View from the O-Zone: A welcome sight

JACKSONVILLE – Now, this was a welcome sight.

Jalen Ramsey practiced Saturday – on a limited basis, at least.

After he practiced, he talked to the media.

Both happenings were big news at EverBank Field Saturday. It had been a while since the second-year cornerback did either. And know this: few things are more welcome around the Jaguars than seeing Ramsey back in full uniform and full pads.

“It was cool,” Ramsey said Saturday following the team’s Day 13 2017 Training Camp practice on the practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field.

Cool? Darned right it was cool seeing Ramsey Saturday. Really, really cool.

If he’s not the Jaguars’ best player, he’s close.

If he’s not their biggest star, he’s close – and if the Jaguars are going to be the defense many expect, he needs to be on the field. So, even if there never has been a lot of worry that Ramsey would miss any regular-season time …

Yeah, Saturday was a welcome sight.

Ramsey, who spent the first two weeks of 2017 Training Camp on the physically unable to perform list after mid-June core surgery, said he doesn’t yet know when he will practice full. Head Coach Doug Marrone didn’t offer specifics on that front on Saturday, either.

“I just think the first plan: it’s the first time he’s been out there, so let’s see how he does in individual and communicate with him, see where he’s at, how he feels and then just take it day-by-day and see how he develops,” Marrone said.

Here’s what Ramsey does know:

While the Jaguars’ secondary has been less than full strength during training camp because of injuries to him and nickel corner Aaron Colvin, the group will be ready when the Jaguars visit the Houston Texans at on September 10 in the regular-season opener.

Of that, Ramsey has no doubt.

“We’re going to be ready for opening day,” Ramsey said. “I can’t talk about day-to-day, but I’ll let you know that we’ll be ready for that. I’ll promise you that.”


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