Bouye (illness) will play Sunday against the Titans.
The fifth-year corner played 79 defensive snaps against the Texans in Week 1, recording six tackles (five solo) and two pass breakups. His ailment kept him out of Wednesday's and Thursday's practices, but he was a full participant Friday.
Bouye has been ruled out for Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers for an undisclosed reason, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.
The Jaguars haven't provided much information regarding Bouye's absence, so it's reasonable to assume that he's being given the game off for rest purposes. By all accounts, Bouye is expected to be a key piece of the Jacksonville secondary after signing a five-year, $67.5 million contract in the offseason.
Bouye was one of the highest priority free agent cornerbacks and was certainly paid like it. He had 63 tackles and 16 passes defenses, including an interception, in 15 games in 2016. He'll likely start across from Jalen Ramsey in 2017.
After ranking in the top 10 in the NFL in terms of passes defended (16) last season, Bouye is a hot commodity as he becomes an unrestricted free agent for the first time. The only organization he's ever known, the Texans, are seemingly hamstrung by the commitments already made to others for 2017, including to fellow cornerbacks Kareem Jackson ($9 million) and Johnathan Joseph ($6.9 million). As a result, the front office likely won't allot more than $14 million in order to keep Bouye in the fold this fall. If the preceding comes to fruition, he should strike it rich on the free-agent market and become another team's No. 1 CB.
Bouye was one of the most improved players in the NFL this season and his emergence came at a fortunate time for the cornerback, who enters unrestricted free agency in the offseason. The fourth-year pro, who had picks in each of Houston's postseason games, should command a healthy salary after leading the
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