With the Jaguars veterans reporting for physicals this morning, the team has placed both tight end James O’Shaughnessy and nickel defensive back DJ Hayden on the team’s active/PUP list.
Players are permitted to move off of the active/PUP list to the active roster at any time prior to the start of the regular season. Since the Jaguars have yet to practice, Hayden and O’Shaughnessy will presumably not miss any time during the season if they are removed prior to week one.
O’Shaughnessy has spent the past three seasons with the Jaguars and was the team’s leading tight end in 2019 even while missing the majority of the season with a torn ACL. Through the first five games of the season, O’Shaughnessy caught 14 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Hayden, heading into his eight season and the final year of his three-year deal with the Jaguars, is expected to play a major role on the team’s defense this year. While he struggled with a neck/shoulder injury throughout the 2019 season, Hayden was still able to play in 15 games. He recorded 41 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, two sacks and five quarterback hits on the year.
The Jaguars have begun reporting their 90-man roster to training camp with testing for COVID-19 occurring as players report. Through the testing phase, the Jaguars currently have seven players on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list, including rookies defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, cornerback Luq Barcoo and offensive lineman Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, along with veterans offensive linemen Jawaan Taylor and Ryan Pope, cornerback Parry Nickerson and tight end Charles Jones.