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GM David Caldwell: Hardy visit about "homework"


JACKSONVILLE – David Caldwell said Greg Hardy's visit was about doing homework.

Caldwell, the Jaguars' general manager, spoke to the media on Monday as quarterbacks, first-year players and rookies reported to 2016 Training Camp – and the first topic he addressed was Hardy's two-day tryout last week.

Caldwell said there is no immediate plan to sign Hardy, a defensive end who played 12 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season after serving a 10-game NFL suspension in 2014. He set the Carolina Panthers' single-season sacks record in 2013 with 15.

Caldwell said the idea of the visit was to eliminate "what ifs."

"We wanted to try to find out the facts, where he's at – just do our homework," Caldwell said. "We felt like it was a good time with [Head] Coach [Gus] Bradley and Coach [defensive coordinator Todd] Wash in town just to learn more about him and his story."

Caldwell declined to provide specifics about what Hardy shared about the off-field incidents that led to his suspension, and said the workout was about getting a chance to see Hardy up close in the event the team wanted to sign him at a later date.

He also declined specifics on whether or not the team would sign Hardy later in the season.

"It's not often you get a chance to put your hands on a player of that caliber, to work him out," Caldwell said. "We have no imminent plans of signing him at this point, but it was good to get him in here and find out about him."

Caldwell called domestic violence "a serious issue."

"There's no place for it in in the world or the NFL, but we're going to do what's best for our team," Caldwell said. "We have players who want to win and a coaching staff that wants to win as much as our fan base. We're going to turn over every rock."

Caldwell said the workout was not a reflection on the team's current Leo pass rushers, a group that includes 2015 No. 3 overall draft selection Dante Fowler Jr. and 2016 third-round selection Yannick Ngakoue. Fowler is expected to start at the Leo with Ngakoue playing in passing situations.

"We like the skill sets of our two young guys," Caldwell said, adding that the team also likes Chris Smith, Bjoern Werner, Tyrone Holmes, Dan Skuta and Ryan Davis as outside pass rushers.

Caldwell also discussed the opening of 2016 training camp, saying his biggest concern is keeping the roster healthy.

"If we can stay healthy, and go into the season with a full squad, I think we have a chance at this,'' Caldwell said.

Caldwell said he expects left tackle Kelvin Beachum to participate in practice Thursday. Beachum, who is expected to compete for the starting position with Luke Joeckel, signed as an unrestricted free agent from Pittsburgh in the offseason after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 6 of last season. He did not participate in the Jaguars' offseason workouts.

Caldwell said he doesn't yet know if Beachum will be limited when camp begins.

Caldwell also said he expects rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey to be full go when camp begins. Ramsey missed organized team activities and minicamp with a meniscus injury sustained shortly after being selected No. 5 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Caldwell also said he expects defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks to practice Thursday.

Veteran offensive lineman Luke Bowanko (hip) and rookie defensive end Jonathan Woodard (Achilles) are expected to being training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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