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Jaguars Place WR Jaydon Mickens on IR, Re-Sign WR Rashad Greene

The Jaguars have placed wide receiver Jaydon Mickens on injured reserve Monday and re-signed wideout Rashad Greene according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.com.

Mickens fractured his ankle in Sunday’s demoralizing 40-7 road loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Originally an undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington, has been with the Jags for two seasons. Used primarily as a return specialist, the 24-year-old has played in all six games in 2018 and has returned 12 punts for a 4.9 yards per return average and six kickoffs for a 24.8 average. Mickens’ injury will take four to six weeks to heal and he is a good bet to be designated for return late this season.

To help fill the void, the Jaguars re-signed wide receiver/return specialist Rashad Greene. Greene, originally selected by Jacksonville in the fifth round of the 2015 draft out of Florida State, rejoins the team after spending the offseason and parts of this season with the Jaguars. The 26-year-old has appeared in 17 career games, catching 24 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He has also has returned 39 punts for an 11.0 yards per return average, including a 73-yard touchdown against Indianapolis in 2015. Wide receiver Dede Westbrook may also see some additional time fielding punts.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Takes a Shot at Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill – Calls Him a ‘Return Specialist’

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey isn’t overly impressed by the accomplishments of Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill, Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union reports.
At least not as a receiver.

A day after Hill challenged him ahead of Sunday’s game, Ramsey fired back Thursday by listing off the speedy receiver’s career accolades — as a return specialist.

“He’s good for what he does for their team,” Ramsey said. “He made All Pro as a return specialist — let’s get that right — as a return specialist his rookie year. He went to two Pro Bowls as a return specialist — return specialist — two years. I made All Pro in my position as a corner, went to the Pro Bowl as a corner.

“So it’s not a wide receiver versus corner matchup, so we can get that out of the way off the bat.”

Ramsey’s remarks came three days before the Jaguars (3-1) and Chiefs (4-0) square off in a much-anticipated game at Arrowhead Stadium and were in response to remarks made by Hill the previous day.

Answering a question about Ramsey from Kansas City reporters, Hill said: “He think high of himself. He’s all right, I guess. I can’t wait to line up against him. I hope he presses me.

“He’s a great player. To get my name out there more, I need to go up against more talent like him. I’m not calling [Denver’s] Chris Harris or nobody else bad, but he’s top dog right now, so I can’t wait.”

Ramsey was not impressed by Hill’s waffling.

“I just wish he would have picked a side,” Ramsey said. “Either I’m just all right or I’m the top dog. Pick a side. If I’m the top dog but I’m just all right, that means he doesn’t think that any corner in the league is good, and that’s not true.”

“Me and Tyreek, we’re going to probably have some opportunities to match up against each other, but it won’t be like that for a majority of the game,” Ramsey said. “I think everybody knows that he moves around everywhere. He plays running back, receiver, slot. He’s not out there on that island 90 percent of the time where I’m at.

“I don’t look at it as me versus him. I don’t think this is really a matchup game to be honest with you.”

Jaguars LT Cam Robinson Done for the Season with Torn ACL

Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, multiple reports confirmed.

Robinson, who started 15 games as a rookie second-round pick in 2017, left Sunday’s win over the New England Patriots in the first quarter after getting rolled up on.

Josh Wells replaced Robinson in the lineup on Sunday, when the Jaguars piled up 481 yards and manhandled the Patriots, 31-20.

The Jaguars Two-Tone Helmets Are a Thing of the Past

ESPN reports today that the Jaguars two-tone helmets are no more, as the team is going back to just the traditional black helmets starting for the 2018 season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ gold and black two-tone helmets were dumped following the 2017 season as part of a uniform overhaul. In addition to redesigned jerseys — including ones in teal and crisp white with black numbers — Jaguars players are now sporting glossy black helmets. Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president of football operations, had a heavy hand in the redesign, especially when it came to the helmets.

Yet, those two-tone helmets — which ESPN Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas called the worst in NFL history — are still around. In fact, you’ll be able to see some of them on Sunday when the Jaguars open the 2018 season against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Here’s ESPN’s 2018 Uni Watch preview, too.

Some of the helmets worn by the players — quarterback Blake Bortles included — are repainted two-tone helmets.

Replacing all the helmets a team needs would be ridiculously expensive. Each helmet can cost as much as $1,500 and NFL teams have roughly 200 (they need 90-plus for training camp alone plus spares), so that’s $300,000. Repainting is cost effective, especially when there’s nothing structurally wrong with the helmet.

Jalen Ramsey’s At It Again – Slams Pats TE Gronkowski and Dolphins WR Amendola in Interview

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey doesn’t hold Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola in high regard.

Ramsey, who blasted a number of NFL quarterbacks in a recent interview with GQ, poured proverbial cold water on Gronkowski during a session with ESPN The Magazine.

“I don’t think Gronk’s good,” Rasmey said of the four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection. “Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”

Ramsey didn’t let it end there.

“Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game,” the All-Pro said, “and that corner has had a very good game.”

ESPN’s Mina Kimes then asked Ramsey how Gronkowski fared when the two met in the AFC Championship Game in January.

“Literally nothing. He may have had, like, one catch,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey is correct with the one reception, although Gronkowski departed before halftime because of a concussion.

The two are expected to meet again in Week 2 when the Jaguars host the Patriots on Sept. 16.

Amendola, who signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Dolphins during free agency, didn’t escape the wrath of Ramsey.

“He just got a brand-new contract and he is terrible,” Ramsey said of Amendola. “People think he’s so great. No, he’s not. Tom (Brady) made him look good. Tom could take me as a receiver and I’d be a first-team All-Pro.”

Amendola hauled in 61 catches for 659 yards and two touchdowns last season and was superb in New England’s run to the Super Bowl with 26 receptions in three postseason games. The 32-year-old will have an opportunity to respond when the Dolphins host the Jaguars in Week 16 on Dec. 23.

When healthy, Gronkowski has produced. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski posted 69 catches for 1,084 yards with eight touchdowns over 14 games last season.

A second-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2010, Gronkowski has been a touchdown machine since joining the team, reaching double digits in five of his eight seasons, including a career-high 17 in 2011.

Gronkowski has surpassed 1,000 yards four times and has 474 receptions for 7,179 yards in 102 career games (89) starts. His 76 touchdown catches rank third on the all-time list among tight ends, behind Antonio Gates (114) and Tony Gonzalez (111).

Ramsey recorded 63 tackles and four interceptions in 16 games last season. He has collected 128 tackles and six interceptions since being selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The 23-year-old Ramsey lowered the boom on several NFL quarterbacks in GQ, saying Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen is “trash,” Baltimore Ravens veteran Joe Flacco isn’t much better, while Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan effectively are overrated.

Could Jalen Ramsey’s Trash Talk Help the Jaguars Be Even Better in 2018?

There’s been plenty of chatter about how much chatting one Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey has been doing this offseason calling out QB’s and other players in the NFL.

One former NFL player, CB Asante Samuel, says that Ramsey’s words could actually make the Jaguars a BETTER team in 2018 according to TMZ Sports.

Here’s the story.

Samuel — a 2-time Super Bowl champ (who will be on the Hall of Fame ballot next year) — says the comments will essentially force his teammates to step up and play better.

The former Pro Bowl corner LOVES Ramsey’s confidence — but warns the 23-year-old that he can’t just be about that hype … he’s gotta go and back it up.

And, if his Jaguars teammates REALLY have his back, they’ll step up and play harder for Ramsey.

“That motivates your team. That motivates your brothers. We got our brothers’ back.”

New Daddy Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Reports to Training Camp

Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey has reported to training camp a week after the birth of his first child.

Ramsey arrived Tuesday and was expected to join teammates on the practice field following a physical. It’s unclear how much Ramsey will do during his first day back.

Ramsey missed the first four practices to remain in Tennessee with his girlfriend, Bre, and newborn daughter, Breelyn. He wrote on his Twitter page that “family is among the most important things in my life, along with my faith and football.”

Jaguars New Dad CB Jalen Ramsey to Miss the Start of Training Camp

Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey will miss the start of training camp after becoming a new father.

Ramsey announced Wednesday on his Twitter page that he would remain in Tennessee with his girlfriend, Bre, and newborn daughter, Breelyn, while the team opens camp Thursday.

Over a picture from Disney’s “The Lion King,” Ramsey wrote “for me, family is among the most important things in my life, along with my faith and football. Today starts a new chapter in my life, as Bre and I are blessed to welcome our baby into this world.”

He adds “as soon as I’m comfortable knowing my family is healthy and happy, I’ll return to Jacksonville to rejoin my teammates on our quest to handle some unfinished business.”

Coach Doug Marrone says Ramsey let coaches know about the potential conflict months ago.

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