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Jaguars to release Datone Jones, per report

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars-Training Camp Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars do not have to complete their roster trim down until Saturday afternoon, but they’ve already started informing some players of their pending release. One veteran who has already been informed of his release is defensive lineman Datone Jones, according to one report.

The cut is a bit of a surprise, but perhaps the team leaked in hope of someone lower on the waiver wire being willing to throw a late round draft pick to get Jones on their roster. The former first-round pick had a good camp and preseason, finishing it off with a blocked field goal in the Jaguars preseason finale on Thursday evening.

Jones was pushing Duwuane Smoot for a roster spot and both started playing well enough to where it appeared the team might keep 10 defensive lineman and roster both players, but it does seem the team decided to go with the younger player who has shown some improvement this offseason.

It’s also worth mentioning that because Jones is a vested veteran, his salary could be guaranteed once the season starts, so it could also be someone the Jaguars bring back after the season starts if he’s still a free agent.