JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The Jacksonville Jagons are not giving up on disgruntled quarterback Jalen Ramsay.
The Jags would prefer to keep their star angle after a few days of trading talks with other NFL teams, according to someone close to the situation. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday, as details of the trade talks were not discussed publicly. The decision came amid a much-needed 20-7 victory over Tennessee.
Ramsey embraced several fellow backs after the win, seeming to say goodbye to what many believed would be his last game with Jacksonville (1-2). Behind the scenes, however, teammates, coaches and front office members have been working to try to repair Ramsey's fractured relationship with the franchise, in particular with senior executive Tom Couglin.
Jacksonville told Ramsey during the off-season that he did not plan to pay him with two years left for his groundbreaking deal.
Los Angeles Reines Jared Goff, Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz and Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott – three of the four players selected before Ramsay in the 2016 NFL draft already have signed extensions.
Although Ramsay causes as much headache for his team as he does opponents, there is no doubt that the Jagi will have a hard time replacing him – even if they get two initial trade choices.
"My focus is so high on one thing that I'm really trying to avoid all the things that happen around me," said coach Doug Marrone, whose heated exchange with Ramsey in Houston served as a catalyst for the player's trade claim. "I was just focused on really helping players, really helping this team, winning football games. All the other things – you guys know me better than anyone – my social skills are not very good.
Minshew Mania is trending in Jacksonville.
Rookie Gardner Minshew threw two touchdown passes against Tennessee and would have had a third if it hadn't been for a drop in the end zone. He is already a favorite after three games, with some fans chanting his name every time he steps on the field, while others adorn fake mustaches and bandanas to imitate his signature style.
"Nothing shakes this kid," Marrone said. "He is really good at communication and I think he is really good at preparing and making sure there are no surprises for him. It's just a man who has a manic work ethic. "
Jacksonville's main game is mostly bleak.
Leonard Fournett carried 11 times in minus 8 yards before breaking 69 yards late Thursday, Marrone said the offensive line was a bit off
"We're not doing a good enough job up front," Marrone said. I have no problem with how Leonard works and tries. I think he might be trying too much He has the ability to be a great player, but we have to do a lot better work everywhere. … We have to do this thing. "
Jacksonville's defense kept divisional enemies Houston and Tennessee to a combined 20 points while recording 13 sacks. Calle Campbell had three of the nine sacks on the texas, with Josh Allen, Dawan Smoot and Tawan Brian also clutching.
"When looking at successful defensive lines, it's about waves and how you can carry them into waves and keep them fresh and keep going," Marrone said.
Grandpa Westbrook had three drops on Thursday. including one in the end zone with no quarterbacks in. Westbrook was expected to be the No. 1 target on the team, but DJ Chark and Chris Conley were more consistent options. NFL.
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