The Jacksonville Jaguars waived five players on Monday, including quarterback Jake Luton.
Luton, a sixth-round selection in the 2020 draft, started three for the Jaguars in that season and played in the team’s first two preseason games.
Quarterbacks C.J. Beathard and E.J. Perry are the backups to Trevor Lawrence at this point.
On Monday night, Jaguars coach Doug Pederson talked about the decision to waive the 26-year-old Luton.
“I’m not going to get into a bunch of the whys, but you’ve got to make tough decisions in this league,” Pederson said. “You get down to the point, too, where having the extra quarterback, you’re not getting enough snaps now because you’re getting your starters ready to go, and we haven’t seen EJ much yet, and it’s time to see what he can do.”
In addition to Luton, Jacksonville waived K Elliott Fry. The 27-year-old signed in July to challenge K Ryan Santoso, who signed with the Jaguars back in March.
Fry injured his groin in the team’s win over the Browns last week, which led to his release. He appeared in three NFL games with Atlanta (2020), Kansas City (2021), and Cincinnati (2021)
According to Pederson, Fry had a decent shot of being the team’s kicker before the injury.
“It’s unfortunate that Elliot (Fry) got hurt in the game the other day because there was some nice competition going on there in practice,” he said. “I thought those two would battle it out until the end, and we’ll see what happens here at the end.”
Jacksonville, who roster is down to 85 players, also waived three other players:
RB Matt Colburn II
WR Ryan McDaniel
OLB Wyatt Ray