AFC Notes: Ramsey, Steelers, Kafka

It looks like Jaguars owner Shad Khan was mistaken. Khan, who has seemingly been overly optimistic about the Jalen Ramsey situation ever since his trade demand became public, said earlier this week that he expected Ramsey to play in Week 6. That was apparently news to Ramsey, and his camp soon put out word that he hadn’t committed to playing this week. Indeed, it “would be a major surprise if he plays this week,” tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Ramsey was limited in practice all week, which is obviously a step in the right direction considering he hadn’t practiced until then since his back injury popped up. All indications are that Ramsey hasn’t wavered from his trade demand, although Khan continues to act like nothing is wrong. The Jaguars owner has also said he intends to give the Florida State product a record-breaking extension. Jacksonville has a tough game against the Saints on Sunday, and it looks like Gardner Minshew will be leading them into the game shorthanded.

Here’s more from the AFC:

  • Speaking of injured cornerbacks, Steelers corner Steven Nelson won’t be playing this week either. Nelson suffered a groin injury during the team’s Week 5 loss to the Ravens, and the team just announced he’s been ruled out. In his place, Pittsburgh will start 2016 first-round pick Artie Burns. Burns has been labeled a bust by many and the Steelers declined his fifth-year option this past offseason, which shows you how they feel about him. Nelson had been playing pretty well alongside Joe Haden, so this is a big downgrade to the Steelers’ secondary as they prepare to take on the Chargers.
  • Add one more young assistant coach to the list of ones to monitor in the Chiefs’ Mike Kafka. Kafka is “very well respected” and is a possible future head coach, tweets Adam Caplan of Sirius XM NFL radio. Kafka was a former backup quarterback for the Eagles, and he now works under his former head coach Andy Reid. Kafka is Patrick Mahomes‘ position coach and there’s a long history of former Reid assistants landing head jobs, so it certainly makes sense.
  • In case you missed it, the Jets moved on from quarterback Luke Falk after he started the last two weeks for them.
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    • JJB0811

      Ramsey isn’t being accused of rape and other awful offenses towards women. He simply doesn’t like upper management.

  1. Ed "The Mythical One"

    This is why owners really shouldn’t make a lot of public comments. I don’t know how much his finger is really on the pulse of this situation but it sounds like the team he has running the organization are telling him different things than the reality of the situation.

    There has been a lot of noise around the Ravens trading for Ramsey because we’ve had some issues defending the pass and we’ve been without Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young who are some of our better corners for most of the year. We also just recently lost S Tony Jefferson for the year.

    I am a Ravens fan and I don’t want Ramsey. If you can’t be bothered to show up for your current team what’s to say you don’t just phone it in and cause this problem for my team when things don’t go the way you want? And I have to trade a lot of top picks away AND give you a big money extension in the process?

    There is also the issue that he’s not really going to fix our problem on defense. Our problem is that we have no consistent pass rush and the tandem safeties of Tony “I can’t cover anyone even if I had a blanket” Jefferson and Earl Thomas still not figuring out our defense getting torched on the back end because they goof up. Ramsey doesn’t fix any of that.

    • frank costanza

      That’s well said. If Ramsey is doing this to Jax he could very well do it to another team. I’m a Jacksonville fan and I hope they don’t trade him and let him either play or not be paid. He under control through next year and we could also use the franchise tag in 2021 ( I hope they do it to him). No money, plus you lose 2-3 years of playing time. This kid rather than man needs to grow up.

      • TrollHunter

        Ramsey is still being paid! He’s “hurt” therefore the Jaguars can’t refuse or recoup his salary.

        This is going to be the new trend for disgruntled players, and I can’t believe it hasn’t happened sooner. Back injuries are notoriously hard to diagnose, that’s what makes them the “go-to” for injury lawyers.

        Ramsey is also playing it smart talking up the injury to the media. I’m not sure there is anything Jacksonville can do other than trade him and get something for their money. As long as Ramsey keeps showing up and “rehabbing” they can’t force him to play.

        • Polish Hammer

          Which is exactly why nobody will offer up the kings ransom for him, so his master plan is backfiring on him. He thinks he’s cute and not “holding out” because he’s hurt but it’s obviously a sit down strike. He’s either hurt enough to not play and nobody will give up a lot for a guy that may never be near 100% under his current contract, or he’s not hurt and just a bad employee. The team needs to have him evaluated and medically cleared and then start withholding paychecks.

          • JJB0811

            Rumors were 2 1st’s were offered. Pretty stout return. I think Tom would trade him, but Shad killed the deal.

            The Miami LT said he would have taken the trade for 2 1st’s and a 2nd for himself & some #3wr.

  2. mrpadre19

    Khan made his statement after speaking directly to Ramsey.
    Ramsey however is playing games with his team other than football.

  3. sports is life

    Let him rot on the sidelines

    Collect no money and then trade his selfish ego to the worse team

  4. hoosierhysteria

    Khan is getting played like a fiddle. He wants to be Jerry II?
    I am sure coughlin is furious. He would have traded this diva in a nanosecond.
    Khan will learn that you can’t buy desire….availability is the #1 ability in the NFL. Menshaw Mania should be the jags story.

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