The Jacksonville Jaguars got the news they wanted to hear on Tuesday when it was announced that the team’s first-round draft pick, Jalen Ramsey would only be out six weeks, just in time for the team’s training camp to begin.
In laymen’s terms, that means the tear to the meniscus in his knee is considered a minor surgical procedure.
John Oehser of Jaguars.com wrote:
“Ramsey, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, underwent successful surgery Tuesday after sustaining what the team called a “small tear” in his right meniscus during Phase 2 of the Jaguars’ offseason program.”
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It was the belief all along since it was announced that the defensive back had injured himself that he would be able to still play a considerable amount of football for the team this season.
Ramsey and free agent defensive backs Price Amukamara and Tashaun Gipson are expected to help a unit that was one of the worst when it came to pass defense and interceptions last season.
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“It sounds like come training camp he should be ready to go full go,” head coach Gus Bradley said Tuesday.
The Jaguars were shocked the FSU star was still available with the fifth pick, when he had been slotted as the top player on many draft boards.
The San Diego Chargers selecting Joey Bosa and the Dallas Cowboys plucking Ezekiel Elliott early helped Jacksonville land a player they had at or near the top of their own draft list.
The team added Myles Jack in the second round to help solidify the linebacking unit and has last year’s first-round draft pick, defensive end Dante Fowler, returning from a season-ending injury to help shore up the entire defense.
According to Oehser, Bradley heard the news that the surgery on Ramsey’s knee was successful, and the prognosis for recovery, from team general manager David Caldwell
In typical Bradley fashion, he could not have been happier to get that kind of report:
“That’s great news,” Bradley said. “That’s outstanding. That’s what we had hoped for. We knew all of the scenarios, but going back and looking how he handled it: very maturely. I’m really excited for him.”
The Jaguars are currently involved in OTAs and will work with both rookies and veterans. The team spent the majority of this offseason working to improve a defense that was ranked 30th in the NFL last season.