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Jaguars claim Tyron Johnson, 3 former players claimed on waivers

The Jaguars were expected to add a skill player following final cuts, and they do so today with Tyron Johnson.

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The Jaguars entered today with the top waiver-wire priority following league-wide final cuts to the initial 53-man rosters, today they made good use of that priority claiming deep-threat receiver Tyron Johnson off of waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers.

Three former Jaguars were claimed off of waivers, including former 2020 fifth-round pick, receiver Collin Johnson (New York Giants), linebacker Quincy Williams (New York Jets) and tight end Ben Ellefson (Minnesota Vikings).

Johnson, 25, entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State with the Houston Texans in 2019. Johnson was part of various practice squads around the league prior to signing with the Chargers’ practice squad late in 2019.

After playing the first quarter of the season on the practice squad in Los Angeles in 2020, Johnson was elevated to the main roster in October, finishing out the year with 12 games played, adding 20 receptions for 398 yards and three touchdowns.

His average yards-per-reception was a staggering 19.9 yards. Though he had just 20 receptions all season, Johnson’s deep-threat ability was phenomenal, routinely catching long passes from quarterback Justin Herbert throughout the year. Johnson ran a 4.36 40-yard-dash coming out of college.

Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer mentioned yesterday that he was not satisfied with the speed the team had at receiver. The Jaguars released several receivers, including deep-threat Phillip Dorsett who has been dealing with a hamstring injury throughout training camp and into the preseason.

The Jaguars are placing an emphasis on upgrading its skill positions, with Meyer stating yesterday the team would like to add a receiver, running back and tight end prior to the team’s Week 1 contest against the Houston Texans.