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Roster Reduction: Jaguars move to 53 players


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars reduced their roster in a big way Saturday.

Nine days before the 2020 regular-season opener, the Jaguars had their busiest transaction day of the year as they reduced their roster to the NFL regular-season limit of 53 players. Teams had until Saturday at 4 p.m. EST to do so.

The Jaguars waived 19 players Saturday and released two others. They also placed one player on the waived/injured list, one on reserve/injured, one on reserve/COVID-19 and two on the reserve/suspended by Commissioner list.

Included among the departures: two of the team's four quarterbacks, with the team releasing eighth-year quarterback Mike Glennon and waiving third-year quarterback Josh Dobbs. Starter Gardner Minshew II and sixth-round rookie Jake Luton are the two quarterbacks on the team's 53-player roster.

The Jaguars waived three other players who spent time on the team's active roster last season: third-year cornerback Parry Nickerson, second-year linebacker Joe Giles-Harris and long snapper Matt Orzech. They also waived/injured wide receiver Michael Walker (knee), who was on the active roster last season.

All 12 members of the Jaguars' 2020 NFL Draft class made the 53-player roster and four undrafted rookies made it.

The draft class: Cornerback CJ Henderson (Round 1), defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson (Round 1), wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (Round 2), nose tackle DaVon Hamilton (Round 3), cornerback Josiah Scott (Round 4), linebacker Shaq Quarterman (Round 4), offensive lineman Ben Bartch (Round 4), safety Daniel Thomas (Round 5), wide receiver Collin Johnson (Round 5), quarterback Jake Luton (Round 6), tight end Tyler Davis (Round 6) and cornerback Chris Claybrooks (Round 7).

The undrafted rookies: cornerback Luc Barcoo, running back James Robinson, defensive tackle Doug Costin and long snapper Ross Matiscik.

The team announced the transactions late Saturday afternoon, with all players released/waived Saturday eligible to be on the Jaguars' practice squad.

Because of COVID-19, practice squad are expanded compared with previous seasons – with 16 players on the practice squad and six of those players allowed to be veterans of unlimited experience.

Teams this season because also will be able to protect up to four practice-squad players per week from being signed by other teams, and they will be able to promote two practice-squad players a week without signing those players to the active roster.

Saturday's moves:

*Waived: rookie running back Nathan Cottrell, Dobbs, rookie tight end Ben Ellefson, rookie linebacker Nate Evans, first-year tight end Matthew Flanagan, Giles-Harris, first-year wide receiver Terry Godwin, rookie wide receiver Josh Hammond, first-year offensive lineman Blake Hance, rookie cornerback Amari Henderson, second-year offensive lineman K.C. McDermott, second-year offensive lineman Garrett McGhin, Nickerson, Orzech, rookie offensive lineman Austin Pleasants, first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope, rookie safety J.R. Reed, rookie wide receiver Marvelle Ross and rookie offensive lineman Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms.

*Released: Glennon and fifth-year defensive lineman Caraun Reid.

*Waived/injured: Walker.

*Reserve/injured: eleventh-year cornerback Tramaine Brock.

*Reserve/COVID-19: second-year running back Ryquell Armstead.

*Reserve/suspended by Commissioner: fifth-year defensive tackle Carl Davis (four games) and seventh-year defensive end Josh Mauro (five games).

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