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NFL: Jaguars Sign McBride and Vakameilalo After Vet Camp

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fourth-year veteran wide receiver Tre McBride and rookie defensive tackle Vakameilalo as the Jaguars wrapped up their mandatory NFL mini-camp.

“There are things that get pointed out and there are things that you say, ‘Hey, listen, we need to keep working on it. It’s good. The coaches, we realize that. The players, we realize that, so we know we have a lot of work ahead of us. We have this little break,” said head coach Doug Marrone after the third days camp. “We are looking forward to everyone coming back ready to go in shape, so we can start practicing right away. Pretty much everyone will be available for camp. The only guys who will be available some time in camp on are Cam Robinson and Marqise Lee. Other than that, we expect everybody to be full go.”

Training camp begins July 25.

McBride has played in 17 career games with stints in Tennessee and Chicago since being drafted in the seventh round (245th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Titans. He posted career-high numbers in 2017 with the Bears when he posted eight receptions for 144 yards. He posted his lone career TD as a rookie in 2015 with Tennessee. The Killeen, Texas native competed collegiately at William & Mary.

Vakameilalo played in 46 games (31 starts) at Oregon State, where he finished with 75 tackles, including 13.5 for loss. The Kapolei, Hawaii native added 6.0 sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two QB hurries to his collegiate resume.

The Jaguars also signed 2019 third-round draft pick linebacker Quincy Williams to his NFL rookie contract.

“I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

With their second of two third-round selections in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Jaguars selected Williams from Murray State University.

Williams, 5-11, 225, played in 43 collegiate games and recorded 231 tackles (142 solo), 18 tackles for loss, nine passes defensed, three INTs and three forced fumbles. In 2018, Williams led the Racers with 111 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two INTs and two forced fumbles. As a junior in 2017, Williams played in 11 games (10 starts) and finished fourth on the team with 57 tackles.

Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Williams is the older brother of Jets rookie defensive tackls Quinnen Williams, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Jacksonville also signed rookie running back Taj McGowan. The Jaguars waived rookie defensive lineman Khairi Clark.

McGowan, 6-1, 210, participated in rookie minicamps with Jacksonville on May 10-11 and the New York Giants on May 3-4.

The Hollywood, Fla. native attended UCF, where he played in all 13 games during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. As a senior in 2018, McGowan rushed for 470 yards and eight TDs, and crossed the 1,000-yard career plateau against Cincinnati. He also tallied eight scores as a junior, while rushing for a TD in each of the first five games of the season.

McGowan attended Hallandale (Fla.) High School and helped the Chargers reach the FHSAA Class 6A regional semifinals in 2014.

Both McBride and Vakameilalo participated in the veteran mandatory minicamp as tryout players. To make room on the roster for the two, the team waived linebacker Nick DeLuca and safety Christian Kuntz.  The Jaguars currently have 90 players on their offseason roster.

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