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A tale of two former Jaguars receivers

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Reggie Williams, the Jaguars’ first-round pick in 2004, was among the final cuts of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts on Saturday.

Williams, 30, signed with the Argonauts on May 29. According to the Canadian QMI Agency wire service, Williams had a one-handed TD catch in the Argonauts’ final preseason game Thursday vs. Montreal.

While Reggie Williams’ stint in Toronto has ended, another former Jaguars receiver is very much a key part of the Argonauts’ 2013 plans.

In fact, this ex-Jaguar is the CFL’s top best player in the estimation of TSN and sportswriters across Canada.

Chad Owens, a sixth-round pick of Jacksonville in 2005, was voted the CFL’s best player on Friday.

Owens, 31, was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2012 after catching 94 passes for 1,328 yards and six TDs for the Grey Cup-champion Argos. Moreover, he set a league record for all-purpose yards.

Owens could never quite stick with the Jaguars, who released him in January 2008. But he stuck with professional football. He played Arena ball for a year, then landed on the Montreal Alouettes’ practice roster for much of 2009. The next year, the Als traded him to Toronto, and he has been a key contributor since.

For former NFL players, making a CFL roster is easier said than done. There are just eight CFL teams, and the Canadian game is different than the NFL game, with the wider field one example.

Given that Reggie Williams hasn’t been on an NFL roster since 2010, lasting until Toronto’s final cuts may signal he’s retained some professional-caliber skill. That’s one silver lining. Another may well be the success of his former Jaguars teammate, who’s authored quite the impressive career revival in Canada.

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12 Responses to “A tale of two former Jaguars receivers”
  1. h3min1230 says: Jun 23, 2013 12:52 PM

    HAHA!

  2. dolphindubs says: Jun 23, 2013 1:14 PM

    Good for you Chad Owens! Dominate that league!

  3. phreakin says: Jun 23, 2013 1:14 PM

    You here that Matt Jones? Head to Canada! But don’t get excited. It’s called the great white north for the snow not the cocaine.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 23, 2013 1:25 PM

    This will start the Jaguars are moving to Toronto meme.

  5. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 23, 2013 1:36 PM

    Reggie Williams was a total clown in Jax. However, the gyrations his neck/shoulders/torso would do in his exceptionally rare TD celebrations were hilarious. The guy should go on the road as a carnie.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 23, 2013 2:05 PM

    Shoelace and Ace will make up for dead enders like Williams, Jones, and J. Smith. Two of the brightest, most engaging young players in the league.

  7. eiregi says: Jun 23, 2013 2:07 PM

    Being from Buffalo and having an Uncle play center for the TiCats many a year ago, I’m grateful that the CFL exists, while others celebrated Columbus Day in their youth I got to celebrate Thanksgiving watching those games in Queenston…

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 23, 2013 2:22 PM

    Sounds like either Chad Johnson or TO need to make a slight name change and then they could sneak their way into a tryout.

  9. omegalh says: Jun 23, 2013 3:14 PM

    I love when ignorants on this site say that player X can just go to Canada to play. Actually, it takes a certain skill set for the Canadian game and with only 8 teams, you have to be great at it. Plus each roster must have a certain percentage of Canadians.

  10. pcjag says: Jun 23, 2013 10:23 PM

    Chad Owens was great in his pre-season with the Jags. The lights went on week 1 and he fumbled two punts/kick offs and that was it for him. I felt bad for him.

  11. ddogdaddy says: Jun 23, 2013 10:33 PM

    This is news? 2 has been players. I am sure if you dig deep enough you might find something interesting about the Jags to talk about. Go ahead we will wait.

  12. shackdelrio says: Jun 24, 2013 11:11 PM

    Chad Owens got plenty of chances here. Unfortunately for him, he never could take advantage of them. Too many punt returns off his facemask.

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