The Jacksonville Jaguars today finalized a trade for fourth-year cornerback David Jones and were awarded third-year defensive tackle Landon Cohen (pictured) off waivers from the Detroit Lions. Offensive lineman Paul McQuistan was released to make room on the roster for Cohen. The Jaguars also signed four players to their practice squad and expect to sign four more on Monday.
Jones was acquired along with an undisclosed draft pick in a Saturday trade with the Cincinnati Bengals for safety Reggie Nelson. Jones, 6-0, 197, played in 33 games with seven starts for the Bengals the past three seasons. He appeared in a career-high 14 games in 2008 and totaled 44 tackles and seven passes defensed.
Jones played in 12 games in 2009 on defense and special teams. He was originally a fifth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2007 and was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati on September 2, 2007. A two-time all-conference performer at Wingate, he was the first player in school history to be drafted into the NFL. He is a native of Greenville, S.C. and attended Greenville High School.
Cohen, 6-3, 300, played in 24 games with four starts for the Lions the last two seasons. He was originally a seventh-round draft pick (216thoverall) in the 2008 draft. He started four of 14 games in 2009 and finished with 23 tackles and one forced fumble. As a rookie, he appeared in six games and totaled six tackles.
A native of Spartanburg, S.C., the 25-year old Cohen was a four-year starter at Ohio University. He registered 144 career tackles with 39.5 tackles for loss, tied for the fourth-most in school history, as he started 37 consecutive games to close his career. He earned his degree in public relations and social services management. He was an all-state selection at Spartanburg High School.
All four of the club's practice squad players who signed today had been with the team throughout the preseason and were waived in final cuts on Saturday. The Jaguars' practice squad players to date are:
Daniel Baldridge, OT, Marshall
Mike Caussin, TE, James Madison
John Matthews, WR, San Diego
Kommonyan Quaye, DT, South Dakota
NFL teams are limited to eight players on their practice squad.