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JAGUARS: Roster Cuts, Trade Made in Preparation for NFL Opener

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded fourth-year offensive lineman Luke Bowanko to the Baltimore Ravens. In exchange for Bowanko, the Jaguars received an undisclosed draft choice.

The club has also reduced the active roster to 53 players with a number of transactions before anouncing players to be on the practice squad. The Jaguars released seventh-year LB Andrew Gachkar, fifth-year DE Malliciah Goodman and fourth-year LB Josh McNary.

The Jaguars waived undrafted rookie RB Tim Cook, undrafted rookie DE Hunter Dimick, fourth-year CB Brian Dixon, second-year TE Alex Ellis, undrafted rookie WR Amba Etta-Tawo, undrafted rookie OL Avery Gennesy, first-year TE David Grinnage, second-year DB Tracy Howard, fourth-year CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, first-year OL Nila Kasitati, undrafted rookie DT Kevin Maurice, undrafted rookie DE Carroll Phillips, second-year OL Chris Reed and first-year DE Jonathan Woodard.

The Jaguars waived second-year CB Doran Grant, undrafted rookie S Jarrod Harper and second-year WR Shane Wynn. Grant, Harper and Wynn. Finally, third-year WR Rashad Greene Sr. was placed on the team’s reserve/injured list. Greene Sr. is not eligible for reserve/injured – designated for return.


The Jaguars have claimed rookie DT Eli Ankou (via Houston), third-year TE James O’Shaugnessy (via New England), rookie LB Donald Payne (via Baltimore), second-year DB Lafayette Pitts (via Miami) and first-year OT William Poehls (via Chicago).

To make room on the roster, the club released fifth-year DT Stefan Charles and waived first-year QB Brandon Allen, second-year OL Jeremiah Poutasi, third-year LB Hayes Pullard III and third-year TE Neal Sterling.

Ankou, 6-3, 290, originally signed with the Houston Texans on May 12, 2017 as an undrafted rookie free agent. In three games this preseason, Ankou recorded five tackles (three solo), one tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery. Ankou attended UCLA (2012-16) and appeared in 38 games with 19 starts, registering 91 tackles (49 solo), 1.5 sacks, eight tackles for a loss, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery. Ankou is an Ottawa, Ontario, Canada native and attended Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear, De., where he was a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com.

O’Shaugnessy, 6-4, 245, has appeared in 23 games over the last two seasons, totaling eight receptions for 86 yards (10.8 rec. avg.), after originally being drafted by Kansas City in the fifth round (173rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. O’Shaugnessy appeared in all 16 games and made three starts in 2016, catching two passes for minus-one yard. O’Shaugnessy also appeared in the Chiefs’ Divisional Round game against Pittsburgh. During his rookie season in 2015, O’Shaugnessy appeared in seven games with three starts before sustaining a season-ending injury and being placed on reserve/injured on Nov. 17, 2015. O’Shaugnessy was acquired by New England in a trade with Kansas City on April 29, 2017 and was released yesterday. O’Shaugnessy attended Illinois State (2010-14) and played in 49 games with 37 starts, totaling 67 receptions for 1,170 yards and 14 TDs. O’Shaugnessy earned All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second-team honors as a senior after totaling 29 receptions for 544 yards and nine TDs. He is a native of Naperville, Ill. and was a three-year letterman at Naperville North H.S.

Payne, 5-11, 217, originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens on April 29, 2017 as an undrafted rookie free agent. In three games this preseason, Payne recorded 11 tackles (eight solo), one forced fumble and was also credited with four special teams tackles. Payne attended Stetson University (2013-2016) where he was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Pioneer Football League three consecutive years (2014-16) after being named the 2013 Pioneer Football League Defensive Freshman of the Year. The All-America safety, appeared in 44 career games and totaled 538 tackles (344 solo), nine INTS, 14.0 sacks, 65.5 tackles for a loss, 42 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks. Payne is a native of Fayetteville, Ga. and played safety and running back at Landmark Christian where he was named first team All-State as a senior and finished his high school career as a three-time first team All-Region defensive back.

Pitts, 5-11, 194, appeared in eight games for the Dolphins during his rookie season in 2016, totaling three tackles (one solo). Pitts, a native of Duquesne, Pa., played collegiately at Pittsburgh and appeared in all 52 games (51 starts) during his four-year career from 2012-15. Pitts totaled 152 tackles (118 solo), four INTs and also returned 52 kickoffs for 1,196 yards (23.0 avg.) and was named a team captain as a senior in 2015.

Poehls, 6-8, 344, has previously spent time with Chicago (2016-17), Buffalo (2016) and Tennessee (2014-15) after originally being signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent on May 16, 2014. Poehls, 25, can play both tackle positions and appeared in 45 career games with 27 starts at Montana, and was named a second-team All-Big Sky Conference selection after starting 13 games for the 10-3 Grizzlies. Poehls, a native of Chandler, Ariz. attended Chandler High School and earned three letters in both football and wrestling and was a team captain in both sports. Poehls was a 5A first-team All-State and All-Region selection as a senior and All-Region as a junior.


The Jacksonville signed seven players to their 10-man practice squad. The team’s current practice squad signings include: undrafted rookie RB Tim Cook, undrafted rookie DE Hunter Dimick, undrafted rookie WR Amba Etta-Tawo, undrafted rookie OL Avery Gennesy, first-year TE David Grinnage, second-year DB Tracy Howard and second-year OL Chris Reed.

All seven players were waived by the Jaguars during final roster reductions. The Jaguars have three open spots on their 10-man practice squad.

RB TIM COOK (6-0, 242, Oregon State): Rushed 30 times for 137 yards and one TD in 10 games during his senior season in 2016 … Made his first career start against Idaho State in 2016 … Tallied 108 rushing yards and his first career rushing TD against Washington … Started his career at Butler County Community College in 2012 and joined Eastern Arizona Community College in 2014, when he rushed for 639 yards and seven TDs … Also played LB and DE, and earned second-team All-Western States Football League honors at Eastern Arizona … Set the White Hall (Arkansas) High School records for tackles in a season and a career … Also participated in track & field for two years.

DE HUNTER DIMICK (6-3, 268, Utah): Earned All-America and All-Pac-12 honors as a senior … A four-year starter, either part or full-time … Played in 43 games and 33 starts … Graduated as Utah’s career record-holder for sacks (29.5) … 44.0 career tackles for loss ranks third all-time at Utah … 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America, two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District and four-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection … As a senior, earned second-team all-American honors by Walter Camp and the Football Writers Association of America; Ted Hendricks Award finalist; first-team All-Pac-12 … Named second-team All-American by FOXSports.com, Phil Steele, Sports on Earth and CollegeSportsMadness.com in 2016 … Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week after tying the Pac-12 record and setting a school record for sacks in a game (5.0) against Arizona State, while also breaking a school record with 6.5 tackles for loss … Two-time first-team all-state, all-area and all-region at Syracuse (Utah) High School, where he also set the school’s single-season sack (14) and career (36) records … Lettered four years in football and one year in track & field.

WR AMBA ETTA-TAWO (6-1, 208, Syracuse): Joined the Orange in 2016 as a graduate transfer from the University of Maryland after spending four years, including a redshirt season, with the Terrapins … Authored the most prolific receiving season in Syracuse history, setting 10 Orange receiving records in his one year on campus and being named to four All-America teams … Teamed with Ervin Philips to set the ACC single-season record for most pass receptions by a pair of teammates (184) … Invited to the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl … As a senior in 2016, started all 12 games at outside receiver and was installed as a team captain after the season … Earned All-America honors from Sporting News (second team), the Associated Press (third team), Phil Steele (fourth team) and Athlon Sports (fourth team) … All-ACC First Team selection (media, coaches) … One of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s most outstanding receiver … Rated the 15th-best player in college football and No. 2 among wide receivers … Three-time ACC Receiver of the Week … Established SU single-season records for receptions (94), receiving yards (1,482) and receiving yards per game (123.5) … ACC leader in receptions per game (7.8), total receiving yardage, receiving yards per game and TD catches (14) … Coached by Kyle Hockman at McEachern (Georgia) High School … Moved from Oman to Atlanta in 1999 … Last name pronounced ET-ta-TAH-wo.

OL AVERY GENNESY (6-5, 318, Texas A&M): Started 26 games at LT for the Aggies … Helped clear the way for an offense that gained an average of 424.7 total yards per game (169.1 rushing and 255.6 passing) … The 2015 offense was the seventh group in school history to gain more than 5,000 total yards, 3,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in the same season … Named to the 2015 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll … Redshirted after enrolling at Texas A&M in January … Earned a spot on the depth chart but didn’t see any action while redshirting … Named to 2014 SEC Academic Honor Team … Spent two seasons at East Mississippi CC in Scooba, Miss. … Helped lead the East Mississippi Lions to the 2013 National Junior College Championship and a 12-0 record, including a win over Georgia Military in the Mississippi Bowl … Cleared the way for an offense that averaged an NJCAA-best 62.2 points … Consensus four-star prospect.

TE DAVID GRINNAGE (6-5, 265, North Carolina State): Has yet to appear in an NFL game after originally signing as a rookie free agent with Green Bay on April 30, 2016 … Released by the Packers via injury settlement after sustaining an injury during rookie minicamp … A three-year letterman at North Carolina State University, he caught 67 career passes for 798 yards and nine TDs … Left for the NFL following his redshirt junior season … Attended Newark H.S. in Newark, Del., and was a three-star recruit coming out of high school.

DB TRACY HOWARD (5-10, 185, Miami): Went undrafted in 2016, but spent his rookie season with the Cleveland Browns, appearing in 15 games with three starts after signing as a free agent on May 5, 2016 .. Totaled 16 tackles (12 solo) and one pass defensed, also returned seven kickoffs for 111 yards (15.9 KR avg.) … Attended the University of Miami (Fla.) where he appeared in 51 games with 22 starts and totaled 102 tackles, 10 passes defensed, five INTs and two forced fumbles … As a senior in 2015, started eight of 13 games and finished with 30 tackles and four passes defensed … Majored in sociology … A native of Miramar, Fla., attended Miramar H.S. and totaled 50 tackles and 10 INTs a senior … Born on April 29, 1994.

OL CHRIS REED (6-5, 210, Minnesota State): Went undrafted in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Jaguars’ practice squad … Appeared in 10 games and made four starts last season as a first-year plater … Was a four-year letterman at Minnesota State and appeared in 48 games during his college career, including 14 starts as a senior in 2014 … Also competed for the school’s indoor and outdoor track teams and qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championships in shot put … Was an 11-time NCAA Division II Track & Field All-American … Three-year starter at Omaha Central (Neb.) High School.

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