Jaguars release backup QB Cody Kessler along with 5 others

Published 7:52 p.m. ET May 9, 2019 | Updated 10:02 p.m. ET May 9, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars released quarterback Cody Kessler on Thursday, clearing the way for rookie Gardner Minshew to become Nick Foles’ backup.

Kessler started four games in place of Blake Bortles last December, completing 64 percent of his passes for 553 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception and fumbled four times.

Minshew, a sixth-round draft pick, signed his rookie contract and will take part in a three-day rookie camp beginning Friday.

Right tackle Jawaan Taylor (second round), tight end Josh Oliver (third), running back Ryquell Armstead (fifth) and defensive tackle Dontavius Russell (seventh) also signed rookie deals Thursday.

To make room for them on the 90-man roster, the Jaguars released linebacker Blair Brown, guard Parker Ehinger and running backs Dimitri Flowers and back David Williams. They also parted ways with linebacker Donald Payne after he failed a physical.

Brown and Payne had played in a combined 49 games for Jacksonville the past two years, mostly on special teams.

Jacksonville made an offseason commitment to improving special teams….

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