JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars today were awarded third-year quarterback Ricky Stanzi (Kansas City) and first-year linebacker Kyle Knox (Seattle) off waivers. Rookie running back De'Leon Eskridge and fourth-year tight end Isaiah Stanback were waived. The Jaguars' roster stands at the NFL limit of 75 players.
Stanzi, 6-4, 228, was a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent the last two seasons on the Chiefs active roster but did not play in a regular season game. He was active but did not play in three games in 2012 and served as the backup quarterback in six games as a rookie.
A native of Mentor, Iowa, Stanzi started 35 games at Iowa and posted a 26-9 record as a starter, completing 542 of 907 passes for 7,377 yards. He finished his career with 56 touchdown passes including one in 21 consecutive games, the longest streak in school history. Stanzi ranked 12th in the NCAA as a senior with a 157.6 passer rating, finishing with 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He attended Lake Catholic High School in Ohio where he threw for 3,970 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also lettered four times in basketball.
Knox, 6-1, 200, spent the 2012 preseason with the Seahawks before he was waived on final cuts. He served on the club's practice squad for the final two weeks before signing a future contract in January. He started 37 of 46 games at Fresno State and posted 215 tackles and 4.5 sacks. As a senior in 2011, Knox collected 55 tackles, six tackles for loss, two passes defensed and one sack. He prepped at St. Bernard High School in Los Angeles.