JACKSONVILLE – This is tough for Jalen Ramsey. Really tough.
But while the Jaguars' rookie cornerback absolutely would prefer practicing to watching during minicamp this week, that's a short-term inconvenience. For the long-term – as in, for training camp and the 2016 season – Ramsey feels good.
Actually, he said he feels better than that.
"I feel great," Ramsey said Wednesday following the second practice of Jaguars 2016 minicamp at the team's practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field.
Ramsey, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, is missing offseason official on-field work because of a small tear in his meniscus sustained shortly after the late April draft. That means he missed organized team activities and is missing this week's mandatory minicamp.
"You can tell he's got a little burr underneath the saddle," Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said of Ramsey.
Wash said Ramsey mentioned wanting to be back on the field after meetings Wednesday morning.
"He's ready to get going," Wash said. "It'll be nice to get him back. He's already moving around with our trainers and stuff over on the side, doing some stretching and that kind of running stuff. So he's ready to come back and start competing."
Ramsey has been able to study the defense and be involved in all aspects of the offseason program except on-field work.
"That has probably helped me even more," Ramsey said. "I've been able to watch a lot of film and just watch the practices and try to stay mentally tuned in and put myself out in the positions out there mentally.
"I ask questions about corner, nickel, and whatever position, but other than that I'm really so motivated and just want to go and do it."
Ramsey, who had surgery May 23, said he has no doubt he will be ready for training camp when it opens in late July.
"I don't really put expectations on myself, to be honest," Ramsey said. "I just do what I can when I can do it. I know I'll be 100 percent at that time. I feel one hundred percent now. So when training camp comes I will definitely be ready."
Ramsey said he has no pain or swelling in the knee.
"I'm great," he said, and added, "I'll be back by training camp. I'm ready."
Ramsey, who participated in rookie orientation the weekend after the draft, also worked out with the team shortly thereafter during a few "Phase 2 workouts." He sustained his injury before the OTAs and minicamp that make up the Phase 3, on-field portion of the offseason.
Ramsey ran on a side field during practice last week, saying Wednesday "I'm able to do everything. I can do anything."
When Ramsey initially sustained the injury, there was uncertainty about its extent and the timetable for his return. The expectation that he will be ready for training camp meant his recovery will be on the short end of the possible scenarios.
"I did not want any time out, but it was best-case scenario," Ramsey said. "That's all I was hoping for and praying for. I was very happy."
Also around the Jaguars Wednesday:
*Free safety Jarrod Wilson intercepted two passes after intercepting one Tuesday. "It's amazing; he's very sharp," Wash said of Wilson, who has worked extensively with the third unit in minicamp. "He comes in, he learns the package really well, and he puts himself in position to make a lot of plays out of the middle field. It's good to see." …
*Among highlights and notables Wednesday: Tight end Julius Thomas caught a long touchdown pass from quarterback Blake Bortles; wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns caught short passes from Bortles. Wide receiver Arrelious Benn also had an impressive reception on an intermediate route on a pass from backup quarterback Chad Henne. Cornerback Aaron Colvin had a pass breakup. Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel continued to work mostly at left tackle and also continued to get repetitions at left guard, with rookie linebacker Myles Jack working for a second consecutive day at second-team middle linebacker. Ryan Davis worked at starting Otto with starter Dan Skuta on the side for a second consecutive day. …
*Wash had this to say about Jack, a second-round selection who missed OTAs because of an NFL rule prohibiting rookies to participate in offseason programs before their schools finish spring classes: "Myles knows it on paper. He knows it, he can regurgitate it to you, but obviously there's a lot of fast moving parts." Wash said Jack told him following Tuesday's practice, "Man, this is fast." Wash said that's normal on a player's first day with everyone else having been practicing. "We've seen some real good things, his explosiveness, his ability to change direction, and the instincts he has in the box," Wash said. "Today he had a couple reps where you're just like, 'He reads stuff fast.' We're excited about him." …