JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have activated fifth-year OL Josh Wells from the team's reserve/injured list to the 53-man active roster and promoted rookie DL Lyndon Johnson from the practice squad, the club announced today. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars placed fourth-year OL Josh Walker (ankle) on the team's reserve/injured list and waived S Barry Church. The team also waived TE Niles Paul (non-football injury) from the club's reserve/injured list.
Wells, who originally signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie in 2014, was placed on the reserve/injured list with a groin injury on Oct. 12. Wells has appeared in 37 games in his five-year career and made six starts, including three starts at LT in 2018. He played in a career-high 15 games in 2017, making three starts. A native of Mechanicsville, Va., Wells was a four-year letterman and two-time second-team All-CAA selection at James Madison (2009-13). He attended Hanover (Mechanicsville, Va.) High School, where he threw for more than 4,000 yards and 28 TDs as a QB in his four-year career. Wells wears No. 72 for the Jaguars.
Johnson originally signed with the Jaguars as a rookie free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Cincinnati, where he appeared in 26 career games and totaled 31 tackles (17 solo), four tackles for a loss, three sacks and one forced fumble. Prior to enrolling at Cincinnati, he spent two years at Holmes Community College where he totaled 45 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and 9.0 sacks.
The Jaguars also signed K Kai Forbath, the club announced today. To make room on the roster, the club placed rookie LB Leon Jacobs (quadricep) on the team's reserve/injured list.
Forbath, who entered the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent with Dallas and first played with Washington from 2012-15, was most recently with Minnesota from 2016-17. He has made 116 of 135 career FGs (85.9 pct.) and 169 of 180 PATs (93.9 PAT pct.). In 2017, Forbath connected on 32 of 38 FGs (84.2 pct.) with the Vikings in the regular season and 3 of 4 FGs in the playoffs.
The Jaguars have now used one of their two reserve/designated for return designations and currently have 53 players on their active roster.