JACKSONVILLE – The trimming has begun.
Defensive lineman Datone Jones and offensive tackle Josh Wells – a pair of experienced veterans – have been released by the Jaguars. The moves were announced Friday as the team began moving from the 90-player offseason roster to the regular-season limit of 53.
The Jaguars also on Friday released veteran linebacker Ramik Wilson and running back Thomas Rawls. They released linebacker Davis Tull via injury settlement.
Wells originally signed with the Jaguars as collegiate free agent shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft. He started nine games and played in 39 for the team.
Wilson, Rawls and Jones all signed with the Jaguars as free agents this past offseason. Tull joined the Jaguars during training camp.
NFL teams must trim their roster to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m., meaning the Jaguars must make 32 more roster moves before then.
The team released the five players Friday afternoon because they are vested veterans who can sign with other teams immediately. Younger players are placed on the waiver wire on Saturday at 4 p.m. and, if they clear waivers on Sunday at noon and are eligible, they can be signed to the team's 10-man practice squad.