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Jaguars release Ace Sanders


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars have parted ways with a recent draft selection.

They also trimmed the punt-returner position by one.

Ace Sanders, a fourth-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2013 NFL Draft, was released by the team on Friday afternoon. Sanders played 27 games with four starts in two seasons.

Sanders caught 57 passes for 539 yards and a touchdown in his Jaguars career, but after catching 51 passes for 484 yards and a touchdown while playing extensively as an outside and slot receiver as a rookie, his production slipped last season.

He missed the first four games of the season under an NFL suspension, then caught just six passes for 55 yards in 12 games after that. Sanders returned 25 punts for a 5.6-yard average as a rookie and 32 punts for a 7.1-yard average last season.

All four of Sanders' NFL starts came during his rookie 2013 season.

Sanders' release leaves eight veteran receivers on the Jaguars' roster: Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Arrelious Benn, Tandon Doss, Damian Copeland, Bryan Walters and first-year veteran Tony Washington. The Jaguars drafted Neal Sterling and Rashad Green this offseason.

Doss and Walters likely will compete for the punt returner role, with Doss signing as an unrestricted free agent from Baltimore last offseason and Walters signing as an unrestricted free agent from Seattle this offseason.

Sanders became the first player selected by Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell to be released by the team. All of the team's selections from the 2014 and 2015 remain with the team.

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