Three Jaguars On The PUP List, Should We Be Worried?

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Jalen Ramsey
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Jalen Ramsey /

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed three players on the physically unable to perform list recently. Should Jaguars fans be worried?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed Aaron Colvin and Jalen Ramsey on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list due to lingering injuries. Fullback Marquez Williams is on the PUP list for an unknown reason. Since training camp opens soon, should Jaguars fans be worried?

For those unfamiliar with the PUP list, it is explained as:

"The following is the list of players on the 2017 NFL Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list. Players placed on the PUP list may not practice or play for the first six weeks of the season. After the sixth week of the season, the team must do one of the following within the next six weeks:1. Allow the player to return to practice2. Place the player on Injured Reserve3. Release the playerIf the player returns to practice, the team has 3 weeks to decide whether to place him on the active roster or place him on the injured reserve list."

Since all three players were designated prior to training camp, they can be activated once they are medically cleared to practice. Keeping Colvin and Ramsey out of contact, until medically cleared, makes sense. But, why is Williams on the PUP list?

In my opinion, it would be interesting to consider that Williams might possibly be on his way out the door. His contract only is guaranteed for $71,236. He could get cut with a medical settlement. Tommy Bohanon would be the Jaguars fullback. This, of course, is complete speculation before training camp would provide the Jags the opportunity to evaluate both players.

Colvin finished last season on the injured reserve list due to ankle injury. He missed all of OTAs and minicamp. He might see Jalen Myrick replace him on the depth chart as he impresses.

Why Jaguars Fans Should Be Worried About Jalen Ramsey’s Injury

First, Ramsey is an irreplaceable talent. There are not many true lock down cornerbacks but he is one. He is capable of shutting down the opponent’s go-to receiver each game.

Next, the nature of his injury makes him susceptible to re-injury due to him playing cornerback. Having to stretch out to knock down a pass or quickly changing directions at top speed, puts stress on his core muscles. Jacksonville needs him for the regular season.

Finally, Jacksonville needs Ramsey to win the AFC South. He should not rush back to play but allow the injury to completely heal. The Jaguars can not afford for him to re-injure himself in training camp.