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Roster moves: Jaguars make four waiver claims

Roster Transaction

JACKSONVILLE – Consider this a day for adjusting.

The Jaguars, a day after reducing their 2019 roster to the NFL-mandated 53 players, on Sunday claimed four players to address two offensive positions – tight end and running back – and a key special teams position.

The Jaguars claimed tight end Seth DeValve and lone snapper Matt Orzech on Sunday, also claiming running backs Tyler Ervin and Devine Ozigbo. They claimed DeValve from Cleveland, Ervin and Orzech from Baltimore and Ozigbo from New Orleans.

The Jaguars on Sunday also released defensive tackle Eli Ankou, tight end Ben Koyack and long snapper Matt Overton. They also placed running back Alfred Blue on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Blue, who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent from the Houston Texans this past offseason, will be eligible to return later this season.

Orzech, who played collegiately at Azusa Pacific before signing with the Ravens as a collegiate free agent shortly after the 2019 NFL Draft, will assume long-snapper duties.

DeValve, a fourth-round selection by Cleveland in the 2016 NFL Draft, has 48 receptions for 596 yards and four touchdowns in three NFL seasons. Ervin, a fourth-round selection by Houston in the 2016 NFL Draft, played 25 games for the Texans in three seasons with 15 yards rushing, 91 yards receiving, a 21.0-yard average on kickoff returns and an 8.9-yard average on punt returns.

Ozigbo signed with the New Orleans Saints as a collegiate free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft and spent the offseason and training camp with the team.

The Jaguars on Saturday kept three running backs on their initial 53-man roster, but Blue missed the last two preseason games with an ankle injury. They initially kept four tight ends, but rookie tight end Josh Oliver missed the preseason with a hamstring injury.

Tight ends now on the roster: James O'Shaughnessy, Oliver, Geoff Swaim and DeValve, while Orzech has the ability to contribute at the position, as well. Running backs on the roster: Leonard Fournette, Ryquell Armstead, Ervin and Ozigbo.

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