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JAGUARS SIGN JOE PATTON, PLACE SCHWARTZ ON I.R.; ACTIVATE BURNETT, BATTLE SIGNED TO PRACTICE SQUAD

The Jacksonville Jaguars today made four roster changes. They

signed offensive tackle Joe Patton, a five-year veteran of the

Washington Redskins, to fill the roster opening made yesterday

when Tony Boselli was placed on injured reserve. Middle linebacker

Bryan Schwartz was placed on injured reserve because of a

hamstring injury, and his roster spot was filled by Chester Burnett,

who was on the practice squad. And wide receiver James Battle

was signed to the practice squad.

Patton played in 61 games, making 54 starts, for the Redskins from

1994 to '98. He was released on August 30. A versatile player who

has seen action at both guard spots and left tackle, Patton was a

third-round draft choice in 1994 out of Alabama A&M. He played

two games as a rookie, then moved into the starting lineup in 1995,

replacing Jim Lachey. He started 15 games in 1996 and was the

only Redskins offensive lineman to start every game in '97. In '98,

he missed five games with injuries but still started 10 games at three

different positions. Patton, who turned 28 today, is 6-5, 306 pounds.

Schwartz injured his hamstring in practice on December 24. He had

played in eight games, making six tackles on defense and four on

special teams, and forced a key fumble in the October 17 Cleveland

game. A five-year veteran with the Jaguars who has started 40 of

55 games played, Schwartz did not play in the first five games of

this season because of a hamstring injury.

Burnett was signed to the Jaguars' practice squad on December 28.

He was with the team from September 29 through October 13,

although he was inactive for all three games in which he was on the

53-man roster before being waived. He had been waived by the

Redskins in the final cuts on September 5. Burnett, 25, was a

seventh-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 1998 and

was waived before the start of the season. He was signed to

Washington's practice squad and then activated to the 53-man

roster for the final five games of the season, playing both linebacker

and on special teams, where he made two tackles. The 5-10,

238-pound Burnett was a four-year letterman at the University of

Arizona.

Battle was with the Jaguars in the 1999 training camp from August

2-31, when he was waived in the cut to 65 players. An undrafted

rookie out of Oregon State, where he was a two-year letterman,

Battle spent the early part of training camp with the Oakland

Raiders. In his last collegiate season in 1998, the 6-2, 200-pound

Battle caught 31 passes for 563 yards (18.2-yard average) and two

TDs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patton will wear jersey No. 68, and Burnett will

wear No. 54.

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