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2017 offseason: Undrafted free agents bring roster to 90


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' offseason reshaping is close to fully taking shape.

The Jaguars on Monday announced the signing of 16 undrafted free agents, which along with seven selections in this past weekend's 2017 NFL Draft means 23 rookies are now on the team's 90-man offseason roster. The Jaguars released 11 players Monday to make room for the free-agent signings.

Among the players signed as free agents:

Middle Tennessee State cornerback Jeremy Cutrer, Utah defensive end Hunter Dimrick, Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo, Texas A&M guard Avery Gennessy, Middle Tennessee State running back I'Tavius Mathers, Illinois defensive end Carroll Phillips and Tennessee State cornerback Ezra Robinson.

All of the aforementioned were projected by some analysts as potential Day 3 selections.

While the effort to improve a roster never ends, rookie free agency and the draft mark the final major offseason player acquisition period.

Rookies will participate in a rookie minicamp at EverBank Field next week, and the Jaguars' voluntary organized team activities begin May 23. The team's on-field offseason program runs through June, culminating with a three-day mandatory minicamp at EverBank Field June 13-15.

A capsule look at the Jaguars' 2017 rookie free agents signed Monday:

*Caleb Bluiett (6-feet-3, 257 pounds), tight end, Texas. Bluiett, after starting his career at Texas as a defensive end, caught two passes for 11 yards as a senior after catching eight passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He is considered a good blocker and ran a 4.69-second 40-yard dash at Texas' Pro Day in March. He registered 4.5 sacks as a defensive end, splitting time between defensive end and tight end as a freshman and playing defensive end as a sophomore.

*Keelan Cole (6-feet-2, 175 pounds), wide receiver, Kentucky Wesleyan. Cole was ultra-productive at Division-II Kentucky Wesleyan, catching 258 passes for 4,872 yards and 59 touchdowns in four seasons. He caught 57 passes for 1,401 yards and 15 touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior. Cole reportedly runs between a 4.57- and 4.6-second 40.

*Parker Collins, (6-feet-3, 295 pounds) center, Appalachian State. A second-team All-Sun Belt conference selection as a junior and a first-team selection as a senior, Parker started 32 consecutive games at the end of his college career. He played mostly guard collegiately.

*Tim Cook, (6-feet-0, 242 pounds), running back, Oregon State. Cook played one season at Oregon State, missing the 2015 season with an injury after transferring to the school after two stints at junior college. He rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries as a senior, rushing for 108 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against Washington. He ran a 4.64 40 at his Pro Day.

*Jeremy Cutrer (6-feet-1, 167 pounds), cornerback, Middle Tennessee State. Cutrer originally signed with Louisiana State out of high school, then re-signed with LSU after two years at a Gulf Coast Junior College before playing his junior and senior seasons at Middle Tennessee State. He started 20 games for MTSU, registering six interceptions and 29 pass breakups. He was an All-Conference USA selection in 2016 and ran a 4.52 40 at his Pro Day. He had been projected by some analysts as a possible fifth- or sixth-round selection.

*P.J. Davis (5-feet-9, 232 pounds), linebacker, Georgia Tech. Davis, a three-year starter for Georgia Tech, led the Yellow Jackets in tackles two of the last three seasons. He played all 13 games as a true freshman and played at least 11 games all four collegiate seasons. He ran a 4.63-second 40 at his Pro Day.

*Hunter Dimick (6-feet-3, 268 pounds), defensive end, Utah. He started 33 of 43 games played, finishing as Utah's career sacks leader with 29.5. He also registered 44 career tackles for loss, and was a second-team Walter Camp, second-team Football Writers Association and third-team Associated Press All-America selection as a senior when he ranked third in the nation with 14.5 sacks. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as a senior. He had been projected by some analysts as a possible fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round selection and ran a 4.75 40 at the Utah Pro Day.

*Amba Etta-Tawo (6-feet-1, 208 pounds), wide receiver, Syracuse. Etta-Tawo played this past season for Syracuse after being a graduate-transfer from Maryland, catching 94 passes for 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns and earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran a 4.49 40 and was projected by some as a sixth- or seventh-round selection.

*Avery Gennessy (6-feet-3, 318 pounds), guard, Texas A&M. An All-Southeastern Conference selection as a redshirt senior, Gennessy was projected by some as one of the top 20 guards in the draft class. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran a 5.42 40 and he was projected by some analysts as a possible seventh-round selection.

*Justin Horton (6-feet-1, 242 pounds), linebacker, Jacksonville. He ran a 4.67 40 at his Pro Day and was a second-team All-Pioneer League selection as a senior.

*Tueni Lupeamanu (6-feet-0, 282 pounds), defensive tackle, Idaho. Lupeamanu, who became a defensive lineman in college after playing quarterback in high school, was a second-team All-Sun Belt conference selection as a senior when he registered five sacks. He ran a 4.99 40 at his Pro Day.

*I'Tavius Mathers (5-feet-11, 203 pounds), running back, Middle Tennessee State. Mathers, who transferred to Middle Tennessee State from Ole Miss in 2015, rushed for 1,561 yards and 17 touchdowns on 232 carries and caught 66 passes for 633 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. He ran a 4.42 40 at his Pro Day, and was projected by some as a possible seventh-round selection.

*Charles Miller (6-feet-0, 190 pounds), safety, Dartmouth. He ran a 4.47 40 at his Pro Day, but he has been clocked below 4.4 and his speed helped him get noticed by NFL scouts. He was an All-Ivy League second-team selection as a senior.

*Carroll Phillips (6-feet-3, 242 pounds), defensive end, Illinois. He began his career at Cincinnati, and after a season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, he transferred to Illinois. He started one season for the Illini, registering 20 tackles for loss and a team-high nine sacks. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 2016. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran 4.56 – and he was projected by some as a possible fourth- or fifth-round selection.

*Ezra Robinson (5-feet-11, 189 pounds), cornerback, Tennessee State. Robinson, who transferred to Tennessee State from Michigan State following his redshirt freshman season, was a first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection as a senior. He intercepted five passes with eight passes defensed as a senior and returned two interceptions for touchdowns that season. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran a 4.47 40 – and he was projected by some analysts as a possible seventh-round selection.

*Kenneth Walker (5-feet-9, 188 pounds), wide receiver UCLA. He caught 45 passes for 782 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons at UCLA, but his speed makes him a potential asset. He ran a 4.3 40 at his Pro Day.

To make room on the roster, the Jaguars released second-year tight end E.J. Bibbs, second-year running back Bronson Hill, second-year offensive lineman Colin Kelly, third-year linebacker Sean Porter, fourth-year running back Daryl Richardson, first-year tight end Gannon Sinclair, first-year safety Elijah Shumate, first-year offensive lineman Arturo Uzdavinis, third-year offensive lineman Greg Van Roten, second-year wide receiver Tony Washington and first-year LB Raphael Kirby.

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