JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-year TE Nick O’Leary and promoted rookie TE Charles Jones to the active roster, the club announced today. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars placed rookie TE Josh Oliver (back) and sixth-year LB Lerentee McCray (hamstring) on the team’s reserve/injured list. The Jaguars also signed rookie TE Matt Sokol to the team’s practice squad.
O’Leary, 6-3, 252, was originally drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round (194th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. His career totals include 44 receptions for 596 yards and three TDs during three seasons (2015-17) with the Bills and two (2018-19) with the Dolphins. He played in seven games with two for Miami earlier this season before being released on Oct. 29. The Florida State product had his most productive season in 2017 in Buffalo when he set career-highs with 22 receptions for 322 yards and two TDs. O’Leary was a four-year letterman (2011-14) with the Seminoles and a three-year starter and played in 54 games with 41 starts in Tallahassee, posting 114 receptions for 1,592 yards and 17 TDs. As a senior in 2014, he earned the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end, as well as first-team All-America honors. O’Leary attended William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. His grandfather is legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus will wear No. 86 for the Jaguars.
Jones, 6-4, 255, spent the previous 11 weeks of the season on the Jaguars’ practice squad. He attended Tulane and appeared in 40 games (22 starts), totaling 40 receptions for 268 yards and five TDs. A native of New Orleans, La., he attended St. Augustine High School – the same high school as RB Leonard Fournette -- and recorded 37 passes for 602 yards and seven TDs as a senior. Jones’ cousin, Jacoby Jones, played in the NFL for the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens. Jones will wear No. 85 for the Jaguars.
Sokol, 6-5, 249, originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers after playing collegiately at Michigan State. In college, he caught 31 career passes for 348 yards and two TDs.