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Jaguars release Evans; waive/injure Price

Updated 5:20 p.m. ET, Sunday, Aug. 12

The Jaguars released veteran WR Lee Evans and waived/injured WR Taylor Price, the team announced Sunday. In their places, the team signed WR Demetrius Williams and OG-C Josh Beekman

Williams, a 6-2, 202-pound sixth-year veteran, has played in 46 games with four starts since entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2006.  He spent four seasons with the Ravens (2006-09) and played in two games for the Browns in 2010 but did not record a reception. He was with the Browns for the 2011 preseason before he was released on final cuts. 

Beekman, a 6-2, 310-pound fourth-year veteran, entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the Bears in 2007. He started 20 of 28 games in three seasons (2007-09) with the Bears before he was waived in 2010. Following his release, he spent time with the Colts in 2011 and the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.

Evans, an offseason acquisition, had four catches for 74 yards in nine games for Baltimore last season. The 31-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Bills and has 43 career touchdowns.

Price, a former third-round pick by the Patriots in 2010, had two catches for 39 yards for Jacksonville in two games last season. If Price clears waivers, he will revert to the Jaguars’ injured reserve list.

The way we see it

That the Jaguars' WR corps has struggled early in camp and Evans still was unable to make a splash suggests that he simply does not have a lot of tread left on his tires. Rookie Justin Blackmon and veterans Laurent Robinson, Cecil Shorts and Mike Thomas are virtual locks to end up on the 53-man roster, so the Jaguars must think younger veterans Brian Robiskie and Chastin West, the recently signed Williams or undrafted rookie Kevin Elliott can be a bigger contributor than Evans this season.

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