Not even a month after being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars, CB Jalen Ramsey has reportedly suffered a small meniscus tear. The young prospect is looking for a second opinion on the injury, but the outlook does not appear promising. This would be the second time that Ramsey would have experienced an injury on the same knee.
Think back to this time last year, Jaguars first round selection Dante Fowler Jr. tears his ACL on the first day of mini-camp, now this! It has certainly been an unlucky last two seasons for the Jaguars, but with the amount of additions the franchise has made over the last few years, they should be in good shape to compete in the AFC South (It has been so long since I have said those words).
If the injury does tend to be as serious as previously believed, Ramsey has a couple routes he could go that would put a question mark on his time-table for return. One of the surgical processes would sideline him for four to six weeks. The other surgery would keep him out until atleast October.
Although the Jaguars made some moves to improve their defense, the secondary could still be in trouble if Ramsey misses a significant amount of time or returns at a level less than they expected. The top two CBs would be Davon House and Aaron Colvin, neither of which have proved to be exceptional at the position. House has never really been more than a number three CB in Green Bay, but Colvin did start 15 of the 16 games for Jacksonville last season.
The good thing for Jacksonville is that they still have a TON of cap space. When I say a TON, I don’t mean a measly $20 million or something along those lines. This team still has over $50 million in cap space! There are still capable cornerbacks in the Free Agent market. Antonio Cromartie and Leon Hall may be aging veterans, but they are CBs who will compete for a starting job on this team.
Ramsey’s near future may be in question, but there are still options for one of the up-and-coming team’s in the NFL today.