Despite some fearing the worst, Jaguars first round pick Jalen Ramsey should be back in time for training camp.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fanbase let out a collective sigh when news broke of number 5 overall pick Jalen Ramsey tearing his meniscus in the early part of offseason activities. Although the general response was overreaction, it’s hard to blame the fans after what happened to 2015 first round pick Dante Fowler Jr.
Luckily the situation is much different with Ramsey – the stud defensive back had successful surgery and will be back for training camp.
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if Ramsey missed a little bit of time, it’s great to have a rookie not miss too much practice time. Ramsey is likely going to be asked to rely mostly on his instincts and athleticism as a rookie, primarily covering outside receivers. Ramsey will also likely see some time at slot corner and safety in 3- and 4-wide receiver packages.
Ramsey’s injury was classified as a “minor” tear of the meniscus, although it wasn’t disclosed where the actual tear on the meniscus occurred. The timetable for such an injury varies from a few weeks to several months, but it’s a fair assumption to make that the team is taking a precautionary route with Ramsey. While the team doesn’t want him to miss a lot of practice time, it’s significantly more important to make sure he’s healthy for the start of the season.
Still, it will be interesting to see what the cornerback rotation is going to look like over the next few months and even into the preseason. Ramsey and Davon House are the presumed starters, but Prince Amukamara has a chance to show he’s worthy of starting. The backend of the rotation also has questions, as Dwayne Gratz, Demetrius McCray, and Nick Marshall are all likely fighting for a roster spot.