Yesterday, the Jaguars were reportedly signing tight end Jacob Hollister, but there was a move that needed to be made to make room for him on the roster.
In a corresponding move, the team placed receiver Tavon Austin on the team’s reserve/injured list. Austin has dealt with a strained quadriceps muscle and will be out for at least three games as teams are allowed to call up an unlimited number of players from injured reserve throughout the year.
In addition, the team signed quarterback Kyle Lauletta and tight end Matt Sokol to the practice squad.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have made the following roster moves, the team announced today.— JaguarsPR (@JaguarsPR) September 2, 2021
• Signed QB Kyle Lauletta and TE Matt Sokol to the practice squad
• Placed WR Tavon Austin on injured reserve
The veteran receiver made the team’s initial 53-man roster along with DJ Chark Jr., Marvin Jones Jr., Laviska Shenault and Jamal Agnew. Later, the team claimed former Los Angeles Chargers receiver Tyron Johnson off of waivers, making him the team’s sixth receiver on the roster.
Now, the team will head into the year down at least one of its expected playmakers on offense. This comes just days after Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer stated that Austin would be ready by Week 1. He was asked whether or not Chark, Jones and Austin would be ready, responding with a clear, “yes, yes, yes.”
That much has clearly changed as the Jaguars continue to evaluate where its players are in terms of returning from their injuries. For Jacksonville, that means the team could call up one of its five practice squad receivers or simply head into the season with the five that are now healthy.
Although Johnson will have much less time to catch up to learn offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s offense, the team undoubtedly has a plan for the deep-threat receiver who can make plenty of plays downfield.