The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed fifth-year wide receiver Arrelious Benn, first-year kicker Derek Dimke and first-year safety Jeremy Deering to reserve/future contracts, the club announced.
Benn, 6-2, 220, was a second-round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2010 and played three seasons for the Buccaneers. He was traded to Philadelphia on March 15, 2013 and eventually missed the entire season with a torn ACL. Benn was placed on injured reserve in August of 2014 and reached an injury settlement with the Eagles on Sept. 6. He has played in 37 career games with 24 starts and totaled 59 receptions for 862 yards with five touchdowns. He owns a 23.5-yard average on 13 career kickoff returns.
A native of Washington, D.C., Benn played three seasons at Illinois where he compiled 159 catches for 2,221 yards and seven touchdowns while also serving as a return specialist. He had 62 rushes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Benn left school with 3,613 all-purpose yards, the fourth-most in school history and his 159 receptions ranks fifth. He was a Parade All-American at Dunbar High School where he was ranked as the No. 2 receiver in the country by Rivals.com
Dimke was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Detroit in 2012, but was waived during final cuts. He has spent time with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay and New Orleans, but has never made the 53-man roster. The Rockford, Ill. native played collegiately at Illinois and is the most accurate kicker in the school’s history, converting on 84.8 pct. of his FG attempts (39 of 46). Dimke set a new school record for consecutive PATs made (89) without a miss, and finished his Illinois career sixth all-time in scoring with 206 points. Dimke attended Boylan (Rockford, Ill.) High School and set the state playoff record with a 54-yard FG conversion.
Deering was signed as undrafted free agent by New England on May 16, 2014 and was waived on May 22. He signed with Oakland on July 28 and was waived/injured on August 20. Deering played in 48 games in four seasons at Rutgers where he saw action at running back, wide receiver, kick returner and safety. He finished his collegiate career with 130 rushes for 578 yards and two touchdowns, 21 receptions for 415 yards and one touchdown, 41 kickoff returns for 1,100 yards and one touchdown along with 45 tackles, one interception and one pass defensed. He transitioned to the defensive side of the ball as a senior. A native of Tampa, Florida, Deering prepped at Leto High School.
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