Today, the team announced that they have signed Chase McLaughlin off of the Minnesota Vikings practice squad.
#Jaguars have signed second-year K Chase McLaughlin off Minnesota’s practice squad to the active roster, the club announced today.— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) November 10, 2020
While there were some reports the team could re-sign kicker Jon Brown, who is currently on the team’s practice squad, the Jaguars have gone in another direction, opting to take a chance on their sixth kicker in nine games.
McLuaghlin, entering his second year in the NFL, has played for multiple teams and has appeared in 11 career games for the Colts, Chargers and 49ers — all during the 2019 season — and has converted 18 of 23 field goals (78.3 %) and 26 of 26 PATs (100.0 %). McLaughlin was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2019 out of the University of Illinois.
On Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the Jaguars will have used six kickers this season, including Lambo, McLaughlin, Brown, Brandon Wright, Steven Hauschka and Aldrick Rosas. The team signed Rosas to its practice squad yesterday, he will have to serve the last two games of his four-game suspension before suiting up for the team again.
While the Jaguars have signed McLuahglin, he will still have to undergo the league’s COVID-19 protocols, and he will be placed on the team’s exempt/commissioner permission list as he goes through the testing and screening protocols. He does not currently count against the team’s 53-man roster limit.