JACKSONVILLE – The team will come first.
Jaguars Owner Shad Khan didn’t discuss Jalen Ramsey extensively when interviewed by the NFL Network Thursday, but that was the essence of his words about the cornerback’s recent trade request.
“This is a team sport,” Khan said Thursday, hours before the Jaguars (0-2) were to play host to the Tennessee Titans (1-1) in an AFC South game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. “I am very sensitive to individual needs, but we have to do the right thing for the team.”
Ramsey, a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback, reportedly has requested a trade. Head Coach Doug Marrone on Wednesday said Ramsey will play against Tennessee Thursday.
Khan spoke to the NFL Network about multiple topics Thursday afternoon, including quarterback Nick Foles and the importance of the team’s continued presence in London.
“London, if you go back to 2012 when we proposed this idea – playing games there regularly – was kind of looked at as a wacky idea,” Khan said. “It’s really turned out to be a key foundation for us to keep the Jacksonville Jaguars stable in Jacksonville.
“London is vital for us. It’s really turned into something sexy for even other teams. It’s been great for the Jaguars. And it’s been very good for the NFL.”
Foles, the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl following the 2017 season who signed as an unrestricted free agent in March from the Philadelphia Eagles, sustained a broken clavicle in the Jaguars’ Week 1 loss to Kansas City and will not play until at least mid-November.
Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, a sixth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, started a Week 2 loss to Houston and will start against Tennessee.
“Obviously, it’s very unfortunate,” Khan said. “But it is the NFL. You expect the unexpected and nobody’s going to feel sorry for you. You have to get up, dust yourself off, get ready. We had the wisdom to get Gardner. He has stepped in and done a pretty good job….
“There are 14 games to play. It’s the power of the NFL: Next man up. It’s a chance for people to demonstrate what they can do for the Jaguars.”
Khan also on Thursday supported Marrone’s decision to go for the two-point conversion late in a 13-12 loss to the Texans this past Sunday. The Jaguars trailed by the final margin with :30 remaining when Marrone opted to go for two points. Running back Leonard Fournette was stopped inches shy of the goal line and the Texans recovered the ensuing onside kick to secure the victory.
“I absolutely loved it,” Khan said. “I think it was the right thing to do, especially considering we had a short week and really would have been exhausted playing the fifth quarter. Absolutely the right thing to do.”