Jags’ Jalen Ramsey expected to play vs. New Orleans Saints
Amidst trade rumors, the Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday.
While it ultimately may not matter, this obviously isn’t ideal news for the New Orleans Saints. 4-1, the Saints will be favored regardless of who lines for the field go Jacksonville, but given this particular circumstance, Ramsey’s presence will be game-changing.
The Saints are top-heavy on offense. Michael Thomas secured over 40% of Bridgewater’s completions in their Week 5 victory, and he’s seen 13 targets three times in the first five games to start the season.
That’s Jalen Ramsey’s specialty. He will take your best player out of the game.
This could realistically force the Saints to target Alvin Kamara more. He’s their other dynamic presence that can make plays on his own, but when both the back and receiver are heavily involved, the team’s offensive is one of the league’s most potent.
As for Ramsey, he’s been notable upset with the Jags about the team’s ability to win. Although he’s been clear that he wants out, the rumors surrounding any possible exodus have cooled off rather quickly due to the Jags sky-high asking price.
While some teams hold their tradable star out to ensure he’s not injured and that value lost, Jags owner Shad Khan, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco, thinks the star corner will play Sunday against the Saints.
"“I think he’s going to be playing this week, so hopefully you’ll tune in to the Saints game,” Khan said in the video interview."
Ramsey hasn’t played since Week 3 which is why this report from the owner is important. That said, it’ll be telling if he suits up. Potential suitors like the Eagles and Raiders have been rumored to still be inquiring about Ramsey.
Would the Jags risk Rasmey’s injury when he could haul in multiple first-round picks for the Jags?
For the New Orleans Saints, this would theoretically be a much easier matchup if Ramsey is not on the sideline. However, what the owner says typically can be taken for word, so we’ll see if Michael Thomas will face his toughest matchup of the year in Ramsey on Sunday or not.
Let’s hope not.