The Jacksonville Jaguars announced several roster moves on Friday evening. The team announced it has signed wide receiver Tevin Jones, while releasing linebacker Leon Jacobs and kicker Aldrick Rosas.
We have released LB Leon Jacobs and K Aldrick Rosas.— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) July 30, 2021
After a solid college career at Memphis where Jones caught 90 passes for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns, he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2016, initially signing with the Houston Texans.
Jones, 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, bounced around the league after his short stint with the Texans, playing with the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys between 2017 and 2020. Most recently, he signed with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders in April 2021.
Jones has only played in five career NFL games, all with the Steelers in 2019. He has recorded four career catches for 61 yards.
Update: The Jaguars have also signed wide receiver Jeff Cotton.
We have signed WR Jeff Cotton.#DUUUVALhttps://t.co/gGaegleWr2— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) July 31, 2021
Cotton, 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds, originally signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He spent the year on the Chargers’ practice squad and did not see game action.
Cotton first played at Pima Community College before transferring to Idaho in 2018. He recorded an impressive 137 catches for 1,797 yards and 14 touchdowns in two seasons with the Vandals (2018 and 2019). Cotton has incredible speed as well, running a 4.38-second 40-yard dash leading up the 2020 NFL Draft.
As for Rosas, he was expected to compete with Josh Lambo for the starting job at kicker, but didn’t get a training camp practice in after recently being placed on the active/non-football injury list. A lot of the talk during OTAs and minicamp was that there was a legitimate kicking competition between Rosas and Lambo, but the job is now firmly Lambo’s, who has impressed thus far in the early part of training camp.
With Lambo injured for much of the 2020 season, Rosas — a former Pro Bowler in 2018 —made eight of his 11 field goal attempts, and all nine of his extra point attempts, in six games with the Jaguars last year.
Jacobs, a seventh-round pick for the Jaguars in 2018 (No. 230 overall), actually started 12 games as a strong-side linebacker, and appeared in 29 games total, during his career. He accumulated 66 tackles, two sacks and a safety during his time in Jacksonville. He was definitely a value pick in the seventh round for the Jaguars.
With the Jaguars moving to a more “multiple” defensive scheme that will show more 3-4 looks, and with Jacobs staring training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list following a torn ACL injury in 2020, the fit no longer seemed to be there between Jacksonville and Jacobs.