Jaguars waive Columbia grad Jernigan, sign kicker Hauschka

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars made a flurry of moves on Monday, including the release of former Lake City Columbia High star Timmy Jernigan and signing kicker Steven Hauschka.

The roster activity picked up four days after the Jaguars were embarrassed on national television by the Dolphins, 33-13.

The bigger news of the day was cutting Jernigan, a defensive tackle, who signed with the Jaguars last month. Jernigan couldn’t do much in the line rotation. He logged just 54 defensive snaps over three games and made just one tackle. The Jaguars were Jernigan’s third team since he was drafted by the Ravens in the second round in 2014 out of Florida State.

The Jaguars also touched up their kicking situation, releasing Brandon Wright and signing Steven Hauschka.

Hauschka, 35, spent the last three seasons kicking for the Buffalo Bills. Prior to that, he was the kicker in Seattle from 2011-2016 where he won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks. In his career, he has made over 85 percent of his field goal attempts with a long of 58, although last season in Buffalo, he made just one of five attempts from over 50 yards.

Lambo was placed on injured reserve after he missed an extra point and botched a squib kick that led to a Titans field goal in a three-point loss to Tennessee in Nashville. Under new rules in 2020, Lambo may return to the active roster after sitting out three games.

“He’s off crutches, so he’s walking around,” Jaguars' head coach Doug Marrone said of Lambo. “We’ll just work on rehab and try to get him back as soon as we can.”

Wright was signed to fill Lambo’s shoes, but the former Georgia State kicker missed an extra point and injured his groin in the Jaguars' Thursday night loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The team also placed linebacker Leon Jacobs on the injured reserve list with a knee issue and promoted defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale to the active roster.

Jacksonville signed kicker Aldrick Rosas and offensive lineman Jared Hilbers to the practice squad.

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