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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

RIDERS SIGN FIVE



The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced national receiver S.J. Haidara, international offensive lineman Jarriel King, national defensive back Kwame Adjei, national offensive lineman Aaron Picton and national running back Brandon Deschamps have all signed with the team. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Haidara (6'1 – 215) will return for his fourth CFL season and second with the Riders after joining the team in June, 2015. Last season, the 26-year-old played nine regular season games picking up eight receptions for 58 yards and one special teams tackle.

Haidara has played 43 career regular season games through his first four years after originally being selected by the BC Lions in the 2nd round (12th overall) in the 2013 CFL Draft.   

King (6'5 – 315) was acquired by the Riders last week in a trade with the Toronto Argonauts. The 28-year-old South Carolina product played three regular season games for the Argonauts in 2015. Through three seasons with the Argos, King has played 29 regular season games, with 26 starts, spending time at guard and tackle.

Both Haidara and King were eligible to become free agents on February 9th.

Adjei (6'1 – 205) signs with the Riders after playing five collegiate seasons at Mount Allison. The 22-year-old Brampton, ON native picked up 176 total defensive tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks, and eight interceptions in 40 career regular season games. 

Adjei attended training camp with the Riders last season after the team selected him in the 5th round (42ndoverall) of the 2014 CFL Draft.    

Picton (6'4 – 295) officially joins the Green and White after his draft rights were picked up by the Riders in a September, 2015 trade with the Calgary Stampeders. The Regina native spent the last five seasons with the University of Regina playing 38 career conference games on the Rams offensive line.  

The Stampeders had originally selected Picton in the sixth round (53rd overall) of the 2015 CFL Draft.

Deschamps (6'0 – 215) signs with the Riders after spending the previous five seasons at the University of British Columbia. Last season, the Prince George, BC native played eight conference games totaling 1,191 yards and seven touchdowns on 167 carries. He also had nine carries for 79 yards and a touchdown in the 2015 Vanier Cup as the Thunderbirds were crowned national champions.

Deschamps attended 2014 training camp with the BC Lions as an undrafted free agent. 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

All players that were found by the previous scouting staff and O'day. Good job O'Day as always, Glad that you are with the Riders to keep them on track and together.

Anonymous said...

Actually only Adjei was found by the previous scouting staff. These are typical depth signings that usually occur with most clubs.

Anonymous said...

1) King was acquired by the current management staff in a trade with the Argos, not found by O'Day;
2) Of all these players, not a single one has ever been, and most never will be, a Division or CFL All-Star. At most they will be important role players on special teams. Picton has the potential to be a solid starter on the O-line, but not a lot there with the remainder. So no matter who found them, it's nothing to be proud of.
Good job of adding some needed National depth, regardless of who receives the credit.

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Anonymous said...

If the Riders are serious contenders next year then NONE of these signings should be on the final roster.

Anonymous said...

And you would know this how Anon 2?

Anonymous said...

Check out their scouting reports.
King and Haidara have been around long enough that if they were going to stand out they would have done so by now. King has averaged less than 10 games on the field in three seasons in Toronto and Haidara hasn't been very productive in his two CFL stops.
So neither veteran is an all star, moving onto the rookies, Adjei is slower than molasses in January. He ran only a 4.73 40 at the combine and watched his draft stock plummet as a result. He has good size, but that is about all. Deschamps didn't even impress anyone enough to be a 2014 CFL draft pick and I believe he has a history of injuries (sources were a bit vague). That brings me to Picton. To be perfectly honest I only wrote anything positive about him because he is a National O-lineman, and that is a traditional spot where Nationals start. Hufnagel said he was a "project" when drafted, so I think there might be some potential there, similar to Dan Clark. Maybe a starter one day, but most likely not an all-star.

Any other questions?

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Why does your mom keep calling me. I told her it's over a week ago. Yeesh

Anonymous said...

Riders 3-15

Anonymous said...

Deschamps has a chance to be a Neal Hughes type ... but if the Riders to be taken serious none of these players should make the roster. (Hughes played in four GC winning two)

Hopefully Santa brings some brains for our Rider Nation brethren. Riders lack Canadian depth, sign a few depth Canadians and the fans are smarter than the front office.

Anonymous said...

actually anon 7 is logical and makes sense. nothing wrong with using brains instead of blind loyalty to guide your view of things

Anonymous said...

Does it really matter who found/signed/traded any players? It only matters that the Riders go about the business of improving their talent base.

Anonymous said...

Finally, somebody else who isn't a babbling, incoherent loser. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and yours this holiday season :-)