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Bucs rookie DE Jones leads sack charge against Jaguars

The Bucs sacked Blake Bortles six times, and leading the charge was an obscure first-year player from Shepherd University, a Division II school in West Virginia.

Defensive end Howard Jones had been on Tampa Bay’s practice squad all season until he was bumped up to the active roster last week, when T.J. Fatinikun was placed on injured reserve.

On Sunday, he registered a pair of first-half sacks in his first NFL game.

“I just wanted to fit in with all of our other linemen,’’ said Jones, who spent all of the 2014 season on Pittsburgh’s practice squad. “Coaches told me to just play fast out there. All week, they were telling me to get off the ball.’’

Jones, who was timed in 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL combine, went to camp with Pittsburgh again this summer before being waived in the final cuts.

“How about Howard?” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. ”He’s as fast as some of our receivers. I know he was really excited about the opportunity. We’re talking about him right now, which is a good thing your first time out.’’

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