AFC South: Justin Roland
September, 21, 2009
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The Jaguars have been about youth, youth, youth, but Monday’s reported release of Nate Hughes is about something else they smartly want to emphasize: consequences and accountability.
Hughes started with the Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2008 and finished the season on the Jaguars' roster. During training camp he proved himself more game ready than any of the team’s three draft picks.
But a touchdown pass that bounced off his facemask was apparently part of what led the Jaguars to decide they can fare better elsewhere, even on the day it also became known they’ve lost Troy Williamson for the season with a shoulder injury. (Michael C. Wright's story on the developments is here.)
What’s next? Well, it’s time to turn to more of the draft class. Mike Thomas and Jarett Dillard haven’t dressed for the first two games and Tiquan Underwood is likely to be promoted from the practice squad to fill Williamson's spot once he's officially placed on injured reserve.
The 22nd-ranked passing offense has been horrible and David Garrard is averaging a 5.69-yard gain per pass, better than only St. Louis’ Marc Bulger, Cleveland’s Brady Quinn and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford.
Torry Holt can’t magically cure things, surely has unfavorable matchups and is running routes for a quarterback who’s been shaky. But the Jaguars brought the veteran in to settle the group and lead, and now he’s got an ever bigger opportunity to do both.
Here's what the team announced in terms of roster moves:
- Signed rookie cornerback William Middleton off Atlanta’s practice squad.
- Signed rookie free-agent safety Courtney Greene.
- Released veteran tight end Greg Estandia.
- Released Hughes.
- Waived safety Michael Desormeaux from the practice squad.
- Signed first-year linebacker Justin Roland to the practice squad.