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Weekly observations: The Jalen Ramsey injury really, really sucks

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It's time for some more weekly observations about the Jacksonville Jaguars from Hank!

1. The Ramsey injury really sucks. More so in principle than reality.

Jalen Ramsey tearing his meniscus really, really sucks. Would it suck as much if Dante Fowler never got hurt last year? Doubtful. But Fowler did get hurt. This is just more salt in the wound.

In reality, the Ramsey injury is likely not a huge deal. There is a chance he doesn't actually miss any significant time. There is a chance he still can play all 16 games. We won't really know until next week, but even the worst case scenarios don't sound terrible.

That doesn't make it suck any less. By the time Ramsey sees the field, which will be much sooner than later, all of the hand-wringing and misery that every Jaguars fan is going through right now will go away.

But until then, it still sucks. A lot.

2. What if Ramsey does miss time?

If the worst comes to worst and Ramsey does miss a few games, how does the defensive backfield shakeup?

Well, they still have 2 very serviceable starters in Davon House and Prince Amukamara. The outside corner spots should not be a very big worry if Ramsey misses time. The nickel corner spot would likely be manned by Dwayne Gratz early on though since Aaron Colvin is missing the first 4 games with a suspension.

House/Prince/Gratz is an upgrade over last years House/Colvin/Gratz, but the sooner we can get House/Ramsey/Prince/Colvin, the better.

3. I don't see a problem with the RG3 article.

Jason Reid of ESPN wrote a really in-depth and interesting piece on why exactly RG3 had the downfall he did in Washington. I know it is the 100,000th article of this nature, but this was a good one.

My overall issue is the part of it that so many seem to harp on to paint RG3 as entitled and arrogant is serving as a double standard.

Feb. 5, 2013 — Griffin called for a meeting. He declined to tell Mike Shanahan what he wanted to discuss, saying only it was important. Griffin, Mike and Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur gathered in the offensive meeting room at the team headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia. With the coaches seated, Griffin walked to a blackboard and wrote:

Change things.

Change our protections.


Bottom line.

Griffin instructed the coaches to let him speak uninterrupted and rolled through a list of grievances, stressing that substantive changes had to occur immediately. Scrap the pass protection scheme and start over, Griffin demanded. There were 19 plays — primarily those from the 50-series and quarterback draws — that were unacceptable. Griffin, who supported his presentation with video clips of each play, expected them to be deleted from the playbook. Bottom line, Griffin said, he was a drop-back quarterback — not a running quarterback.

If Kirk Cousins or many other quarterbacks did this, they would get lauded for it. What is the issue with a quarterbacksaying there are things the team can do to make him and the whole offense play better? Just a really weird thing to poke at.

It is very much still worth a read.

4. Dominique Easley and dying on hills.

Dominique Easley signed with the Los Angeles Rams this week on a one-year deal and the takes flew.

"He was better than Donald coming out."

"Easley and Donald could be the best defensive tackle duo in the NFL."

Okay. Sure.

Many of these takes flew from people who were enamored with Easley before the draft. I think dying on the hill on an injury riddled player who has had character issues since college is a bit much, though. Let's see if the signing actually brings anything. I am doubtful it does.

5. Weekly follow suggestion.

Danny Kelly (@DannyBKelly) ran Field Gulls for SBNation and is one of the nicest guys in the SBNation Twitterverse who is always open to interact and is now moving onto a new position with The Ringer, a Bill Simons project. He is an awesome dude. He also drops nuggets like these.