New Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell continued his purge of the roster built by former-GM Gene Smith, as the team cut ties with 2012 seventh-round pick Jeris Pendleton on Wednesday afternoon to make room for wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, a seventh-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2012.
Pendleton, 29, was one of the feel-good stories of the 2012 offseason as his journey to the NFL was a long one that featured a six-year hiatus from football to support his family before eventually returning to play for Ashland University. It was a pick that made sense for a team that thought it could be competitive right away, but the odds were stacked against him as the Jaguars began a roster turnover that will look to highlight youth. Those odds continue to stack up when the Jaguars claimed both Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love last week.
Ebert, 24, was a stand-out receiver at Northwestern University, accumulating 173 career receptions for 2,400 yards with 21 touchdowns. During his rookie season he was cut by the Patriots and landed on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad before re-signing with the Patriots after the season. When the team drafted two receivers in the 2013 NFL Draft, he became expendable once again and was released immediately following the draft.
The Jaguars now have 11 receivers on roster and seven players listed as defensive tackles.