The Jacksonville Jaguars today made changes to their 53-man roster and their practice squad. Cornerback Michael Swift was waived from the active roster and replaced with RB Chad Dukes, and practice squad member Rod Monroe was released and replaced by DB Shad Criss.
Dukes spent this year's training camp with the Washington Redskins after spending all of 1999 on their practice squad and parts of '98 on practice squads in Washington and San Diego. A 6-0, 230-pounder, he was All-Arena Football League in 1998. At the University of Pittsburgh, he rushed for 402 yards in 32 games over three seasons. Dukes, 28, is a native of Colonie, Pa. He will wear jersey No. 42.
Swift had been signed by the Jaguars on July 23. He played in all four preseason games and in last Sunday's season opener at Cleveland. He is a three-year veteran who spent 1997 with the San Diego Chargers and 1998 and '99 with the Carolina Panthers, seeing action in 15 games.
Criss spent the preseason with the San Diego Chargers before being waived on August 27. In 1999, he started at cornerback for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, starting 17 of 18 games and ranking fifth in tackles and making two interceptions. He was a three-year starter at Missouri.
Monroe had originally been claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons on August 21, then waived on August 27 and signed to the practice squad the next day. He is a second-year player who spent 1998 and '99 on the Falcons' practice squad and 53-man roster.