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JAGUARS SIGN THREE PLAYERS TO 1998 CONTRACTS

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed three players to 1998 contracts: veteran wide receiver Jermaine Ross and first-year defensive tackle Dwaine Robinson and safety Tre Thomas.

Ross, 26, played for the Rams from 1994 through the first five games of the '97 season after being on injured reserve all of 1995 with a knee injury. In three seasons, Ross has 16 receptions for 196 yards and one touchdown in 20 games played. A native of Jeffersonville, Ind., Ross caught 57 passes for 1,072 yards and six TDs in his final two seasons at Purdue. The 6-0, 190-pound Ross also returned kickoffs, ranking second in the Big Ten as a senior and fourth as a junior.

Robinson, 22, spent the final four weeks of the 1997 season on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad. He was an undrafted rookie in training camp with the Washington Redskins, but he was waived in the cut to 60 players on August 19. Robinson, 6-4 and 290 pounds, was Virginia Union's leading tackler and sacker in 1996.

Thomas, 22, was an undrafted rookie with the Detroit Lions who was waived in the August 19 cuts and was out of football the rest of 1997. He started 33 of 40 games played in four years at Texas, making three interceptions. He was also a mainstay on special teams. The 6-1, 211-pound Thomas is from Houston.

These roster moves bring the Jaguars' current roster count to 64 players.

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