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Saturday, January 14, 2017

RIDERS LOSE KNOX TO THE BUCCANEERS

More tough news for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

For the second time in a week, the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added a player from the Canadian Football League, this time signing former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Jeff Knox Jr. on Friday night.

Knox, 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, has played the last two seasons in the CFL, with 112 tackles as a rookie in 2015, breaking a team record set by current NFL linebacker Jerrell Freeman. He had 65 tackles and another 19 on special teams (fifth-highest in CFL) in 2016 and is the second CFL player to sign with the Bucs, following receiver Derel Walker.

The 24-year-old played Division II college football at California University of Pennsylvania, just south of his hometown of Pittsburgh. He had 11.5 tackles for loss including 7.5 sacks as a senior in 2014, with four forced fumbles.

Knox's signing was first reported by NFLdraftdiamonds.com; Chip Smith, a performance coach based in Atlanta, posted a video of Knox signing his three-year contract with the Bucs. As with most players signing futures contracts, he'll face tough odds to make the team, though the Bucs have a limited number of linebackers under contract for 2017.

Knox was dismissed from Pittsburgh a month into his freshman year in 2010 after he was arrested and accused of assault against a woman; he later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor simple assault.

( Courtesy http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/bucs-sign-cfl-linebacker-jeff-knox/2309608)

24 comments:

Rod Donison said...

In 2015, Jeff broke the all-time record for tackles in his rookie season. His 112 tackles broke a team record which was previously set by current NFL linebacker Jerrell Freeman. What's even more impressive was how Jeff grew as a young man into an outstanding citizen who is as tough as anyone on the field but inside is as gentle-hearted as anyone I've ever met. Jeff's discipline, love for people and relationship with the Lord has made him the man he is today.

Anonymous said...

This was expected. Next man up!

Anonymous said...

terrific news for Knox! Just like Peters and Freeman , another one moves up from the NFL farm system

Anonymous said...

Facing long odds to stick down there. Good luck Jeff. If it doesn't work out there come back to the Riders. Please.
Dave

Anonymous said...

Tampa is an up and coming team with a talented young quarter back, a great place to land for our former MVP.

Anonymous said...

Another player that Jones inherited and didn't like

Anonymous said...

Jones didn't use him right any way,on the sidelines when plugs were in, he was way better than

Anonymous said...

He's lucky to get out of here, his play was digressing under Jones' tutorage.

Anonymous said...

This is bittersweet news as I am a huge Jeff Knox Jr. fan. Good luck in Tampa.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Jeff Knox Jr , gonna make some real money down there now

Anonymous said...

A province full of football "coaches". HILARIOUS stuff.
LMAO

Anonymous said...

The Rider sales and marketing team have a real tough challenge for 2017. Rob Bagg will have to be the face of the franchise now. They have had it easy for a few years now so Steve Mazurak will really need to bring his A game now.

Anonymous said...

When knox is on the sidelines and a chaser like Greg Jones is missing tackles or making one 7 yards down feild I'd say the wrong guy is playing the middle

Anonymous said...

I don't understand the hate for Jones. He took over a team that needed a re-build and is trying to do that.He needed cap room and let some older fan favourites move on. Give the man a chance. He knows his football.

I am a lifetime Rider supporter and didn't expect miracles in the first year.
You lament the loss of DD. Yes he WAS a good QB for the Riders but is Jones supposed to keep him because he won a Grey Cup 4 years ago but has been injured most of the time since? You complain because the Riders don't have an elite QB. How do you know that? Was DD elite especially in his first few years? I recall the coach rotating 3 QB's including DD one year because none could move the offence.My point is it takes time to mature at that position.

Maybe its time for positive thinking for a change.

Go Riders

Unknown said...

All good CFL teams get their players poached by the NFL teams. This is a good thing for Knox. This is how the CFL attracts good American talent.

Anonymous said...

The year you talk about a head coach using 3 Quaternary backs was 2008. That was a rookie head coach named Ken Miller. He had no idea who Darian Durant really was as Darian had not been given a chance. In 2007 the Riders won the Grey Cup with Kerry Joseph. Then in 2009 when Dariannwas given his chance. He took the Ridets to 2 Grey Cups in 09 and 10.
Sorry to bust your bubbly story but yes Darian was. An awesome QB when he became a starter.
Same goes with the Chris Jones story on Bo Levi Mitchell. No studied under Dave Dickerson and John Huffnsgel for 3 years before he was given his chance. The Riders do not have a QB that has been with the team for a full season. This team is in deep trouble. Worse than last year



3RD AND 1

Anonymous said...

Finally! Someone with some common sense. How refreshing. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Positive thinking;

I'm positive that Chris Jones is in over his head.

SWC

Anonymous said...

Agree! Best wishes Jeff!!

Anonymous said...

To the guy above stating about people hating Jones...I don't believe that situation would be as bad as it if he would have brought in pieces to replace these guys he has let go, biggest thing is that the riders struggled with depth at the QB position so what does he do, gets rid of there franchise guy in Durant...absolutely makes no sense. If he is bringing in a new guy for QB then what veteran does he have there for guidance at least, NOBODY. Jones has probably even more to prove this year and a bigger hole to dig himself out of.

Glenn said...

Knox was injured early. That kept him off the field, not the system. He's a player. Wish him well in the NFL . Welcome him back if it doesn't work out.
Glenn

Anonymous said...

When he was healthy he was being used part time too, Jones the defensive wizard had his best player on the sidelines.

Evan Wiome said...

Agreed. The Riders downturn started with the build up to win the 2013 Grey Cup and the euphoria after. The exorbitant contracts given out before and after 2013 led to a situation where by 2014/2015 three players take up almost $1 million of cap space. A totally unsustainable house of cards that collapsed once injuries exposed the lack of depth.

Yes 2016 was brutal and 2017 doesn't appear to be shaping up that well in January, but that is the price you pay when you transition from fiscal mismanagement to responsible and sustainable success.

Hopefully the BoD and President will stay the course. Relax everybody, the only constant is change.

Anonymous said...

The year u speak of was 2008, DD's first year with any playing time. They ended up starting Michael Bishop down the stretch-which was a huge mistake. DD was med starter right after that 08 season ended,and promptly led the team to a first place finish and back to back grey cup appearances.

He was and is an elite CFL QB. He has always been clutch, knows how to win and lead his teammates.

The hate for Jones comes from how he handled this situation. So, now He MUST produce the next franchise QB, THIS year and field a competitive team. Anything less is unnacceptable. This is the CFL and rebuilds do not take 5 years. Hes already used up one year. He is on the click.