The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed second-year running back Jonas Grayto the 53-man active roster off of Miami's practice squad. To make room on the roster, the club waived first-year wide receiver Rashad Lawrence.
Gray, 5-10, 225, has appeared in 14 career games and has totaled 120 rushes for 534 yards (4.5 rush avg.) and five touchdowns and has caught seven passes for 79 yards (11.3 rec. avg.). Gray was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by Miami in 2012 and was waived by the Dolphins during final cuts on Aug. 31, 2013. He spent the 2013 season on Baltimore's practice squad.
After signing with New England's practice squad early 2014, Gray was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 16, 2014 and appeared in eight games (three starts) for the Patriots, totaling 412 rushing yards on 89 carries (4.6 rush avg.), including AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing 37 times for 201 yards and a franchise-record four rushing touchdowns in the win at Indianapolis (Nov. 16, 2014). Gray became the first Patriots player to rush for 100 yards in both the first and second half. Gray was released by the Patriots during final cuts in 2015 and signed with Miami's practice squad on Sept. 9, 2015. Gray has played in six games for the Dolphins this season and has rushed 31 times for 122 yards (3.9 rush avg.). Gray was waived on Nov. 10 and signed back to Miami's practice squad the following day.
Gray, a native of Pontiac, Mich., was a four-year letterman at Notre Dame from 2008-11 and rushed for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns on 114 carries (6.9 rush avg.) as a senior prior to tearing his ACL. Gray was a two-sport athlete (also ran track) at Detroit Country Day and rushed for 2,614 yards on 341 carries (7.7 rush avg.) and 32 touchdowns as a senior in 2007 en route to an appearance in the state championship.
Lawrence, 6-2, 195, was promoted to the Jaguars' active roster when Toby Gerhart was placed on the team's reserve/injured list on Dec. 5.