Jaguars sign Colin Holba

Aug 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers long snapper Colin Holba (49) warms up before playing the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field. The Colts won19-15. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie long snapper Colin Holba to its active roster, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon. To make room for the special teams addition, the Jaguars have placed fellow long snapper Matt Overton on injured reserve.

Holba was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round with pick No. 213 overall. He was the primary long snapper at Louisville for the final two years of his collegiate career.

The Jaguars worked three other long snappers — Ryan DiSalvo, Andrew East and Drew Ferris — on Monday after Overton was ruled out with a dislocated shoulder. The incumbent was injured on Sunday while attempting to cover a punt. Once Overton left the game, Jaguars fullback Tommy Bohanon took over the long snapping duties. Overton is in the midst of his sixth year in the NFL. He signed with the AFC South franchise back in early August once Carson Tinker went down with a serious knee injury.

The Jaguars have been one of the biggest surprises this season, just one year after finishing 3-13 and in the cellar of the AFC South division. The team, under first-year Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone, is 6-3 and tied for first place with the Tennessee Titans for the best record in the division.

The Jaguars are riding a three-game winning streak with the team’s latest victory coming in the form of an overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Jacksonville’s defense, ranked No. 1 against the pass and No. 1 in points allowed per game, has allowed 24 points over the current winning streak.

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