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A tale of two former Jaguars receivers

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Reggie Williams, the Jaguars’ first-round pick in 2004, was among the final cuts of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts on Saturday.

Williams, 30, signed with the Argonauts on May 29. According to the Canadian QMI Agency wire service, Williams had a one-handed TD catch in the Argonauts’ final preseason game Thursday vs. Montreal.

While Reggie Williams’ stint in Toronto has ended, another former Jaguars receiver is very much a key part of the Argonauts’ 2013 plans.

In fact, this ex-Jaguar is the CFL’s top best player in the estimation of TSN and sportswriters across Canada.

Chad Owens, a sixth-round pick of Jacksonville in 2005, was voted the CFL’s best player on Friday.

Owens, 31, was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 2012 after catching 94 passes for 1,328 yards and six TDs for the Grey Cup-champion Argos. Moreover, he set a league record for all-purpose yards.

Owens could never quite stick with the Jaguars, who released him in January 2008. But he stuck with professional football. He played Arena ball for a year, then landed on the Montreal Alouettes’ practice roster for much of 2009. The next year, the Als traded him to Toronto, and he has been a key contributor since.

For former NFL players, making a CFL roster is easier said than done. There are just eight CFL teams, and the Canadian game is different than the NFL game, with the wider field one example.

Given that Reggie Williams hasn’t been on an NFL roster since 2010, lasting until Toronto’s final cuts may signal he’s retained some professional-caliber skill. That’s one silver lining. Another may well be the success of his former Jaguars teammate, who’s authored quite the impressive career revival in Canada.