Jalen Ramsey spent the past few months working out at his father's training facility in Nashville.
It was a new routine that caused him to miss Jacksonville's offseason conditioning program.
The All-Pro cornerback has no regrets Eric Staal Jersey , though, about the time away from coaches and teammates.
"How do I put this the nicest way possible?" Ramsey said Tuesday after the first of a mandatory, three-day minicamp.
"I don't think any of my teammates had an issue because they know I was going to come back ready. But at the same time, if they did, I don't think I would care 'cause once I get out here I know what I was doing was the right thing for me."
Ramsey worked out in Jacksonville before his first two NFL seasons and fell behind both times because of injuries.
"It was an offseason of getting back to the basics for me, kind of doing what got me to the position I'm in right now," he said. "It was also an offseason for me that I kind of labeled as 'no-setback season,' just 'cause in the previous two years I haven't even made it this far."
He had surgery in May 2016 for a torn meniscus in his right knee. He had surgery last June for a sports hernia.
Ramsey still managed to become the best player on a stout defense.
The fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the league last year, locking down No. 1 receivers on a weekly basis. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in his second season and made the more exclusive All-Pro team.
"I thought I was good in the past two years, and stay tuned," he said.
Ramsey already has matchups circled months before the season Mike Daniels Jersey , beginning with Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants in the opener and continuing a few weeks later against Kansas City's Tyreke Hill. The list also includes familiar faces such as former teammate Allen Hurns, Houston's DeAndre Hopkins, Philadelphia's Alshon Jeffery, Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown.
"It's what I love, but I can't just love it," Ramsey said. "I've got to prepare for it, too, so that's what I've been doing this whole offseason. That's what I'll continue to do."
The Jaguars welcomed Ramsey back for minicamp, but coach Doug Marrone planned to work him in slowly.
"Jalen has worked extremely hard with training with his dad. He's anxious to go out there and say, 'I'm ready to go. Let's go,'" Marrone said. "I'm more like Braden Holtby Jersey , 'OK, listen, we're going to get you in there for a couple and take you out. We just want to see where you are.
"The worst thing you can do as a coach is put someone out there that maybe is not ready. Not to say that Jalen is not ready, but we want to make sure that we are doing the right thing for all of the players."
Ramsey had 107 tackles, 31 pass breakups and six interceptions in his first two seasons. He's earned the respect of opponents as well as teammates, which made his decision to skip Jacksonville's offseason program an easier one.
"I know what I was doing is going to get me prepared as best as anything for the season," he said. "Once I put that out on the field, there won't be any issues. I have a good relationship with all my teammates anyways, so if they did they would hit me up. I did it respectful. ... I hit up people. I was like, 'Hey, yo Authentic Mitchell Marner Jersey , look, this is my plan for the offseason.'
"And it's not that I felt like I owed anybody an explanation. It's just that's how we vibe. That's the locker room. ... I was like, 'Yo, I know y'all fixin' to start it up. I'm not coming. I'm doing my thing. No worries.' They said it right back: 'You good, bro.'"
New coach. Familiar results.
Teams with a new man in charge went 0-7 in Week 1, the worst start by a group of new head coaches in NFL history. The previous worst was 0-6 in 2001.
It took Aaron Rodgers coming back from a knee injury and leading the Packers back from a 20-0 deficit to spoil Matt Nagy's debut for Chicago.
Jon Gruden returned to Oakland and his Raiders had a 13-10 halftime lead before the Los Angeles Rams turned it into a rout in the second half.
Matt Patricia endured the worst loss of the seven new guys when rookie Sam Darnold and the New York Jets whipped Detroit 48-17. The Lions can only hope Patricia fares better than other members of Bill Belichick's coaching tree did after leaving New England.
Arizona's Steve Wilks didn't have a chance against Washington. Andrew Luck's return for the Colts didn't help Frank Reich earn a win against the Bengals.
Eli Manning's pick-6 ruined Pat Shurmur's opener with the Giants. Mike Vrabel and the Titans endured long weather delays in a loss at Miami.
None of the seven teams play each other this week, so 0-2 is still on the table for all the new coaches.
Here's a look inside more numbers going into Week 2:
SO MUCH YELLOW: The first weekend saw more penalties (255) and penalty yards (2,254) than any Week 1 since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002. The Falcons led the way with 15 in an 18-12 loss to Philadelphia. The Eagles and three other teams had 11. The Steelers had 12. The Raiders had the most penalty yards with 155.
SCORING OUTPUT: The 765 total points were third-most in a Week 1. The Jets and Buccaneers led the way with 48 and the Ravens had 47.
TAKE IT TO THE HOUSE: The 12 return touchdowns in Week 1 were the second-most in an opening week since the 1970 merger. There were 13 in 2011. The Jets had two return touchdowns and became the third team to score a touchdown on a pass, rush, interception and punt return in an opener. The Dolphins and Titans had TD returns on kickoffs in the same game, the 10th time that's happened since the merger.
DOWN TO THE FINISH: Ten of the 16 games were decided by eight points or fewer and four teams 鈥?Cincinnati http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/d.j.-swearinger-jersey , Denver, Green Bay and Philadelphia 鈥?had comebacks in the fourth quarter.
DO IT ALL: Khalil Mack had his second game with a forced fumble, fumble recovery, pick-6 and sack in his first game for the Bears. He also did it against Carolina in 2016 while with Oakland. Charles Woodson in 2009 was the only other player to do it since sacks became an official stat.
SIZING THINGS UP: The Giants, Eagles and 49ers each have 13 players weighing less than 200 pounds. The Steelers have 14 players weighing more than 300 pounds.
CRIMSON TIDE TAKEOVER: Alabama led the way among colleges with 44 players on active rosters for Week 1. LSU was second with 40. Florida had 37, Miami and Ohio State each had 36.
MISLEADING STAT: Tampa Bay allowed the second-most yards passing (475) but it doesn't mean the Bucs have the second-worst pass defense. The Buccaneers built a 24-point lead over New Orleans and forced Drew Brees to throw nearly every down to try to catch up. Tampa Bay held on for a 48-40 win.
THAT'S SO BROWNS: Since the merger, teams that are plus-five in turnover margin are 403-17-3. Doesn't help the Browns, though. They're only 2-2-1 in those instances following a tie against the Steelers.
AGE MATTERS: The Raiders have the oldest team in the league with an average age of 27.6 years old. The Browns are the youngest at 25.2.
FOREVER YOUNG: Tom Brady became the third player to throw a TD pass in a season-opening game at age 41 or older, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers George Blanda and Warren Moon.
THE PERCENTAGES: Since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, 52.1 percent of teams that won the season opener went to the playoffs while only 23.9 percent that lost reached the postseason.
AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow contributed to this report.
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