The Jacksonville Jaguars added another cornerback to the mix on Monday, claiming former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jamell Fleming on waivers. The team also announced offensive lineman Jacques McClendon was re-signed to the active roster and defensive end Chris McCoy was added to the practice squad. Wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and cornerback Marcus Burley were released.
Fleming, 24, was a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and made three starts for the Cardinals as a rookie. On Saturday, Jess Root of SB Nation's Cardinals blog, Revenge of the Birds, explained the rapid demise of Fleming:
Fleming was inactive in Week 1 and has taken a tumble in the league since being drafted. He had a great camp in 2012 and even saw significant playing time early. Then he was criticized by defense coordinator Ray Horton for being complacent and then, with the new coaching staff, found himself buried on the depth chart.
At 5'11, 206 pounds with 4.43 speed and a 34-inch vertical jump, Fleming has the length and athleticism that Gus Bradley likes to work with. The question during his time in the NFL has been his motivation and work ethic, though.
Ebert and Burley are likely candidates to be added to the practice squad again, assuming they clear waivers.