The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie TE Alex Ellis, first-year RB Bronson Hill and second-year OL Jeremiah Poutasi to the team's practice squad, the club announced today. The Jaguars have now filled all 10 spots on their practice squad.
Ellis, 6-4, 253, was signed by the Titans as an undrafted rookie on May 9, 2016. A former walk-on who earned a scholarship at Tennessee, Ellis appeared in 26 games and totaled 14 receptions for 232 yards and one touchdown. As a senior, Ellis played in all 13 games and made eight catches for 117 yards. Ellis graduated from Tennessee in May 2016 with a degree in biomedical engineering. The son of Shea Ellis and Mackenzie Hay, Ellis was born on Feb. 10, 1993.
Hill, 5-10, 215, has spent time with the Bills, Saints, Dolphins, Bears and Bengals before signing with the Jaguars to join the practice squad. Hill was originally signed by Buffalo as an undrafted rookie on August 7, 2015. Hill spent the 2016 offseason with the Bengals before being waived during Saturday's final roster reductions. Hill played four seasons (2011-14) at Eastern Michigan, totaling 2,359 rushing yards, all of those over his last three years. As a junior, Hill rushed 196 times for 1,101 yards (5.6 rush avg.), including 257 rushing yards vs. Ohio. Hill also competed on the school's track team as a sprinter. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Hill attended Catholic Central High School, where he rushed for a school-record 23 TDs as a senior, earning second-team all-state honors.
Poutasi, 6-5, 335, played in 11 games with seven starts at RT during his rookie season in 2015 for the Titans. A third-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, Poutasi played both guard and tackle at Utah and entered the draft following his junior campaign. Poutasi was waived by Tennessee during final roster reductions before signing to the Jaguars' practice squad. Poutasi was a three-year starter at Utah where he played in 36 games with 35 starts (left tackle as a junior, right tackle as a true freshman and sophomore). The Las Vegas native attended Desert Pines (Nev.) High School where he was a team captain as a senior and also competed on the school's bowling team, posting a high score of 283. Poutasi is married to his wife, DeAnna, and was born on August 7, 1994.