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Jaguars release James Sample, sign Jeron Johnson

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The Jacksonville Jaguars release 2015 NFL Draft pick safety James Sample on Sunday prior to beginning practice and signed seventh-year safety Jeron Johnson in his place. The move was a bit of a surprise, this early in training camp, as it was believed that James Sample would battle for the back up strong safety position.

Sample came to the Jaguars with a little bit of hype, as he was a transfer to Louisville and seemed to be the more consistent of their safety duo. Sample was a bigger athlete who was thought to be able to play both safety positions, though injuries seemed to derail his NFL career as he could just never stay healthy.

To fill his roster spot, the Jaguars signed former Seattle Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson. The former Boise State star spent four seasons with the Seahawks as a special teamer and a backup before bouncing around a couple of teams in the NFL, such as Washington, the Kansas City Chiefs and another stint with the Seahawks.