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'15 free agency: Jaguars re-sign Pasztor


JACKSONVILLE – Austin Pasztor will remain with the Jaguars.

Pasztor, a versatile offensive lineman and a starter when healthy through much of the past two seasons, on Tuesday re-signed with the team as an exclusive-rights free agent hours before the start of the NFL's 2015 free-agency period.

Pasztor (6-feet-7, 308 pounds), originally signed by the Jaguars off the practice squad in December 2012, started 20 games at right tackle over the past two seasons. He started eight games there last season after entering training camp as the starter.

Pasztor, 24, missed the last four games of the season with a ruptured hamstring.

He had started the eight games before that at right tackle after missing two preseason games and four regular-season games with a hand injury. He started 12 games at right tackle in 2013.

"I'm progressing really well," Pasztor said. "I feel better than I even expected to feel at this point. I'm working out basically full and getting real close to feeling like I'm 100 percent. Hopefully, I can participate fully in the offseason program once we get started in April and I'm looking forward to it."

Pasztor, who played collegiately at Virginia and who signed to the Jaguars' practice squad in September 2012, started at guard for the Jaguars in the last three games of the 2012 season.

The Jaguars are reportedly expected to sign at least five players shortly after the NFL's 2015 League Year begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, with one of those players reportedly right tackle Jermey Parnell, who started five games for the Dallas Cowboys last season.

"They haven't told me anything," Pasztor said of his role next season. "All I'm focused on is the same thing I'd be focused on either way, just getting better and stronger and fixing my injuries so I can be healthy and 100 percent – and go out there and play the best I can.

"I love the chance to be in Jacksonville for another year. It's great."

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