The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted rookie LB Nick DeLuca to the 53-man active roster from the practice squad, the team announced today. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars released 11th-year RB Jamaal Charles.
DeLuca, 6-3, 245, has been on the Jaguars practice squad for the first seven weeks of the season after originally signing with the team on Aug. 21, 2018. The Omaha, Neb. native spent part of the offseason with the Titans after signing with Tennessee as an undrafted rookie. A two-time Butkus Award nominee at North Dakota State for the nation’s top linebacker, DeLuca was named a first-team All-American as a redshirt senior in 2017 and won five Missouri Valley Football Conference championships and four NCAA Division I FCS national titles, as the Bison went 69-6 over his five years in the program. He started 36 of 59 career games and finished eighth in school history with 329 career tackles. DeLuca will wear No. 57 for the Jaguars.
Charles played in two games for the Jaguars, totaling six rushes for 7 yards and two receptions for 7 yards.
On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Chiefs and Broncos RB Jamaal Charles. The Jaguars are hoping that the 31-year-old Charles can help while their star RB Leonard Fournette gets healthy after injuring his hamstring in Week 1 against the Giants, before re-aggravating the injury a few weeks later against the Jets.
Today, the 10-year veteran discussed why he wanted to go to Jacksonville.
“I feel like they have a contending team and I was happy when they called,” Charles told the assembled media. “I want to win a Super Bowl. That is why I kept my options open, because I did want to win. I want to win a Super Bowl, and they have a good chance to do that, so I came here to contribute.”
The Port Arthur, Texas native, will make his Jaguars debut in Dallas against the Cowboys, which is exciting for Charles.
“It’s going to be hype. It’s going to be exciting to play against Dallas,” Charles said. “It will be my first time ever playing in that stadium, so I’m going to be hyped up that I can go back home in Texas and see my family and make plays. I have a lot of uncles and cousins that liked the Dallas Cowboys when I was growing up, so I’m excited to go against them.”
It should be interesting to see how much the four-time Pro-Bowler has left in the tank. Last season in Denver, Charles rushed for 296 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in 14 games.