Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ten Ex-Jags Still Alive in Playoffs; DL Ash Making Most of Opportunity with Cowboys

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ten Ex-Jags Still Alive in Playoffs; DL Ash Making Most of Opportunity with Cowboys

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Byline: Vito Stellino

Ryan Davis' misfortune turned out to be Richard Ash's good fortune.

The two ex-Jaguar defensive linemen crossed paths in Dallas last month when Davis suffered a season-ending knee injury and was placed on the injured reserve list. The Cowboys signed Ash off the Jaguars practice squad to replace him for the final regular season game.

That means Ash, whose season would be over in Jacksonville if Davis hadn't been injured, is now one of 10 ex-Jaguars on the rosters of the eight teams still competing in the playoffs this year.

Davis, who was originally signed by the Jaguars in 2012 and played 38 games in four years with the team, was cut by the Jaguars at the end of training camp and was signed by the Cowboys 10 days later.

The fact that a playoff team like the Cowboys signed two Jaguars defensive linemen this year illustrates that players sometimes can be a fit for the right team at the right time.

Last year, 17 ex-Jaguars were on the final eight playoff teams.

Ash played in just two games for the Jaguars - one each in 2015 and 2016 - after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan.

He made his Cowboys debut against the Eagles in the season final and had two tackles.

If he is active, he'll be playing in a divisional playoff game against Green Bay on Sunday. It would be a remarkable turnaround for a player who mostly toiled in obscurity on the practice squad in his first two seasons.

A look at the other nine ex-Jaguars on playoff rosters:

Justin Durant, LB, Dallas: Drafted in the second round by the Jaguars in 2007 and spent four years with the team, two with the Lions, two with the Cowboys, a year in Atlanta and returned to the Cowboys this year. He missed the last two games with an elbow injury but is likely to play against Green Bay as a backup.

Jonathan Grimes, RB, Houston: Signed as undrafted free agent by the Texans in 2012, his third stint with the team. He spent an offseason with the Jaguars, who signed him on Dec. 21, 2012 and cut him at the end of camp in 2013. He had 23 carries for 105 yards in 10 games this year for Texans. …

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