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Jaguars Release QB Steve Matthews

August 25, 1998

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Steve Matthews, who led Jacksonville to a team-record 40 points in his only NFL start, was waived Tuesday as the Jaguars trimmed their roster to 62 players.

The Jaguars also put defensive tackle Don Davey on injured reserve. Davey tore knee ligaments in November but did not fully recover from arthroscopic surgery.

Of the 18 players the Jaguars waived, only Matthews and cornerback Curtis Anderson were on the roster last year.

Matthews was signed as insurance when Mark Brunell tore knee ligaments in the second preseason game last year. Eleven days later, he got his first NFL action when backup Rob Johnson sprained his ankle.

Matthews started the next week against the New York Giants and, equipped with about half of the playbook, completed 23 of 35 passes for 252 yards in a 40-13 victory.

Johnson was traded to the Bills, but Matthews was pressed to keep his job by free agent Jamie Martin and Jonathan Quinn, drafted in the third round out of Middle Tennessee State.

Martin has yet to throw an incomplete pass in three preseason games.

The Jaguars waived two of their draft choices _ Harry Deligianis, a defensive tackle taken in the fourth round, and Kevin McLeod, a fullback drafted in the sixth round.

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