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Posted: May 16 2019,07:56

The Jacksonville Jaguars concluded their second joint practice with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Black Dede Westbrook Jerseys , though it was not without some weather hiccups. The practice was delayed and moved inside due to inclement weather, but once it passed it moved back outside. It was probably an odd practice back for Jaguars first round pick Taven Bryan, who has been sidelined with an abdominal injury, but his teammates were happy to have him back in the fold.“I want to say welcome back! It has been too long. Somebody has to get those reps, so the young guys, they usually get a lot of reps,” Jaguars veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell said after practice when asked if it was good to have Bryan back on the field. “It is fun when you get to tease him for being out and making it hard for other people. We gave him a hard time. He came back today with a big smile on his face and excited to make plays. He flew around, had some fun today. I have to watch the tape to really see how he did, but it is always good to have him out there. By all accounts Bryan has shown everything the Jaguars have wanted to see so far. In organized team activities (OTAs) without pads he flashed his athleticism. Once the pads went on he showed his strength and now he just needs to get under the lights in the preseason during “live” reps and see if he can put everything together. Not only has Bryan shown the physical traits the team is looking for, but it sounds like he’s got the right attitude for a rookie as well Dede Westbrook Jerseys 2019 , and veterans are taking notice.“I love it. He is the best rookie I have had in my career, which is a big statement,” Campbell added about Bryan’s attitude. “Some guys might get upset about that. He really has done everything that we have asked of him. He has done it with a smile on his face and he is just a good guy to be around.”“He came in with the mentality that he wants to soak up knowledge and he wants to get better every day. He wants to be dependable, and he is showing us that we can depend on him,” Campbell added when asked what made Bryan’s attitude so great.Bryan missed the Jaguars first preseason game with an abdominal injury, to which the team indicated it was more a precaution than the injury being serious. Bryan has been back at practice and by all accounts should be ready to play on Saturday against the Vikings. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone might need to update his contact list.Marrone said Monday he finally spoke to star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who is skipping voluntary workouts to stay closer to home, and seemingly cleared the air. Marrone said last week that he reached out to Ramsey and didn’t get a response.As it turned out, Marrone had the wrong number for the two-time Pro Bowl defender.It was the latest twist in a weeklong saga that included public shots from Tom Coughlin  Black Dawuane Smoot Jerseys , Ramsey’s agent and the NFL Players Association.“Had a great talk,” Marrone said. “He’s training with his brother. He’s in Nashville. He’s spending time with his family. He said he’s going to come back in the best shape he’s ever been in and he’s all fired up. That was pretty much the conversation. It was a good conversation. I was concerned, obviously, because I was texting a number I thought was his and he wasn’t getting back to me.“I couldn’t figure out what was going on, so we kind of had a little laugh about it. Now I have the right number. He’s always had my number, so it’s good.”Marrone said he and retired NFL tight end Marcus Pollard, the team’s director of player development, both had the wrong number for Ramsey and didn’t realize it until after Coughlin ripped Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith for their absences. Marrone also said Ramsey had been in contact with his position coach, Tim Walton.Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president of football operations Dawuane Smoot Jerseys 2019 , criticized Ramsey and Smith during the team’s state of the franchise presentation Thursday. He said “championship teams are dominated by selfless individuals who recognize that the welfare of the team must always be paramount to any other consideration.”“Success in the NFL demands struggle,” Coughlin added. “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.“It’s not about rights and privileges. It’s about obligations and responsibility. And the question is, can we count on you? Doing things the right way all the time, we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit.”NFLPA President Eric Winston reacted by saying the Collective Bargaining Agreement’s definition of voluntary “is the same as the actual definition of voluntary and prohibits anyone from threatening players to participate in voluntary workouts.”Ramsey and his agent, David Mulugheta, responded on social media the following day.Coughlin backed down a bit Monday.“There’s really no need to speak any further on that one,” he said. “That was an open statement about my beliefs about what the offseason programs are about. That’s enough. You’re not going to get me to answer any more on that one.”Ramsey and Smith are the team’s only players who didn’t show up for the start of the team’s offseason program. Marrone said Monday he still hasn’t heard back from Smith, adding “he’s probably busy.”Marrone made it clear he views the workouts as voluntary.“I try to keep reminding myself that Black Cam Robinson Jerseys , and we appreciate the players that are here,” Marrone said. “That’s what you have to do. If you treat them like they should be here, then that gets tough. The NFLPA collectively bargained that it’s a volunteer period, and those players have an option. And the ones that are here we appreciate and we’re working with them, trying to get them better.”
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