JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A day after Jaguars' players reported for the start of voluntary offseason workouts, head coach Doug Marrone said that every player on the roster was participating except for cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith.
"I'm sure they're both working hard," Marrone said.
Ramsey has routinely skipped the offseason workouts to exercise in Tennessee with his father, Lamont, who owns a performance training company. Ramsey missed the voluntary organized team activities last offseason, saying that he wanted to prepare in a way to keep him from being limited in games as he had in previous seasons. In 2018, Ramsey, once again, did not miss any games for the Jaguars.
Smith started every game for the Jaguars in 2018 and has missed only four games in five seasons due to injury.
Marrone said that he had reached out to both players, but had not heard back from either Ramsey or Smith.
"With the CBA rules, it's a voluntary period. It's an option," Marrone said. "I don't try to concern myself with things that are out of my control. I'm sure they are both working hard."
At his year-ending press conference, Marrone pointed out that he had noticed a correlation between players being in shape in the offseason and players staying healthy during the season and emphasized that he expected players to approach the off-season with that in mind.
At least one of Ramsey and Smith's teammates weren't worried about their lack of attendance Tuesday.
"Those are two guys I’m not worried about," Campbell said "They are guys I know are going to come back in top-tip shape, focused and ready to go. I know their grind and work ethic."
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