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Marcel Jensen

Fresno State tight end Marcel Jensen looks on as he stretches before facing San Diego State in a NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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May 14, 2014 |

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with 17 undrafted rookies, one the former Fresno State tight end and Rodriguez High graduate Marcel Jensen.

Fresno State first announced Jensen was going to sign on its website, www.gobulldogs.com, and The Associated Press included him in its list of transactions, Monday.

Jensen excelled enough in his one season playing for Rodriguez to land a scholarship at Fresno State. After overcoming injuries and an attempt to turn him into an offensive lineman, he had two solid seasons at tight end, twice earning all-Mountain West Conference honors.

The Jaguars drafted nine players over the weekend, including two receivers and a running back, in addition to the 17 undrafted rookies. With the additions, they needed to cut six players to get to the league-mandated, 90-man roster limit.

One of the players released was starting guard Will Rackley. A third-round draft pick from Lehigh in 2011, Rackley started 25 games over three seasons. He missed all of 2012 with an ankle injury.

“I really appreciate all the love and support!” Rackley posted on his Twitter page. “I’ve been mentally prepared for anything. Much success to come.”

Jacksonville also released running back Delone Carter, running back Shaun Chapas, receiver Jeremy Ebert, defensive tackle Drake Nevis and receiver Stephen Williams.

In addition to Jensen, the undrafted rookies include Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, Miami receiver Allen Hurns, California defensive tackle DeAndre Coleman, LSU safety Craig Loston and Oregon State cornerback Rashaad Reynolds.

The others are: Northwestern place-kicker Jeff Budzien, Cumberland running back Terrance Cobb, Louisville receiver Damian Copeland, Rice long-snapper Trevor Gillette, Oregon defensive tackle Ricky Havili-Heimuli, Missouri-Western State tight end Reggie Jordan, Clemson guard Tyler Shatley, Utah State tight end D.J. Tialavea, James Madison offensive tackle Josh Wells, Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield and Tennessee Tech punter Chad Zinchini.

Staff and wire reports

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