JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted rookie LB Nick DeLuca to the 53-man active roster from the practice squad, the team announced today. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars released 11th-year RB Jamaal Charles.
DeLuca, 6-3, 245, has been on the Jaguars practice squad for the first seven weeks of the season after originally signing with the team on Aug. 21, 2018. The Omaha, Neb. native spent part of the offseason with the Titans after signing with Tennessee as an undrafted rookie. A two-time Butkus Award nominee at North Dakota State for the nation’s top linebacker, DeLuca was named a first-team All-American as a redshirt senior in 2017 and won five Missouri Valley Football Conference championships and four NCAA Division I FCS national titles, as the Bison went 69-6 over his five years in the program. He started 36 of 59 career games and finished eighth in school history with 329 career tackles. DeLuca will wear No. 57 for the Jaguars.
Charles played in two games for the Jaguars, totaling six rushes for 7 yards and two receptions for 7 yards.