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CB Demetrius McCray among eight players waived


JACKSONVILLE – A familiar name was among the first released.

Demetrius McCray, a former starting cornerback and a member of General Manager David Caldwell's first draft class, was among eight players waived by the Jaguars Monday as they trimmed their active roster to 78 players.

The team made 12 roster moves Monday and must make three more by Tuesday at 4 p.m. That's the NFL's deadline for teams to reduce active rosters to 75 players.

McCray, a seventh-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, started 16 games in three seasons, but fell on  the depth chart with the offseason signing of free-agent cornerback Prince Amukamara and with cornerback Jalen Ramsey No. 5 being selected overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Jaguars on Monday also waived fourth-year linebacker Joplo Bartu, third-year wide receiver Shaq Evans, first-year kicker Sam Ficken, rookie cornerback Mike Hilton, first-year running back Cameron Marshall, fourth-year punter Ryan Quigley and rookie wide receiver Jamal Robinson.

The Jaguars also placed seventh-year offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach on injured reserve list, and waived/injured third-year safety Earl Wolff. The team assigned the reserve/physically unable to perform designation to third-year offensive lineman Luke Bowanko (hip) and rookie defensive end Jonathan Woodard (Achilles).

All NFL teams must reduce active rosters to a maximum of 53 players by September 3 at 4 p.m. ET. The Jaguars visit Atlanta in the preseason finale Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

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