The Jacksonville Jaguars have released 21 players on Friday and will get a roster exemption for the four-game suspension of wide receiver Justin Blackmon to get their roster down to the mandatory 53 players. According to Jaguars' senior team writer, John Oehser, Jacskonville's final cuts include 12 veterans and seven rookies, and two reserve quarterbacks headline the roster moves.
"It's always tough to let go of men that have played such an important role in what we are building here," general manager David Caldwell said in reference to the team's recent roster decisions. "We will continue to compete on a daily basis to build the best roster possible."
With the release of quarterbacks Mike Kafka and Matt Scott, the team will go with three quarterbacks for their final roster--Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, and recently acquired off the waiver wire Ricky Stanzi from Kansas City. A risky move considering Gabbert's recent injury, but the team must feel confident the young quarterback will return to the lineup soon.
Neither Kafka or Scott impressed in the preseason, which led to the team going in another direction in Stanzi for the third quarterback position.
Here is a list of the players the Jaguars released on Friday:
Offense - QB Mike Kafka, QB Matt Scott, RB Jonathan Grimes, TE Ryan Otten, WR Tobias Palmer, WR Jeremy Ebert, WR Charly Martin, WR Toney Clemons, G Drew Nowak, T Pat McQuistan, T R.J. Dill,
Defense - DE Pannel Egboh, DE Ryan Davis, DT D'Anthony Smith, LB Mike Zimmer, LB Julian Stanford, LB Brandon Marshall, CB Kevin Rutland, CB Marcus Trufant, S Steven Terrell
One notable cut is veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant, who spent many seasons starting on the Seahawks' defense, but his abilities have digressed as of late and his venture in Jacksonville may have been his one last shot at making an NFL roster.
In addition to theses releases, the Jaguars also signed veteran cornerback Will Blackmon and defensive end Kyle Knox last week to bring some more depth to their defense.
These roster moves put the Jaguars' at 54 players on their final roster, but they will receive a roster exemption for Justin Blackmon who won't count against the team's roster for the first four weeks of the season because of the suspension he will be serving for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
When Blackmon returns to the team in week five, the team will be forced to release another player to open up a roster space for the second-year receiver.
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