The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed second-year wide receiver Taylor Price off waivers from New England and signed second-year safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (uh-KWA-see uh-WOO-sue AHN-sah) to the active roster from the practice squad. Second-year tight end Fendi Onobun was waived and first-year defensive end John Chick was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury he suffered on Monday night against San Diego. In addition the team waived safety Matt Estrada from the practice squad and signed linebacker Kevin Malast to the practice squad.
Price, 6-0, 205, was a third-round draft pick of New England in 2010 and played in four games for the Patriots the last two seasons. He played in three games in 2011 before being waived on Dec. 3. He saw action in one game as a rookie and finished with three receptions for 41 yards.
A native of Hilliard, Ohio, Price was a four-year letterman at Ohio University. He holds the school record with 149 career receptions and ranks second with 2,019 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. As a senior, he had 56 receptions for 784 yards with five touchdowns. He attended Hilliard Darby High School where he lettered in football and baseball.
Price will wear jersey number 15.
Owusu-Ansah was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on Dec. 5. He was a fourth-round draft pick of Dallas in 2010 and played in 10 games the last two seasons for the Cowboys as a defensive back and return specialist. He spent the first nine weeks this season on the Cowboys practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster for three games.
Owusu-Ansah will wear jersey number 41.
Malast, 6-1, 233, signed as an undrafted rookie with the Chicago Bears in 2009 and was on the Bears practice squad for the last five weeks of that season. He spent the 2011 preseason with the Tennessee Titans but was waived prior to the season. Malast played collegiately at Rutgers, where he was a team captain and a two-year starter. He made 207 tackles along with three sacks, one interception an a forced and recovered fumble.