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Five on, five off: Jaguars churn roster

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JACKSONVILLE – The roster moves continued in a big way Sunday.

A day after the Jaguars trimming to the league-mandated 53 players, the Jaguars on Sunday churned five more spots at the bottom of the roster.

And these moves included some familiar names.

The Jaguars on Sunday claimed five players off waivers: rookie defensive tackle Eli Ankou (via Houston), third-year tight end James O'Shaughnessy (via New England), rookie linebacker Donald Payne (via Baltimore), second-year defensive back Lafayette Pitts (via Miami) and first-year offensive tackle William Poehls (via Chicago).

The Jaguars announced the moves Sunday, also announcing they had released fifth-year defensive tackle Stefan Charles and waived first-year quarterback Brandon Allen, second-year offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi, third-year linebacker Hayes Pullard III and third-year tight end Neal Sterling.

The moves reshaped the depth at several positions, leaving the Jaguars with two quarterbacks – starter Blake Bortles and Chad Henne – and adding a sixth cornerback. The Jaguars cornerbacks are now: Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, nickel Aaron Colvin, rookie Jalen Myrick, Pitts and Tyler Patmon.

Charles had signed with the Jaguars in March as an unrestricted free agent from Detroit, and the four players released Sunday played with the Jaguars last season. Poutasi started one game for the Jaguars last season, and Sterling – a seventh-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft – played in 19 games over the last two seasons, catching 12 passes for 110 yards last season.

Pullard, originally a seventh-round selection by Cleveland in the 2016 NFL Draft, played in 24 games for the Jaguars over the past two seasons, mostly on special teams.

Allen, a 2016 sixth-round selection from Arkansas who spent last season on the Jaguars' active roster without playing in a regular-season game, completed 22 of 31 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown with an interception in the Jaguars' preseason finale this past Thursday.

A look at the five players claimed:

*Ankou (6-feet-3, 290 pounds), who signed as a free agent with Houston from UCLA shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft, recorded five tackles (three solo), one tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery in three preseason games.

*O'Shaughnessy (6-4, 245), originally a fifth-round selection by Kansas City in the 2015 NFL Draft from Illinois State, played in 23 games in two seasons with the Chiefs and caught eight passes for 86 yards. He was traded to New England in April and released Saturday.

*Payne (5-11, 217), who signed as a free agent with Baltimore from Stetson shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft, recorded 11 tackles (eight solo), one forced fumble and was also credited with four special teams tackles in three preseason games.

*Pitts (5-11, 194), who signed as a free agent with Miami from Pittsburgh shortly after the 2016 NFL Draft, played in eight games with three tackles as rookie for the Dolphins.

*Poehls (6-8, 344), who signed as a free agent with Tennessee from Montana shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft, has spent time with Chicago (2016-17), Buffalo (2016) and Tennessee (2014-15). He has played both tackle positions and has not played in an NFL regular-season game.

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