Making the play of the pre-season apparently wasn’t enough for Nathan Rourke in his bid to make the Jacksonville Jaguars’ opening day roster.
The former B.C. Lions star quarterback was reportedly waived from the team on Monday, according to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero.
NFL teams had until today to get down to their 53-man opening day rosters. Should he not be picked up by another NFL team, Rourke can return to the Jaguars’ practice squad.
Only 12 of the league’s 32 teams kept three quarterbacks on their active rosters last season, with the other teams opting to slot an extra pivot on the practice roster.
The writing appeared to be on the wall for Rourke last week, with Miami Dolphins head coach Doug Pederson saying incumbent backup QB C.J. Beathard “is our No. 2″ before Saturday’s final pre-season game against the Miami Dolphins, a 31-18 win by the Jaguars.
Rourke went 4-for-6 for 74 yards in the game, while Beathard went 8-for-10 for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Rourke, 25, made all the highlight reels a couple of weeks ago when he bobbed and weaved his way through multiple Dallas Cowboy defenders and then fired off a touchdown pass as he was being pulled to the ground.