Jags officially elevate PK Matthew Wright from practice squad, activate WR Tavon Austin

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced two roster moves heading into Thursday Night Football. Those moves were the elevation of practice squad kicker Matthew Wright and the elevation of receiver Tavon Austin from the team’s reserve/designated to return list.

The decision to elevate Wright was expected after Josh Lambo was ruled OUT on the final injury report Wednesday for a personal matter. The Jags signed Wright to the practice squad on Monday after Lambo had been struggling the first three weeks and was unable to connect on any of his three field-goal attempts. Lambo also missed two extra-point attempts in the Jags’ last game against Arizona.

Wright will come into Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with just three games of NFL regular season experience to his name. Those three games came late last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he was able to go 4-of-4 in terms of field goals and he was 7-of-7 in extra-point attempts. Of course, he was able to register his career-long of 46 in the process.

Austin joined the Jags on Aug. 6 and was solid for the team in the preseason, accumulating eight catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. However, he sustained a quadriceps injury that eventually sent him to injured reserve in early September after the Jags had named him to the final roster.

Austin will bring nine years of experience to the roster and gives Trevor Lawrence some more speed and versatility to the offense. He will enter the season with a total of 220 catches for 2,026 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. As a punt returner, he’s been able to garner 1,480 yards (on 188 returns) for three touchdowns and 451 yards on kickoffs (through 25 returns).