Strong safety Jarrod Harper and defensive tackle Kevin Maurice were the big winners of last weekend’s Jaguars rookie camp.

 

Two of the 39 players participating on a tryout basis, Harper and Maurice signed with the Jaguars on Monday.

The Jaguars released safety Akeem Davis and defensive tackle Louis Nix. One roster spot remains open.

Harper (6-0, 210) played at West Virginia, appearing in 51 games and making 117 tackles.

Harper became the Mountaineers’ starter in 2016 when Karl Joseph – an eventual first-round pick by Oakland – sustained a season-ending knee injury.

Harper missed last year’s spring practice because of shoulder surgery but started all 13 games and was third on the team with 71 tackles.

The Jaguars have four strong safeties under contract: Barry Church, Jarrod Wilson, James Sample and Harper.

Maurice (6-3, 300), who grew up in Orlando, played at Nebraska and totaled 71 tackles (10 for lost yardage).

Maurice started only one game in his first three years (32 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks), but thrived as a starter last year – he had 39 tackles and was second on the Cornhuskers with four sacks.

During the season, defensive coordinator Mark Banker told reporters: “Kevin Maurice is the heart and soul of the defensive front. He plays his butt off. He’s a great leader. He’s a good guy to be around. He brings a certain amount of toughness [and a] great work ethic.”

Davis was cut for the 10th time since entering the league in 2014. He was signed to the Jaguars’ practice squad last October and was activated for the final two games.

Nix, a Jacksonville native who attended Raines, was cut for the fifth time since he was drafted in the third round by Houston in 2014. Nix was signed to the Jaguars’ practice squad last October but did not appear in a game.

CAMP REPORT DATES

The Jaguars announced their reporting dates for training camp in July.

Rookies and first-year players will report July 19, the quarterbacks two days later and the remainder of the roster July 26.

The Jaguars open their preseason schedule Aug. 10 at New England.