Sometimes it’s not who a team cuts that’s newsworthy; it’s who they didn’t.
The Jaguars didn’t cut wide receiver Troy Williamson, nor did they cut wide receiver Matt Jones. Williamson was impressive during OTA’s and minicamp, but struggled some this summer. But he produced in the preseason finale, catching four passes for 84 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown. That catch likely saved his job.
Jones’ status was not in question during camp but rather before it.
Two weeks before training camp, an Arkansas police offer spotted Jones in his car allegedly cutting up cocaine wit a credit card. Jones was charged with possession of cocaine. He now faces an Oct. 10 trial date — two days before Jacksonville plays Denver -– as well as jail time.
Yet the Jaguars never have wavered in their support for Jones, as a person and player. Whereas some thought he would struggle to make the roster, Jones has played well enough to win a starting job this summer. The Jaguars are fully aware they could lose Jones later this season but they also recognize there’s nothing they can do except allow the legal process to take its course.
The Jaguars did release 19 players Saturday as well as place two players on the Physically Unable to Perform list in DB Chad Nkang and DL Jeremy Mincey.
DT Jonathan Lewis was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in the preseason finale at Washington.
Included in Saturday’s cuts were six veterans: QB Todd Bouman, RB Ciatrick Fason, LB Tony Gilbert, DT Jesse Mahelona, DE Kenny Pettway and DE Bo Schobel. Also waived was fifth-round draft pick DB Trae Williams and 12 other first-year players: TE Chris Brown, DE Mkristo Bruce, OT Andrew Carnahan, TE Charles Davis, CB Isaiah Gardner, CB Michael Grant, WR Ryan Hoag, G/OT Pete McMahon, C/G Drew Miller, CB Rashod Moulton, LB Lamar Myles and WR D’Juan Woods.