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Jaguars Put Rashad Greene on IR-DFR, Sign Bryan Walters

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles will be without another weapon for the next six weeks as Rashad Greene was placed on injured reserve-designated for return.

From NFL Media-

The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced the signing of wide receiver Bryan Walters to the team’s 53-man active roster. To make room on the roster, the club placed rookie wide receiver Rashad Greene on the team’s Reserve/Injured list with a Designation for Return.

 

Greene suffered a thumb injury in the Jaguars’ Week 2 victory over Miami. Greene underwent a successful surgery this morning to repair a ligament in his right thumb and is eligible to return to practice six weeks from today (Tuesday, November 3), which falls during the team’s bye week. Greene would then have a 21-day practice window any time after returning to the field to re-join the team’s 53-man active roster. The first game Greene would be eligible to play in is the team’s Thursday night Week 11 matchup vs. Tennessee on November 19.

 

Walters, 6-0, 195, had two catches for 17 yards (8.5 rec. avg.) for the Jaguars in the season-opener vs. Carolina. He was released on Saturday, September 19, prior to the team’s Week 2 matchup with Miami. Walters spent the 2015 offseason and preseason with the Jaguars after signing on March 13. Walters will wear No. 81.

 

The Jaguars also signed offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson (Oklahoma) and linebacker Jordan Tripp (Montana) to the practice squad and released offensive tackle Patrick Miller. An open practice squad spot was also created when cornerback Peyton Thompson was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday, September 19. The team now has filled all 10 spots on the practice squad. Tripp will wear No. 58 and Tyrus Thompson will wear No. 73.

How does this affect the team?

The Jaguars are back to trying to figure out who will be their slot receiver, as Greene was doing a solid job in that role.  This likely means that we'll see more of rookie cornerback Nick Marshall on punt returns or even rookie running back Corey Grant.  

It's a bad way for Greene to go out as he dropped a couple of passes in Sunday's game (it's uncertain if the thumb injury had anything to do with the drops).  

Bryan Walters will likely be active on gamedays, at least until Julius Thomas returns from his broken hand.  Walters is a decent route runner with pretty good hands, but has a low ceiling.  


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