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Marks to active roster as Jaguars move to 53


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars made their final moves to 53 Saturday afternoon.

The moves involved some big names – and another involved a significant move for perhaps the Jaguars' best defensive player.

Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, the team's sacks leader last season who spent the offseason/training camp rehabilitating after January reconstructive knee surgery, was moved from the physically unable to perform list to the team's active 53-man roster Saturday.

Marks' news came the same day the team released three players with experience with the Jaguars and moved another to veteran to injured reserve. Those four moves put the roster at the league-mandated 53, a number the team had to reach by Saturday at 4 p.m.

Released Saturday were linebacker Jeremiah George, safety Craig Loston and offensive lineman Austin Pasztor, all three of whom played for the Jaguars last season.

The team also placed defensive tackle Ziggy Hood on injured reserve.

Hood, a first-round selection by the Steelers in the 2009 NFL Draft who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in the 2014 offseason, entered training camp working with the first team at the three-technique position. That's the position where Marks starts when healthy.

Veteran Tyson Alualu also had been working with the starters at the three-technique throughout much of training camp. Rookie defensive tackle Michael Bennett, a sixth-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, also plays the three technique spot.

George, originally a fifth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, joined the Jaguars when he was signed off the Jets' practice squad on September 2 of last season. He played six games for the Jaguars last season and had been impressive at times during the preseason. The team kept starters Telvin Smith, Paul Posluszny and Dan Skuta at linebacker and rookie Thurston Armbrister, veteran John Lotulelei and outside linebacker LaRoy Reynolds also are on the roster.

Loston, who signed with the Jaguars as undrafted free agent shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft, played in 13 games for the Jaguars last season. He sustained an ankle injury in the preseason finale against Washington. The Jaguars kept starting strong safety Johnathan Cyprien and starting free safety Sergio Brown on the roster as well as third-year veteran Josh Evans and rookie James Sample.

Pasztor, who originally signed with Minnesota in 2012 as a collegiate free agent, played 26 games with 23 starts in three seasons with the Jaguars. He signed with the Jaguars' practice squad in September 2012 and was signed to the active roster in December that season, playing guard that season and tackle during most of the two seasons since. He started eight games last season and 12 in 2013.

The Jaguars kept four offensive linemen on the roster in addition to starters Luke Joeckel (left tackle), Zane Beadles (left guard), Stefen Wisniewski (center), Brandon Linder (right guard) and Jermey Parnell (right tackle). The four reserves kept were Luke Bowanko (center/guard/tackle) guard A.J. Cann, guard/center Tyler Shatley and tackle Sam Young.

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