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Official: Oliver signs rookie contract


JACKSONVILLE – The signings came fast for the Jaguars Thursday.

The team finished the afternoon having signed more than half of their 2019 NFL Draft class, with their third-round selection being one of the signed draft choices.

Josh Oliver, a tight end from San Jose State selected by the Jaguars in the third round of the '19 draft – No. 69 overall – signed his rookie contract late Thursday afternoon.

"It's a great feeling just to come see my new home," Oliver said. "To finally sign that paperwork that makes me a Jag … I couldn't be happier. I texted my parents and said, 'It's really real. I'm living in Jacksonville now. I'm a Jaguar. It's a blessing. I couldn't be more excited for this opportunity."

Oliver (6-feet-5, 250 pounds), who started 36 of 49 games in college, was a first-team All-Mountain West selection this past season. He caught 98 passes for 1,067 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons, catching 56 passes for 709 yards and four touchdowns as a senior.

"It's something I dreamt of since I was a little boy," Oliver said of signing an NFL contract Thursday. "I just have to thank God. This wouldn't be possible without him."

He will participate in the team's rookie minicamp at TIAA Bank Field this weekend.

"It's just another time to get better, another opportunity to get better, to step out on the field," Oliver said.

The Jaguars now have signed four members of the 2019 draft class. Seventh-round defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, sixth-round quarterback Gardner Minshew and fifth-round running back RyQuell Armstead signed earlier Thursday.

Oliver's signing leaves the Jaguars with three unsigned draft selections: edge defender Josh Allen (Round 1, No. 7 overall), right tackle Jawaan Taylor (Round 2, No. 35 overall) and linebacker Quincy Williams (Round 4, No. 98 overall).

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