Less than a week after wide receiver Kevin Elliott started in the place of an injured Cecil Shorts III, the Jaguars waived the undrafted rookie on Friday and filled his spot on the roster by promoting offensive lineman Austin Pasztor from the practice squad, the team announced Friday.
Elliott, 23, played in each of the first 13 games for the Jaguars, contributing on offense and special teams. He accumulated 10 receptions for 108 yards, but struggled with drops at times and had a few key drops during last Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Jets.
Pasztor, 22, is a Canadian-born lineman that was the fourth overall selection in the CFL Draft, but went undrafted for the NFL. However, he signed with the Vikings before he was released by the team in the final cuts just prior to the start of the regular season. He was signed to the Jaguars practice squad in September and has worked with the team for the majority of the season.
The move is a peculiar one considering the flashes of potential that Elliott showed in training camp and preseason. Although he had drops, it wasn't as much a case of poor hands as a young player that was struggling to mentally adapt to the next level. Justin Blackmon has had similar problems in 2012 and Shorts was a complete non-factor during his rookie season in 2011.
The Jaguars also signed wide receiver Jerrell Jackson to the practice squad.