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Branden Albert released by Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially release veteran offensive lineman Branden Albert, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise, as it was reported the Jaguars had placed Albert on the retired list, but it makes you wonder if the Jaguars felt Albert would press the issue and actually come out of retirement and report.

At the end of the day though, the Jaguars have officially released Albert and he is now a street free agent, free to sign with any team who might want him.

Thankfully the Jaguars current starting left tackle, second-round pick Cam Robinson, looked good in his preseason debut on Thursday evening. Robinson looked just fine in pass protection and had some good push in the run game. He was essentially invisible against the Patriots on Thursday, which is exactly what you want out of a rookie offensive lineman.

The long national Branden Albert nightmare is finally over.