JACKSONVILLE –The Jacksonville Jaguars have elevated K Matthew Wright to the active/inactive list for today's game via standard practice squad elevation and activated WR Tavon Austin from the reserve/injured-designated for return list to the active roster. See attached for Wright's and Austin's bios.
Wright, 6-0, 179, played in three games with Pittsburgh in 2020 and went 4-of-4 on field goals and 7-of-7 on PATs. He also handled 14 kickoffs for the Steelers. He spent a portion of the 2021 training camp with Detroit.
The Lancaster, Pa. native attended Central Florida and is the school's record holder in points (375), PATs (212) and field goals (55). As a redshirt senior, he was named Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference after finishing the 2018 season by going 12-of-14 on field goals and 74-of-74 on PATs. He played at Lampeter-Strasburg High School in Lampeter, Pa. and was named Pennsylvania Football News Class AAA First-Team and aSection Two First-Team All-Star as a placekicker and punter.
Austin, 5-8, 180, is in his ninth season in the NFL after initially being drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2013 draft. His career totals include 100 games played – 75 with the Rams (2013-17), 21 with the Cowboys (2018-19) and four with the Packers (2020). Austin has recorded 3,366 scrimmage yards in his nine-year career (1,340 rushing yards and 2,026 receiving yards). In the 2021 preseason with the Jaguars, Austin caught eight passes for 89 yards and one TD and was placed on injured reserve on September 1 with a quadricep injury.
The Baltimore native attended West Virginia and earned First-Team All-Big-12 honors as a senior in 2012 after finishing with 114 receptions for 1,289 yards and 12 TDs to go along with 643 rushing yards and three TDs. Additionally, he had 32 kick returns for 813 yards and 15 punt returns for 165 yards. He was named the Paul Hornung Award winner in 2012, which recognizes and rewards versatile, high-level performers in major college football.
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