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Jacksonville Jaguars Release Zay Jones, Eye Jarvis Landry For Minicamp

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The Jacksonville Jaguars made a significant move in their roster on Tuesday by releasing veteran wide receiver Zay Jones. This decision came just five days following the team’s selection of LSU standout Brian Thomas Jr. with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft. Additionally, the Jaguars are in talks to bring in five-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry for their upcoming rookie minicamp.

Jones, a seasoned receiver with a career spanning seven years across teams like the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, and Jacksonville, had been facing injury woes, missing eight games in the previous season due to knee and hamstring issues. Apart from his on-field challenges, Jones also faced legal troubles as he dealt with a domestic violence charge that was later dropped. The release sees the Jaguars part ways with a player who totaled over 3,000 career receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.

With the cap space freed up by Jones’ departure, Jacksonville eyes the potential signing of Jarvis Landry, who sat out the 2023 season and is now determined to make a return to the NFL. Landry, with nine seasons under his belt playing for teams like the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns, looks to bounce back after a challenging year with the New Orleans Saints in 2022. Landry’s arrival could provide a boost to the Jaguars’ receiving options alongside rising star Trevor Lawrence.

The Jaguars have been proactive in solidifying their roster, exercising fifth-year contract options on Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne. Both first-round picks from Clemson in 2021, Lawrence and Etienne have shown promise in their roles. Jacksonville is eager to secure Lawrence to a long-term deal, banking on his potential to lead the team to success on the field.

Moreover, the Jaguars also made moves in other areas, parting ways with kicker Joey Slye after drafting Cam Little from Arkansas in the recent draft. The team’s agreements with 13 undrafted free agents signal a commitment to bolstering depth across various positions as they gear up for the upcoming season.

Rachel Adams

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