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Jaguars pick up former Valley star receiver Toney Clemons

| Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, 11:20 p.m.
Steelers reciever Toney Clemons makes a catch during training camp at St. Vincent College. Chaz Palla | Tribune Review

Wide receiver Toney Clemons is set for another new chapter in his still-blossoming, yet meandering football career.

The Valley High School product on Monday was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars and was signed Tuesday to their 53-man roster. It's a bittersweet move that cuts Clemons' ties to the Steelers, who drafted him in April.

Clemons' dream of playing for his hometown team never came to fruition after the rookie 24-year-old was relegated to the practice squad.

Now, the prospect of actually playing in an NFL game is a legitimate possibility.

Clemons, whose college career was split between Michigan and Colorado, flew to Jacksonville late Monday afternoon to meet with team officials.

Amidst recent injuries, the Steelers did not offer to promote Clemons to their 53-man roster, instead signing veteran Plaxico Burress.

Jacksonville (2-9), coached by former Steelers assistant Mike Mularkey, initially brought Clemons in for a pre-draft meeting and workout.

Clemons (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) reunites with quarterback Chad Henne, with whom he played for one season at Michigan.

Clemons will wear No. 17, a number he wore in college.

Jacksonville plays Sunday at Buffalo.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-224-2696 or bbeckner@tribweb.com.

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