Jaguars re-sign OL Josh Wells

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JACKSONVILLE – Josh Wells is staying with the Jaguars.

In a move that helps the Jaguars' offensive line depth and keeps Wells with the team for which he has played the last three seasons, the fourth-year-veteran-to-be re-signed with the Jaguars Friday.

Wells, who originally joined the Jaguars as a collegiate free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on March 9.

"I want to be part of this organization and the things that are to come," Wells said Friday. "I'm excited to be a part of it."

Wells (6-feet-6, 306 pounds), who played collegiately at James Madison University, has appeared in 17 career games with the Jaguars on the offensive line and at special teams.

His career thus far has been marked by injuries. He spent the first 11 games of the 2016 regular season on injured reserve with a thumb injury before appearing in the final five games. He spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve with a thumb injury.

"Obviously [the injuries have been] a disappointment," Wells said, "but things have worked out. It's bene a bunch of prayers and keeping the faith, and I'm glad to still be a part of it."

Wells appeared in a career-high 12 games as a rookie in 2014, when he was one of three undrafted rookies to make the Week 1 roster along with offensive lineman Tyler Shatley and wide receiver Allen Hurns.

Wells played the past two seasons under then-assistant head coach-offense/offensive line coach Doug Marrone, who was named the Jaguars' head coach in January.

"He's been great the past couple of years," Wells said of Marrone. "I've learned a ton from him as far as being a pro and as far as being an offensive lineman. I'm very excited to have him as a head coach and the guys he has brought in around him.

"I know it's only the highest expectations and I'm ready to be a part of that."

Wells said his task moving forward is "to come in and compete."

"That's my only goal every day, to compete to be the best player I can be and hopefully make an impact for the team and organization," Wells said, adding that he believes his best football is ahead of him providing he can stay healthy.

"I believe that," he said. "I just hope to stay healthy and I want to put my best foot forward every time I step on the field, just to prove and make everything right, I guess. I just want to keep moving forward and be the best player I can be."

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