Yesterday, the Jacksonville Jaguars completed their roster reduction to its initial 53-man roster, paving the way for the start of the season at home against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Sept. 13.
Now, the team has begun its next phase of roster management by adding players to its 16-man practice squad, a new variation of the practice squad that was expanded twice during the offseason; once to 12 due to the new collective bargaining agreement, and again due to the coronavirus pandemic that cast uncertainty throughout the entire league.
The rules of a the practice squad have changed. Now, teams will be able to place six veterans, regardless of NFL experience (no limit to accrued seasons). This will allow teams to have much more flexibility in who they add to the practice squad, as well as give players more stability.
Another wrinkle to the practice squad rules comes during game day.
Teams will now be able to activate a practice squad player on game day before it announces the inactives. The player does not have to be elevated from the practice squad to the main roster for the move. Teams will be allowed to do this with two practice squad players per week, but the same player cannot be elevated two weeks in a row. A player will only be able to be elevated twice per season. For a third elevation, the player must then be signed to the 53-man roster.
These rules will allow teams to be flexible with their roster during uncertain times.
With that said, the Jaguars have already begun to make additions to their practice squad, and we will be updating throughout the day until it has been completely filled.
Here is the team’s initial 53-man roster.
Practice squad additions and updates:
7:14 PM: According to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, the Jaguars will be signing defensive lineman Caraun Reid to its practice squad. Reid spent much of training camp on the team’s 80-man roster and was part of the team’s initial cut down to 53.
Jaguars signed Caraun Reid to practice squad— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 6, 2020
7:08 PM: According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Jaguars are signing veteran quarterback Mike Glennon to the practice squad. The team signed Glennon back in May in an effort to help Minshew’s growth. As we reported then, it has always been in the team’s plans to add veteran depth at the position.
The Jaguars are signing QB Mike Glennon to their practice squad, per source. One of many teams utilizing a practice squad spot on a veteran QB.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 6, 2020
4:52 PM: According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, the Jaguars will be signing former Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones to its practice squad. Jones, waived by the Eagles on Saturday, spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia after being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Eagles. He will provide insurance for the team’s young defensive backs room.
Sidney Jones intends to join Jaguars practice squad, source said. Gives him a fresh start.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) September 6, 2020
2:02 PM: According to Denver Post writer Ryan O’Halloran, the Jaguars will be bringing back rookie offensive lineman Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms.
Wallace-Simms spent the entire offseason on the team’s 90 and 80-man roster, while also spending some time on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list before being activated.
1:23 PM: According to a report from Yahoo Sports reporter Terez A. Paylor, the Jaguars will sign running back Nathan Cottrell to its practice squad. Cottrell spent much of the offseason on the team’s 80-man roster, and has been described by running back Chris Thompson as the “fastest” running back out of the group.
RB Nathan Cottrell has agreed to join the Jaguars' practice squad, sources tell @YahooSports.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 6, 2020
1:10 PM: According to a report from The Athletic’s Ben Standig, the Jaguars will be signing former Washington Football Team receiver Trey Quinn to its practice squad. Quinn reunites with Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
Trey Quinn update.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 6, 2020
He's not coming back to Washington.
You know where he is going.
Jacksonville PS. Reunion with Jay Gruden.
1:03 PM: According to a report from ESPN’s Jake Trotter, the Jaguars will be signing former Browns defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale to its practice squad. Ekuale was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and has spent time on the active and practice roster ever since. He played college football for Washington State.
Former Browns DT Daniel Ekuale headed to Jags practice squad, per source— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 6, 2020
12:52 PM: According to a report from The Athletic’s Greg Auman, the Jaguars will be signing former Florida Gators receiver Josh Hammond to its 53-man practice squad. Hammond spent the entire offseason on the team’s 90 and then 80-man roster, and was signed immediately following the draft.
Jaguars are bringing back former Gators receiver Josh Hammond to their practice squad as well.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 6, 2020
12:50 PM: According to a report from The Athletic’s Greg Auman, the Jaguars will be signing rookie right end Ben Ellefson to the team’s practice squad. Ellefson played college football at North Dakota State University. He was a member of the team’s 80-man roster.
One Jaguars update: Rookie TE Ben Ellefson of North Dakota State is coming back on the team's practice squad.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 6, 2020