|Jaguars activate Stephen Franklin, cut Kevin Bentley|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, December 6, 2011 at 6:00 am ET
Kevin Bentley Profile
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed rookie linebacker Stephen Franklin to the active roster from the practice squad. They cut veteran linebacker Kevin Bentley and signed safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to the practice squad.
Owusu-Ansah and defensive back Dominique Harris visited the Jaguars on Saturday, according to a league source.
Franklin was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by the Cincinnati Bengals this year. He was waived on Aug. 27 and signed by Seattle where he spent a week on the active roster. The Jaguars signed him to the practice squad on Oct. 26.
A four-year letterman at Southern Illinois, Franklin compiled 174 tackles, 12 1/2 tackles for loss, 6 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Owusu-Ansah was a fourth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys and played in 10 games the last two seasons for the Cowboys as a defensive back and return specialist.
He averaged 21.4 yards on 28 kickoff returns and 7.8 yards on six punt returns. He spent the first nine weeks this season on the Cowboys practice squad before he was elevated to the 53-man roster for three games.
As a rookie, Owusu-Ansah was used primarily as a kickoff returner and returned 25 kickoffs for 543 yards (21.7 avg.) with a long of 41. He played in 10 games before suffering an ankle injury against Jacksonville and missed the remainder of the season.
Owusu-Ansah played in 43 games with 21 starts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania at defensive back and also served as the primary returner. He owns school career records for kickoff return yards (1,371), kickoff return touchdowns (three) and punt return yards (788). He set a single-season school record with three punt returns for touchdowns as a senior and also had two kickoff returns for scores.
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