At some point new Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is going to get the question from cornerback Jalen Ramsey: Can I play offense, too?
Ramsey says he has asked the coaching staff for some snaps or a small package — heck, one play — over and over again during his three seasons. He has been denied so far, but maybe DeFilippo will be receptive and will be able to convince coach Doug Marrone, offensive coordinator Todd Wash and the front office it’s a good idea.
Considering the state of the Jaguars’ offense, it might be a great one.
“I’ve been telling y’all this for years,” Ramsey said after he caught a touchdown pass late in last Sunday’s Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium. “Since I’ve been a Jaguar I’ve been telling y’all this. I’ve been asking for this. I know if I get in on that red zone I can make a play somehow. I’m a playmaker at the end of the day.
“We have fun out here, but I really do be asking the Jags ‘can I do some stuff [on offense]?’ but, nah, of course they haven’t been with it.”
Ramsey is already one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks, and the same skills that have made him a two-time Pro Bowler also would translate to offense. He’s 6-foot-1 and 208 pounds with freakishly long arms (33 3/8-inches) and outstanding athleticism. He tied for the best mark in the vertical jump (41.5 inches) and long jump (11 feet, 3 inches) at the 2016 NFL combine and ran a 4.41 40-yard dash.