The Jacksonville Jaguars made several moves on Saturday in an attempt to strengthen a roster that has been hit by injuries.
Jaguars today signed rookie wide receiver Kenny Shaw, third-year defensive tackle David Carter and fifth-year linebacker Josh Hull. The club waived/injured defensive tackle Jordan Miller (knee), linebacker John Lotulelei (knee) and wide receiver Damian Copeland
Jacksonville has lost five receivers in the past 10 days to injuries and off-field issues as well as injuries to other players on its roster. Because of recent injuries to receivers Tandon Doss and rookie Allen Robinson, there were only six players on the unit that suited up for Friday’s training camp session.
Shaw should be familiar to the fans in Jacksonville as he was a member of the Florida State national championship team last year and was an undrafted free agent who spent time in camp with the Cleveland Browns, but was released in July.
Shaw was a four-year letterman and finished his collegiate career with 124 receptions for 1,919 yards and 13 touchdowns. He saw action as a slot receiver in 2013 and ranked second on the squad with 54 catches for 933 yards while averaging 9.7 yards per punt return. Shaw attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando where he caught 46 passes for 732 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. He will wear jersey number 4, according to Jaguars.com.
Carter’s experience may be a benefit to the team that right now is two-deep at every position.
At 6-5, 300, he has spent time with Arizona, Dallas and Oakland, playing in 35 games with four starts. He was originally a sixth-round draft pick of Arizona in 2011 and played in 32 games with four starts in two seasons with the Cardinals. His career totals include 30 tackles (18 solo), one sack, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. The third-year pro spent a month with Dallas during the 2013 season and was with Oakland for the majority of the 2014 offseason before he was waived on May 20.
Hull can help the defensive side of the ball at linebacker and on special teams. He was a seventh-round draft pick of St. Louis in 2010 and played in 28 games for the Rams over three seasons. The 6-3, 245 pounder was waived by the Rams in 2013 on final cuts and signed on Oct. 15 by Washington where he spent the remainder of the season. Hull spent the 2014 offseason with New England before he was waived on July 28. He has played in 39 career games with one start and totaled 25 tackles (18 solo), one tackle for loss and one forced fumble.
The Jaguars have been dealing with injuries to their leading receiver Cecil Shorts as well as Robinson and Doss. Wide receivers Ace Sanders and Justin Blackmon are dealing with off-field issues – Blackmon has already been suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Sanders announced last week he had violated the same policy and is facing a potential four-game suspension, himself.