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Jaguars defensive purge continues-veteran LB Skuta released

Roy Cummings

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It’s been a busy day in Jacksonville. As we wrote earlier on Tuesday, the Jags traded defensive end Chris Smith to the Bengals earlier in the day and have now released veteran linebacker Dan Skuta.

A nine-year vet, Skuta, 30, came to the Jags as an unrestricted free agent during the spring of 2015 and wound up playing in 26 games (10 starts) but only two of those starts came last year.

The move was just the latest in a long line of changes the team has made as new vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin looks to rehape the Jaguars defense.

Skuta and Smith join the likes of end Jared Odrick, tackle Sen’Derrick Marks and tackle Roy Miller, all of whom have been moved since Coughlin’s arrival a few months back.

The Jags have been just as aggressive, of course, in finding replacements for those they’ve let go as they’ve signed cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive end Calais Campbell and safety Barry Church in free agency this offseason.

The team has also added linebackers Lerentee McCray and Audie Cole, defensive tackle Stefon Charles and defensive end Malliciah Goodman, as unrestricted free agents this off-season.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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