Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Make Roster Moves; Team Claims Pair of Defenders off Waivers, Re-Signs WR Benn and Releases RB Banyard

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Make Roster Moves; Team Claims Pair of Defenders off Waivers, Re-Signs WR Benn and Releases RB Banyard

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

The Jaguars made five moves involving their 53-man roster Sunday.

The Jaguars claimed Baltimore Ravens linebacker Arthur Brown and Tennessee Titans safety Marqueston Huff off waivers, re-signed receiver Arrelious Benn, released running back Joe Banyard and placed offensive tackle Josh Wells on injured reserve.

Because he was on the initial 53-man roster, Wells (thumb surgery last month) can still play this year if given the return-to-play designation when healthy.

The Jaguars signed seven players to their practice squad (three spots remain open): offensive tackle Rashod Hill, defensive tackle Richard Ash, cornerback Nick Marshall and receivers Shaq Evans, Rashad Lawrence and Shane Wynn. Each player was in training camp with the Jaguars. The Jaguars have also been connected with former Titans offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi, but he had yet to sign.

Four players the Jaguars waived were claimed by other teams: tight end Braedon Bowman (New York Jets), linebacker Thurston Armbrister (Detroit), cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (Cleveland) and defensive end Tyrone Holmes (Cleveland).

The Jaguars and San Francisco each had four cut players claimed to lead the league; Cleveland added a league-high five players.

The roster moves leave the Jaguars with four tailbacks, six receivers, eight offensive linemen and six linebackers when they return to practice Monday.

Baltimore traded fifth- and sixth-round picks plus its second-round selection (No. 62) in 2013 to move up to draft Brown, who played at Kansas State. But he never started a game for the Ravens, deemed a bad fit to play inside linebacker in the Ravens' 3-4 scheme. He is likely to work at outside linebacker in the Jaguars' 4-3 system.

Brown has only 17 career tackles, and last year, he played defense in only two of 16 games (10 snaps). …

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