Ellefson elevated to Jaguars active roster

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Ben Ellefson (86), who played at North Dakota State, has been elevated to Jacksonville's active roster for Week 1 of the NFL season. Reinhold Matay / USA TODAY Sports

The road to landing with an NFL team had many more bumps in the road in 2020 than almost any other year for rookies.

No workouts, pro days, no team visits before the draft.

Ben Ellefson has battled through all of that and now it's paid off.

WDAY Sports Director Dom Izzo confirming with a source that the Hawley native was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars 53-man roster on Thursday.


Ellefson had previously been on the Jaguars practice squad and the team protected him each week to ensure he wasn't signed by another team.

The former Bison tight end was also active for the first two weeks of the season. He did not record any stats in those two games.

After the draft in April, Ellefson signed as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville. He was waived during final cuts.

There will be a Bison connection in the Jaguars next game. Jacksonville plays the Los Angeles Chargers, where Ellefson's former quarterback Easton Stick plays.

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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