The Jaguars have announced rookie tight end Josh Oliver has been placed on I.R. after three active games this season.
Due to more injuries to the team’s roster, the Jaguars announced several moves on Monday after the team’s 33-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Per Jaguars.com, the team “signed fifth-year TE Nick O’Leary and promoted rookie TE Charles Jones to the active roster, the club announced today. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars placed rookie TE Josh Oliver (back) and sixth-year LB Lerentee McCray (hamstring) on the team’s reserve/injured list. The Jaguars also signed rookie TE Matt Sokol to the team’s practice squad.”
The injury to Oliver is critical as yet another tight end has been sidelined for the season with an injury. Both James O’Shaughnessy and Geoff Swaim were placed on the injured reserve list earlier this season. The move also affects the passing game as offensive coordinator John DeFilippo likes to use the position in multiple sets during the game.
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On Sunday, Seth DeValve was the only active player who was not cleared to play. His status for next week is still not known.
"“I think that the one thing we were excited about Josh [Oliver] and then obviously he had the injury early and was out. And then he started to come back and it was a question of is he going to become more involved, and we were watching him play in practice and he was really doing a good job,” head coach Doug Marrone said Monday afternoon when he spoke to the local media by teleconference.“We feel really good about him going forward because of the way he played, and what he was showing and really he was getting a lot better. It’s a shame that that’s going to take a back seat.”"
Oliver was a third-round pick out of San Jose State who missed the seven weeks of the season because of a hamstring injury he suffered in training camp. He was expected to come in and be the pass-catcher in DeFilippo’s scheme, while Swaim was brought in during free agency from Dallas as a big blocker on the line of scrimmage.
"“Obviously, the team was built to have that position, to have the guys that we felt early on in the year, we felt like we liked the guys that we had, the versatility that they had. I thought James [O’Shaughnessy] was really playing well, the best he’s played since he’s been here before the injury. And then now it’s a challenge for us as coaches,” Marrone continued.“We’re in there, and these are the guys that we have, and we have to put them in the best position. It might not be a comfort level for us, or it might be some out of the box thinking, but we’ve got to find a way to put these guys in good position where we can get the most out of the guys that are around them and what we can do with the guys that are here.”"
The signing of O’Leary is something interesting to watch as he had success in college at FSU, but that has not translated to the next level. A sixth-round pick in 2015, he is 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds. He has 44 career receptions and three touchdowns during his time with the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins.