afternoon?
The Jaguars certainly could use him to help cover one of the top pass catchers in the NFL right now, in Saints WR Michael Thomas.
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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