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Jaguars To Place 12 Practice Squad Players On Reserve/COVID-19 List

The NFL’s expanded coronavirus protocols have resulted in more players landing on teams’ respective reserve/COVID-19 lists. The Jaguars have the most crowded list, as of Saturday afternoon.

The Jags placed 12 of their 16 practice squad players on their reserve/COVID-19 list, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. This does not yet appear to be a case of a dozen positive tests. Jacksonville P-squad offensive lineman K.C. McDermott tested positive, and the league’s new contact tracing protocols have led the team to put the bulk of its practice squad on the COVID list for the time being.

Here are the players who joined McDermott on the Jags’ reserve/COVID list:

Suspended defensive end Josh Mauro will join McDermott and the slew of P-squad players on the COVID-19 list, Pelissero adds (on Twitter). Mauro has been suspended throughout the season for a positive PED test.

Considering players placed on this list must isolate for five days, the Jaguars will need to make some moves to fill out a practice squad following their Week 6 game. Even players who are asymptomatic after close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least five days. The Jags face the Chargers next Sunday; there will be several new P-squad players to start their next week of practice.

Jaguars Trim Roster To 53

In addition to the cuts of quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Joshua Dobbs, here are the players the Jaguars parted ways with in order to reduce their roster to the 53-player limit.

Waived:

Waived/injured: 

Placed on IR:

Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list:

Placed on reserve/suspended list:

Armstead is one of six players currently on a COVID-19 list around the league. He was expected to lead a Jaguars running back committee, following Leonard Fournette‘s departure. Players can be removed from the COVID list at any point. Armstead’s status will leave Devine Ozigbo and rookie UDFA James Robinson as the Jags’ running backs. This will be a team to monitor for waiver-claim adds at running back.

Nickerson, Giles-Harris and Orzich spent time on the Jaguars’ 53-man roster last season. The players jettisoned Saturday will become practice squad candidates, at least the bulk of them, on Sunday. Teams can begin signing players to their taxi squads Sunday, and after years of P-squads residing at 10 players, they will be 16-man units in this unique season.

Jaguars’ Josh Mauro Draws PED Suspension

The Jaguars have experienced an unusual stretch on their defensive line. They lost a player to retirement (Aaron Lynch), saw another step away from football for the time being (Rodney Gunter) and on Friday lost a recent signing to a lengthy suspension.

The NFL suspended Josh Mauro five games for a violation of its performance-enhancing drug policy, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com tweets. While the public is learning about Mauro’s ban today, DiRocco notes the Jaguars were aware of the impending penalty when they signed him last week.

Mauro has played six seasons — for the Cardinals, Giants and Raiders — and has logged 37 starts in that time. Last season, the Raiders used him as a seven-game starter. The run-stopping D-lineman was set to compete for a supporting-cast role in Jacksonville. But the Jags’ defensive line looks quite different now than it did going into camp. And the team could well be on the verge of trading its highest-profile pass rusher, though Yannick Ngakoue remains a Jaguar — albeit one not at camp.

However, the Jags still have longtime nose tackle Abry Jones and have used first-round picks on defensive linemen — Taven Bryan, Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson — in each of the past three drafts. But their depth has taken a hit this month.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 8/12/20

Here are today’s minor moves. We will update as necessary throughout the day:

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

New York Giants

  • Signed: CB Prince Smith

San Francisco 49ers

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/2/19

Today’s minor moves:

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Signed: G John Jerry
  • Placed on IR: G O’Shea Dugas

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

  • Waived: S Rolan Milligan

Los Angeles Rams

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Raiders To Release DL Josh Mauro

The Raiders’ corresponding roster move for their DeShone Kizer waiver claim will not be a quarterback cut. Instead, Oakland will part ways with defensive lineman Josh Mauro, Vic Tafur of The Athletic tweets.

Both of Derek Carr‘s featured-on-Hard Knocks backups, Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman, remain on the Raiders’ roster. Mauro joined the Raiders earlier this year as a free agent and may well be back.

The team plans to re-sign the veteran defender, per Greg Auman of The Athletic (on Twitter). Teams often make pre-Week 1 cuts of lower-profile vested veterans for contract guarantee purposes, and moving Mauro off the roster will enable the Raiders to avoid having to expose a non-vested vet to the waiver process.

Mauro spent the 2018 season with the Giants, going to New York after four years with Arizona. Known mostly for his run-stopping acumen, Mauro came into the NFL as a UDFA. He played 270 snaps with the Giants in 2018.

AFC Notes: Raiders, Jets, McSorley

We previously heard that the Ravens were envisioning a role for rookie Trace McSorley that was similar to Taysom Hill‘s role on the Saints. However, the sixth-rounder is already experimenting with a position that isn’t played by Hill. Talking with “The Lounge” podcast on the Ravens’ website, McSorley said that he took reps as a punt returner during OTAs.

“It’s something that’s a new challenge for me, something that I hadn’t really had never done,” McSorley said (via NFL.com’s Logan Reardon). “So it’s just something interesting to be able to come in and learn and try and prove myself in a different way that I can be able to get on the field and make an impact.

“It’s been interesting. It’s had its ups and downs, obviously the first couple times doing it, but it’s going well. I’m looking forward to be able to come out and do anything that I can, especially in the special teams aspect for the team. I want to prove myself there.”

While the former Penn State quarterback is unlikely to supplant Lamar Jackson under center, he’ll have an opportunity to contribute elsewhere. McSorley already displayed this versatility during his collegiate career, as he rushed for 1,697 yards and 30 touchdowns through three seasons.

Let’s check out some more notes from around the AFC…

  • Could a pair of Jets third-rounders already be on the hot seat? Albert Breer of SI.com writes that “it’s worth keeping an eye” on Florida defensive end Jachai Polite (No. 68) and USC offensive tackle Chuma Edoga (N0. 92). Considering their “character and makeup,” Breer opines that neither players are Joe Douglas– or Adam Gase-types. Of course, Breer also notes that the duo have “a boatload of talent,” which makes their future even more intriguing.
  • While the Raiders have done a whole lot to revamp their roster this offseason, the team still has some major holes. As Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area writes, the team’s defensive line is accompanied by a long list of question marks. Part of the unit’s success will naturally depend on first-rounder Clelin Ferrell, who is expected to play a three-down role for the Raiders. Bair also points to former Giants and Cardinals defensive end Josh Mauro as someone who could play a relatively important role on the front-seven.
  • We learned earlier today that Bengals first-round offensive tackle Jonah Williams is likely to miss the entire season after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder.

Raiders To Sign DL Josh Mauro

Former Cardinals and Giants defensive lineman Josh Mauro will head to Oakland. The Raiders are expected to sign the fifth-year defender, per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal (on Twitter).

Mauro’s contract is set to be a one-year, $1.4MM pact, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. He will earn $900K in base salary. The Giants were interested in bringing Mauro back, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com tweets. New York lost both Mauro and Mario Edwards, once a Raiders Round 2 pick, this afternoon.

Although Mauro is not coming off a particularly strong contract year, one that began with a suspension, he has a backer in new Raiders defensive line coach Brentson Buckner. Mauro’s Cardinals tenure overlapped with Buckner’s.

Mauro has just three sacks in five seasons but could offer the Raiders the ability to work as a defensive end or defensive tackle, having been a 3-4 end throughout his career. He graded as one of the better players against the run, among interior defenders, during his lone Giants season.

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Giants Activate DE Josh Mauro

A familiar staple of James Bettcher‘s recent defenses will make his Giants debut on Sunday. The team activated defensive end Josh Mauro on Saturday.

To make room on their 53-man roster, the Giants waived wide receiver Stacy Coley. Jawill Davis is expected to return kicks for the Giants, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com tweets.

Mauro played on each of Bettcher’s three Cardinals defenses, starting 24 games during Bettcher’s stay as Arizona’s DC. Although Mauro is more of a run-stopping presence at end (two career sacks), any additional qualified personnel being available stands to help a Giants team that’s again going to be without Olivier Vernon. Afflicted with a troublesome high ankle sprain, Big Blue’s top pass rusher will miss a fifth straight game.

The NFL suspended Mauro four games for violating its policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

New York claimed Coley earlier this year after Minnesota waived the second-year wideout. He returned two kicks and two punts against the Texans in Week 3, but Davis served as the Giants’ kick-return man against the Saints.

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Giants Lock In 53-Man Roster

The Giants will head into the 2018 season without one of their longest-tenured players and one of their 2017 starting safeties, with both Mark Herzlich and Darian Thompson failing to make the team.

A 2017 fifth-round pick, edge defender Avery Moss missed out as well. As did Roger Lewis, a wideout who became needed when the Giants became decimated at receiver last season.

The Giants also released recently signed cornerback Leonard Johnson, who was trying to make a fifth NFL franchise’s 53-man roster. The former Buccaneer, Patriot, Panther and Bill started seven games with Buffalo last season.

Here’s the full list of Giants cuts:

Released:

Waived:

Waived with an injury designation

Placed on IR:

Placed on Reserve/NFI list:

  • DL R.J. McIntosh

Suspended: