JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars aren't full strength at corner, but they're closer.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey as expected will play – and start – when the Jaguars play the Carolina Panthers Thursday at EverBank Field in the third game of the 2017 preseason.
It will be Ramsey's first appearance of the '17 preseason. A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin, the Jaguars' other top cornerbacks, both will miss their third consecutive preseason game with injuries.
Bouye and Colvin are two of nine players who won't play for the Jaguars Thursday. The others: wide receiver Marqise Lee, running back Leonard Fournette, tight end Mychal Rivera, running back T.J. Yeldon, defensive tackle Michael Bennett, defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and wide receiver Rashad Greene Sr.; Rivera also has yet to play in the preseason.
Fourth-year veteran Luke Bowanko, the Jaguars' starting center in 2014, is expected to start at left guard Thursday as the team rotates players at the spot; Patrick Omameh started the first two preseason games there.
Rookie Cam Robinson is expected to start at left tackle for a third consecutive game. Tommy Bohanon is expected to start at fullback in front of rookie Marquez Williams and undrafted free agent Keelan Cole is expected to start at wide receiver with Lee unavailable.
Guard Earl Watford, like Ramsey, is expected to play for the first time in the 2017 preseason. Brian Dixon is expected to start at cornerback opposite Ramsey with Colvin and Bouye unavailable.