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Jaguars news roundup 8/21

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Sam Greenwood

Changing of the guard: 36 Jaguars have departed since the end of last season. |
When offensive lineman Jason Spitz was cut by the Jaguars Monday, he became the 36th player who was on last year’s roster at the end of the season to depart.The Jaguars still have 42 left from last season and 46 newcomers on their current 88 player roster. They must cut to 75 next Tuesday and then make the final cut to 53 a week from Saturday. Of the 36 players who have left, 25 are currently on NFL rosters and one, John Chick, is in the CFL.

Inside the Jaguars: Fisch says Henne at QB "Business As Usual"
As Jedd Fisch sees it, the situation is unusual but it’s not. Blaine Gabbert, named the Jaguars’ starting quarterback on Monday, didn’t practice Tuesday, and he isn’t expected to practice or play until the week of the regular-season opener because of a hairline fracture in his right thumb. That means Chad Henne, now the backup to Gabbert, worked with the starters and likely will do so far more often than not in the coming days and weeks, particularly as the team prepares to play Philadelphia in the third game of the preseason Monday.

Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts returns to practice, Blaine Gabbert in full pads |
The Jaguars had one of their top playmakers back in action on Tuesday.Receiver Cecil Shorts returned from a strained calf muscle in his left leg suffered in practice on Aug. 5.Shorts had been dominating in training camp prior to the injury. He missed the team's first two preseason games.Shorts, 25, caught 55 passes for 979 yards and seven touchdowns last season in 14 games.Outside linebacker Russell Allen (ankle) also was cleared to return to practice.

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