Saturday afternoon, the Jaguars made the procedural move of putting young stud DB Jalen Ramsey on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, in advance their training camp opening next Thursday.
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Ramsey had suddenly announced himself in June that he had undergone surgery after the team’s OTAs, and it was later revealed it was for a “core muscle” injury that is not believed to jeopardize any part of the regular season.
So, why the PUP designation, you ask?
The reason is that it protects the team down the road if Ramsey is unable to play due to a setback in rehab, etc., but more importantly, it allows them to use his roster spot in the short term for another player.
More than likely, the Jaguars will bring the third year man from FSU along slowly with an aim to let him try to play in the second or the third preseason games next month. Then again, they may go totally cautious and keep him out of psuedo-live action of NFL preseason to have him ready for real games in September.
The risk with that strategy is that you want him to get “live” reps against opponents if possible, as soon as he’s ready to go. Jacksonville will also host the Buccaneers for a couple of days of practice prior to that second preseason game. And, that may be the perfect time to activate Ramsey and let him work in slowly for rest of August to be ready for season.
Clearly, he’s a big part of the back end of the Jags defensive plans and they are counting on him being a dependable “lock down” corner not just this year, but for several years to come. So, coach Doug Marrone and the front office will be cautious, but want him ready to go.