3 New Riders

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed import defensive back Derrick Johnson, import linebacker Kye Stewart and import defensive end Trumaine 'Joe' Sykes to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released.

Johnson has spent time with Seattle, Houston and Miami over the past two years. He dressed in five NFL games with Atlanta and Houston in 2006. Johnson was drafted in the 6th round of the 2005 NFL Draft by San Francisco and dressed in 14 regular season games for the 49ers in his rookie season and started in four of those games. Prior to joining the NFL, Johnson was a standout cornerback at the University of Washington.

Stewart spent four seasons at Illinois State. He led his team in his senior season with 131 defensive tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and three quarterback sacks. He finished his collegiate career with an amazing 380 defensive tackles, along with 20 tackles for a loss.

Sykes spent last season with the NFL's Green Bay Blizzards and was named the league's Top Defensive Player. He finished last year with a league leading 22 tackles for a loss and 19.5 quarterback sacks, while picking up 49 defensive tackles, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Sykes spent the 2006 season with the Washington Redskins where he dressed in one regular season game.

''All three of these young men will bring a very high level of competition to our upcoming training camp,'' stated Roughriders general manager Eric Tillman. ''In fact, each will have a very legitimate shot of earning a spot on a defence which is already very talented.''

I had no idea that the Packers changed their name to the "Blizzards".... :roll: :roll:

Sykes spent last season with the AF2's Green Bay Blizzards

Maybe i'm just still pumped from reading 13 pages of the "by the way" thread, but i think Guru ET is off to a great start with these 3 signings.

They seem to have impressive resumes.

We forget at times what a huge pool of talent there is down south.

That is why I am never overly concerned about American players moving on through retirement, free agency etc., because they always seem to be replaced by someone just as good if not better. True, that in a couple of positions at most, the new guy replacing the old guy isn’t up to snuff, but that is usually just temporary.

I am more concerned about loosing starting Canadians because quality Canadian starters are harder to come by in general, but imports… that is a different story.

American football players are like soldiers. They are expendable. You loose some to injury, free agency, etc and then you just recruit others to replace them. It sounds harsh, but I think it true. And with salary caps that are now being enforced, it is even more the case.

Absolutely. There will be 20-30 such signings and I am sure they will all make the team....
As Oxbow says, American players are a dime a dozen--they all have great pedigrees. But few of them actually ever pan out. If one of these 3 guys makes it to the practice roster, it was a good day at the office.