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Jaguars Sign Running Backs Devante Mays, Roc Thomas Prior to Preseason Game

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed running backs Devante Mays and Roc Thomas to their 90-man roster. The Jaguars open their NFL preseason schedule at Baltimore this week. Head coach Doug Marrone offered an injury update.

“Guys that won’t be traveling to Baltimore – Josh Oliver, he’s got the hamstring. Marcus Simms reported symptoms of concussion, so he’ll be in concussion protocol, so he won’t be making the trip along with Quincy Williams. ‘Rock’ [Ryquell] Armstead has a quad, he might not do a lot today, but hoping that he’ll be able to practice.  He’ll be coming with us. Savion Smith, ankle, it’s a little bit swollen. A.J. [Bouye] and Thomas Rawls are right on track, so they’ll be traveling with us and they’ll remain out,” Marrone said.

Mays, 5-11, 237, attended Utah State and was drafted in the seventh round (238th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played in eight games for Green Bay in 2017 and registered four rushes for 1 yard and three receptions for 0 yards. In 2018, Mays spent Weeks 8-17 on the Cleveland Browns practice squad.

A native of Livingston, Texas, he attended Utah State and recorded 1,225 rushing yards and 12 TDs on 202 rushing attempts in 19 games (eight starts) from 2015-16. Prior to Utah State, Mays played at Blinn (Texas) Junior College in 2014 and Tyler (Texas) Junior College in 2013.

He attended Livingston (Texas) High School and gained 600 yards and eight TDs on 58 carries (10.3 yards per carry) as a senior in 2012.

To make room on the roster for Thomas, the Jaguars released CB Jocquez Kalili. Thomas is suspended for the first three games of the 2019 season (violation of the league’s substance abuse policy). To make room on the roster for Mays, the Jaguars waived/injured rookie running back Taj McGowan. McGowan will revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.

Thomas, 5-10, 198, attended Jacksonville State from 2016-17 and signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. Thomas made the Vikings initial 53-man roster and played in five games, finishing his rookie season with eight carries for 30 yards to go along with two receptions for 21 yards.

A native of Oxford, Ala., Thomas played for Auburn from 2014-15 prior to finishing his collegiate career at Jacksonville State (2016-17).

Thomas totaled 1,847 rushing yards and 20 TDs on 305 rushing attempts for the Gamecocks, including 1,065 rushing yards and 13 TDs as a senior in 2017. He was named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference in both 2016 and 2017 and won OVC Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.

Thomas prepped at Oxford (Ala.) High School and rushed for 2,211 yards and 32 TDs as a senior in 2013.

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