Familiar Faces Return

The Jaguars were forced to make some roster moves today due to the season ending quad injury to Chris Naeole, the performance enhancing substance suspension of Marcus Stroud, and the team suspension of Justin Durant. The Jaguars welcomed back three players that were with the team in the preseason, guard Tutan Reyes, and linebackers Jorge Cordova and Roy Manning.

Tutan Reyes was actually on the Jaguars opening day roster before being released on September 11th. Reyes was initially released to make room for kicker John Carney after starting kicker Josh Scobee was injured in warm-ups before the season opener. Since Reyes is a vested veteran and was on the opening day roster, the Jaguars were responsible for his salary for the season regardless of whether or not he suited up. Reyes will add some much needed experience and depth on the offensive line, as the Jaguars will be without their best lineman in Chris Naeole for the rest of the year.

Jorge Cordova was a former first day pick by the Jaguars (third round) in 2004 from Nevada-Reno, but hadn't lived up to expectations due to injuries and mediocre play. Cordova missed the entire 2004 and 2005 seasons with leg injuries, and played sparingly in 2006. Cordova's only real impact play came in December of 2006 when he blocked a punt in the team's 44-17 victory over Indianapolis.

Roy Manning had a brief cameo with the Jaguars during their final week of preseason, before being waived on September 1st. Manning played in one preseason game for the Jaguars and tallied three tackles and one interception that he returned 27 yards for a touchdown. Despite making the most of his brief playing time, Manning was a victim of numbers and was waived just 48 hours after the game.



Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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