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Jaguars 2018 Training Camp: Ramsey returns


JACKSONVILLE – Jalen Ramsey returned.

That was far from the only news around the Jaguars Tuesday, but it was the biggest news – and it was the biggest topic with the media and Doug Marrone.

"Jalen's here," Marrone said Tuesday afternoon.

Ramsey, a first-team Associated Press All-Pro cornerback last season who missed the first four practices of Jaguars 2018 Training Camp following the birth of his daughter last week, returned to TIAA Bank Field Tuesday. Marrone said he was expected to practice with the team Tuesday.

The Jaguars, who normally hold training camp practices at 10:30 a.m., were scheduled to work around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Marrone said Ramsey will be worked back into a normal practice load.

"I'm sure he's in great shape," Marrone said. "Today we just want to ease him back in. We don't want to throw him back out on the field and have him do everything off the bat."

The Jaguars made several roster moves Tuesday and were juggling personnel issues at multiple positions. The Jaguars on Tuesday:

*Signed first-year offensive lineman Michael Dunn and waived/injured offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, who had been on the team's active/non-football injury list.

*Signed tight end DeAndre Goolsby and waived long snapper Andrew East.

Marrone spoke for about 15 minutes shortly before practice, updating the status of several other players.

Wide receivers Donte Moncrief and Marqise Lee were expected to practice on the side Tuesday after sustaining injuries last Friday and Saturday, respectively, and Marrone said defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was expected to miss practice after being poked in the eye Monday during practice.

"It's nothing bad," Marrone said. "We're just going to keep him out."

Marrone said tight ends David Grinnage and Niles Paul also could be held out of Tuesday afternoon's work, which was expected to mark the team's second padded practice in as many days. The team also worked in pads Saturday after opening camp with two non-padded practices last Thursday and Friday.

"That was one of the things: We were looking at the two tight ends not being able to practice," Marrone said. "We wanted to bring in a tight end. We had to wait for him (Goolsby) to clear his physical. I just moved practice back to get some extra players on the field."

Linebacker Telvin Smith was excused from Tuesday's practice for personal reasons.

Another notable aspect of practice Tuesday: Marrone will coaching the offensive line during much of the session. Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and assistant offensive line coach Tony Sparano Jr. each missed Tuesday's session to handle personal issues.

Marrone served as the Jaguars' offensive line coach while he was the team's associate head coach during the 2015 season and the first 14 games of the 2016 season. He took over as interim head coach for the final two games of the '16 season.

"I'm more excited than they are," Marrone said. "Some of those guys (offensive linemen) know me, but the other guys don't. I'm sure the older guys who have been here are getting them schooled up on it."

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