Lorenzo Burns and Jeff Cotton Jr. set to play their first NFL game with the Jaguars

Lorenzo Burns (left) and Jeff Cotton Jr. were activated from the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on Saturday and are scheduled to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday

Jeff Cotton Jr., once an outstanding receiver at Mountain View High School and Pima College, and a former Arizona cornerback Lorenzo Burns are expected to play the first game of their NFL career on Sunday for the Jacksonville Jaguars against the New England Patriots.

Cotton and Burns are two of nine high players on the Jaguars’ practice squad on Saturday as a COVID-19 replacement ahead of Sunday’s game against New England.

Cotton, 6-2, 206 pounds, has been on the practice squad all season after playing all three preseason games for the Jaguars in August.

Lorenzo Burns played in Arizona from 2016-20 (Photo by Arizona Athletics)

The Jaguars claimed Burns from the Arizona Cardinals ahead of the start of the regular season and he also remained on the practice squad.

Burns, a 5-11, 175-pound rookie, has appeared in 42 games in Arizona with 40 starts in five seasons (2016-20). He ended his college career with 192 total tackles, nine interceptions, 35 assists defended and eight tackles for a loss.

Cotton, who trains at Jet Sports Training in Tucson, was on the Los Angeles Chargers’ training squad last season before being released.

He ended his college career in Idaho in 2017 and 2018 after graduating from Mountain View and Pima. He played 21 games for Idaho, catching 137 passes for 1,797 yards (13.1 on average) with 14 touchdowns.

Jeff Cotton in Mountain View (Andy Morales / AllSportsTucson.com)

At Mountain View, Cotton was an All-Southern Arizona first-team selection after setting up a senior season (2014) with 851 yards per reception (18.1 yards per catch) and five touchdowns.

In two seasons at Pima (2015 and 2016), he amassed 62 receptions for 1,163 yards with seven touchdowns.


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