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Jaguars awarded Smith off Waivers


The Jacksonville Jaguars have been awarded fourth-year safety Anthony Smith off waivers from the St. Louis Rams. Cornerback Scott Starks was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Smith, 6-0, 200, has played in 48 games with 14 starts for the Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis, with career totals of 99 tackles, four interceptions and 23 special teams tackles. Smith played in two games for the Rams this season after being claimed off waivers, finishing with five tackles, before he was waived on November 5.

Smith was originally a third-round draft pick in 2006 by Pittsburgh, where he played in 46 games over three seasons. He signed with the Green Bay Packers on March 6 and was released during final cuts.

A native of Hubbard, Ohio, Smith was a four-year letterman at Syracuse. He finished his career college ranked third in school history with 14 career interceptions and 293 tackles.

Starks played in five of the first seven games for the Jaguars this season and had seven tackles and two special teams tackles. The 2005 third-round pick has played in 54 career games and recorded 54 tackles and two interceptions.

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