Jaguars waive LB Ty Summers

The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived LB Ty Summers, the team announced Saturday.

Summers, who was waived by the Packers this week and claimed by Jacksonville, was originally drafted in the seventh round (226th overall) by Green Bay in the 2019 Draft.

Jacksonville could still add Summers to their practice squad if he goes unclaimed. 

The 26-year-old appeared in 46 games with one start. He has 23 total tackles, one fumble recovery, and one pass defensed. He also has added 14 special teams tackles.

The San Antonio, Texas native played college football at TCU, where he totaled 315 tackles (166 solo), 23 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, and two interceptions in 50 career games.

Jags’ Baalke, Pederson talk trade of Laviska Shenault

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded WR Laviska Shenault Jr. to the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Monday.

According to ESPN, the Panthers sent the Jaguars a 2023 seventh-round pick and a 2024 sixth-rounder for Shenault.

The 23-year-old was a second-round pick of the Jaguars in the 2020 draft and had a solid season in 2021 with Jacksonville as he caught 63 passes with 619 yards but no touchdowns.

Carolina was looking for another wideout, and they got a young prospect in the 6’1, 227-pound Shenault.

In two seasons in Jacksonville, Shenault had 121 receptions for 1219 yards and five touchdowns. In the offseason, the Jaguars added wideouts Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, making Shenault expendable.

On Tuesday, Jaguars GM Trent Baalke discussed the trade.

“Well, we’ve been fielding calls since free agency when we signed WR Zay Jones and WR Christian Kirk; we’ve been fielding calls quite a bit,” Baalke said. “Things picked up over the past week, and it just came down to a situation where we felt it was a good situation for us as an organization and a good situation for Laviska. We certainly enjoyed him as a player in this organization and wish him nothing but the best.”

Jaguars coach Doug Pederson added: “Yeah, you always want to see guys and see how they would fit into what we’re doing offensively, and [Laviska Shenault Jr.] was a guy that obviously has a skillset that any team would love to have. I wish him the best, obviously, and it’s a great opportunity for him.”

On cutdown day, Jacksonville waived 16 players:

  • DL Israel Antwine (Waived)

  • WR Kevin Austin Jr. (Waived)

  • OLB Rashod Berry (Waived)

  • WR Jeff Cotton Jr. (Waived)

  • CB Xavier Crawford (Waived)

  • OL Coy Cronk (Waived)

  • OL Nick Ford (Waived)

  • WR Willie Johnson (Waived/Injured)

  • CB Gregory Junior (Waived)

  • S Ayo Oyelola (Waived)

  • QB E.J. Perry (Waived)

  • TE Gerrit Prince (Waived)

  • DT Jay Tufele (Waived)

  • OL Darryl Williams (Waived)

  • DT Raequan Williams (Waived/Injured)

  • RB Mekhi Sargent

Jags’ Pederson talks Jake Luton, Elliott Fry

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

Tony Boselli thanked many on his way to the Hall of Fame

Tony Boselli was the Jaguars’ first-ever draft selection and became the team’s first-ever Hall of Famer Saturday afternoon at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in Canton, Ohio. 

Boselli, who was the second overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft out of USC, became a five-time Pro Bowl selection (1996-2000), and a three-time All-Pro (1997-99),

During his seven seasons in the NFL, Boselli allowed only 15.5 sacks and was the first Jaguars player to be inducted into the team’s Pride of the Jaguars, and he was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1990s.

On Saturday, Boselli, who was inducted with seven others, was introduced b7 former Jaguars QB Mark Brunell, and he thanked Brunell and many of his teammates in Jacksonville.

“I had amazing teammates,” Boselli said during his speech. “I was fortunate to play with so many great Jaguars like Fred Taylor, who made me look good all the time, and Jimmy Smith, who not too many people could cover. I hope one day both of them will have the chance to be in Canton. And I treasure the moments I shared with my brothers on the offensive line, especially Ben Coleman, who had my back at left guard, Leon Searcy, who set the standard on the right side, and one of my best friends, Jeff Novak, who by the way is the only guy I ever backed up in the NFL, but most of the time he was busy making jokes and making me laugh.”

He also thanked his former coach Tom Coughlin, the team’s and Boselli’s first coach.

“Again, there is nothing more precious than family. To my Jaguars family…it all starts with Tom Coughlin, who, by the way, belongs on this stage really soon because there’s not too many better coaches than him. Tom, you were a pain to play for at times, though,” he said. “You were hard, had high standards, a bunch of silly rules I never agreed with. You were difficult to play for, but I always respected you. You made us winners. I am more grateful for you, Coach, with each passing year, and Tom, you and your family, will always mean the world to Angi and I.”

Boselli also thanked his wife, Angi, who he met during his time at USC. 

“My career, indeed, had taken flight at USC,” he said. “Much more important; however, my life would take shape thanks to meeting Angi Aylor, my wife, best friend, counselor, supporter, and the world’s greatest mom for 27 plus years. I want to thank Angi’s parents, Ed and Nancy, and her siblings, Steve, Ami, and Jeff, for all the support and for not messing her up. Angi, you’ve been central to my life in the journey I’ve taken as a football player, husband, and father. You’ve been with me since the beginning, encouraging me to take and follow the right path. And to keep me on the right path, she actually married me. Angi was at my side when the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars selected me second overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. The greatest thing football has done for me is setting the stage for you, Angi, to be my wife. God gave me the opportunity to play the game I love, but outside of Jesus dying for me, you’re the greatest gift I’ve received. Thank you, and I love you!!’

He finally thanked the rest of his family, including his kids and his dad, the late Tony Boselli, Sr.

“Above all, I thank God for family,” he said. “Mom, Fred, Carla, Jennifer, Michael, Lauren, Liz, Uncle Bud, and Aunt Betty, and all my cousins, Angi, my five amazing kids, Andrew, Adam, Ashli, Lexi, Ansli, but there’s actually one more I want to talk about. I was born Don Bosco Anthony Boselli, Junior. The best part of my name, though, is Junior.

To my dad, Tony Boselli, Senior, whose brave fight with cancer was decided on May 31, 2021, and whose impact on my childhood and career can never be adequately expressed. Thank you, Dad. Thank you for everything. I am happy you are in the comfort of God. I know you are here, but man, I wish you were here with me. I miss you. I love you. And on this, one of the greatest days of my life, I honor your memory and thank you for the greatest gift of all, and that’s family.”

Jags’ Griffin on defense: ‘We are definitely better than last year’

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a hard time getting turnovers last season. Jacksonville’s defense was last in takeaways in 2021.

As they enter this season, the defense, led by new defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell, hopes to improve and create more turnovers. 

According to corner Shaquill Griffin, the defense’s goal is to lead the league in interceptions.

“I guarantee it’s going to be way better than last year,” Griffin said Monday about getting more interceptions. “The goal is to lead the whole NFL. I’m taking it definitely a point to myself to make sure I have every opportunity. I might not get the most opportunities on the defense, but opportunities I do get, I want to make sure I make the best of them. That’s everything I continue to say. I’m still out here trying to catch footballs every day. But it starts with me. That’s how I feel. Every time I make a play, I feel like it’s someone else getting a pick. I think about the first pick of the camp I get one day, you got Benjie [Franklin] getting one, and then I get another pick the day, and then you come back Rudy Ford have to pick it. You got to start with somebody. I feel like picks come in bunches, but someone’s got to get the first one. I definitely put that on myself. It will be better this year. I definitely think we will double. But the goal is to be the best in NFL.”

In this year’s draft, the Jaguars grabbed OLB Travon Walker with the number one overall pick. In addition, they grabbed another linebacker late in the first round when they selected Devin Lloyd at 27. Furthermore, they got some secondary help with the acquisition of corner Darious Williams in free agency. 

Griffin believes that the Jaguars’ defense will be much better in 2022.

“We are definitely better than last year, just the way we’ve been attacking the ball, for one,” he said. “The way we communicate, and our communication is so much better; the trust is so much better. Then you see the D-line running around. There are so many times where when we get to the ball; they’re already sacked before the ball even came out. So that shows a lot. I feel like one thing about it our defense is moving a lot faster. Our defense is well conditioned. Defense is talking a lot more. Our defense trusts each other a lot more than last year, and that’s why we’re a bit different than last year.”

Notes:

Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson announced on Tuesday that quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and C.J. Beathard would not play in the team’s preseason opener on Thursday against the Raiders(Hall of Fame Game) in Canton, Ohio.

Jake Luton will get the start.

“I can tell you Trevor(Lawrence) is not going to play,” Pederson said. “C.J. Beathard, with the injury is not going to play, and really the decision for that, too, has been Trevor has been getting a lot of great looks here in practice, and we feel like he’s in a good spot. And, and so we’re going to make those decisions this afternoon, tell our team later on today, so we can prepare for the game.”

Jags sign Elliott Fry, waive K Andrew Mevis

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed K Elliott Fry, the club announced today. Additionally, the team waived K Andrew Mevis.

According to ESPN’s Mike DiRocco, Mevis, who was an undrafted rookie out of West Virginia, missed three field goal attempts during training camp warm-ups, including one that hit former Cowboys head coach Dave Campo.

The 27-year-old Fry has appeared in three NFL games with Atlanta (2020), Kansas City (2021), and Cincinnati (2021) and made five of six field goals and five of seven extra points.

Fry will now compete with kicker Ryan Santoso, who has also reportedly struggled in training camp.

Obviously, Jacksonville wants to ensure their kicking situation is stable before the start of the season, and we’ll see if Santoso or Fry will be the guy going forward. 

Jags sign QB Kyle Sloter, release Perry

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed QB Kyle Sloter, the club announced Sunday.

Additionally, the team released QB EJ Perry with a non-football injury designation. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 24-year-old recently suffered a hamstring injury while training. The undrafted rookie free agent was in talks to join the Eagles but chose to sign with the Jaguars after the draft.

Perry was a standout at Brown University and finished second in school history in total offensive yards (7,113) and completions (546).

Sloter, 28, most recently spent time in the NFL with the Vikings during the 2021 season. He played in nine games with the New Orleans Breakers in the USFL in 2022 and completed 168 of 291 passes for 1,798 yards and nine TDs.

The Jaguars will have C.J. Beathard, Jake Luton, and Sloter in camp behind Trevor Lawrence at the quarterback position.

Veterans and rookies arrived for training camp on Sunday and will hit the field on Monday.

Jags’ Trevor Lawrence talks C.J. Beathard’s injury

During the Jaguars’ seventh OTA practice on Monday, backup quarterback C.J. Beathard went down and was carted off the field.

According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Beathard injured his groin, and an MRI was pending to reveal the extent of the injury.

The six-year veteran was in line to be the backup to QB Trevor Lawrence. After practice, Lawrence discussed what he saw with Beathard’s injury.

“I didn’t. I was looking at the throw and saw him on the ground, wasn’t sure exactly if someone bumped into him if he just went the wrong way,” Lawrence said. “I don’t really know, but like I said, just hoping he’s alright, and we’ll go back and look at it on film. Maybe we’ll be able to tell a little bit more, but I didn’t see what happened.”

If Beathard is down for an extended period, the Jaguars have second-year QB Jake Luton and undrafted rookie free agent E.J. Perry.

You never like to see injuries during OTAs, so hopefully, Beathard’s injury is not too serious.

Jags’ Lawrence is impressed by Travon Walker, says team has trust this season

Coming into the 2021 NFL season, there was some excitement in Jacksonville as the Jaguars drafted quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the number one overall pick, and they hired Urban Meyer, who is one of the greatest coaches in college football history.

However, Meyer made mistake after mistake and was fired 13 games into his first season as an NFL head coach. Enter a Super Bowl-winning head coach in Doug Pederson, who hopes to turn things around.

Things were bad in Jacksonville last season, and according to Lawrence, the players did not trust the coaching staff.

“I think that’s the biggest thing in a team is just trusting each other, trusting the guys in the locker room but also the staff,” Lawrence said after the first day of voluntary OTAs on Monday. “That’s something; clearly, we didn’t have a lot of last year, so I mean, I think our locker room did a great job last year of staying together. But it’s cool to see him [Head Coach Doug Pederson] make that a priority, and he knows and understands that that is definitely something that we have to make sure that we have in this building. I do think we’re building that, and I mean from everything I’ve seen, everyone’s trusting one another, really just going to work, and preparing ourselves.”

Lawrence is trying to build on a rookie season that saw some ups and downs. At this point, Pederson is looking for the second-year quarterback to continue to improve.

“[We] just want to see that growth in him here as we sort of wind down the offseason and gear up for training camp,” Pederson said. “But he’s been focused, he’s been here, he’s been attentive, he’s done a good job on the football field, he’s a leader, and those are the things we want to continue now as we head into training camp.”

Jacksonville again had the number one overall pick this season, and they selected OLB/DE Travon Walker out of Georgia, who has impressed Lawrence.

“He looks the part for sure,” Lawrence said. “Just really his demeanor, I enjoy being around him “[He’s] a really calm guy, humble, hard worker. Then obviously, you see him, and you see why he’s the number one pick and all that. But just his personality, I’m excited to get to know him more. I think that’s kind of the type of personality that I gel with, so I’m excited to get to know him. I think he’s going to be a great player for us.”

Jacksonville continues OTAs: May 24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-9.

Jaguars name Ethan Waugh assistant general manager

The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Ethan Waugh as the team’s assistant general manager, the team announced Wednesday.

Waugh most recently served as the vice president of player personnel (2021-22) with the 49ers following three seasons as the director of college scouting and football systems for the team.

Previously, Waugh worked alongside Baalke in San Francisco for 12 seasons (2005-16). During Baalke’s tenure as general manager of the 49ers (2011-16), Waugh served as the team’s senior personnel assistant (2012-14) and senior player personnel coordinator (2015-17). From 2010 to 2016, 49ers players earned 24 All-Pro selections and 35 Pro Bowl nods.

“We are excited to add Ethan to our organization,” said Jaguars General Manager Trent Baalke. “Strengthening the personnel department was a priority this offseason and we are thrilled to make this addition to the team. I enjoyed working alongside Ethan in San Francisco for over a decade, and I know he will work tirelessly to help build a winning organization here in Jacksonville.”

Waugh began his career in the Bay Area as a personnel assistant (2004-08) before being promoted to the team’s Midwest regional scout (2008-11). Prior to his career in the NFL, Waugh spent two seasons at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he served as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator.

Waugh earned his first coaching opportunity as an assistant at Western Carolina University from 1997-2001. While with the Catamounts, he coached on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and assisted with special teams.