The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the addition of five import players to the practice roster. Quarterback Ryan Katz, receiver DeMarco Sampson, receiver Thomas Mayo, offensive lineman James Lee, and defensive back Troy Stoudemire have all joined the team.
Katz (6’1 – 210) joins the Riders after spending the last four seasons in the NCAA. After playing three seasons at Oregon State the 22-year-old graduated then transferred to San Diego State to play his senior season. Last season at SDSU, Katz completed 99 of 163 passes for 1,348 yards and 13 touchdowns. He recently attended Denver Broncos training camp after signing with the team as a free agent in April.
Sampson (6’2 – 204) comes to the Green and White after playing four seasons at San Diego State. The California native had 146 career receptions for 2,242 yards and 18 touchdowns. Sampson was originally selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round (249th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old most recently attended Buffalo Bills training camp after signing with the team in May.
Mayo (6’2 – 205) signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May, 2012 after finishing his senior season at California (PA) University. In his final season at California, the 23-year-old had 79 receptions for 1,359 yards and 16 touchdowns in 13 games. He recently attended workouts with the New York Jets after signing with the team in May.
Lee (6’3 – 305) joins the Riders after spending parts of the last five seasons in the NFL. The 28-year-old originally signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in April, 2008 after playing at South Carolina State. After being waived by the Browns, Lee quickly signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September, 2008 where he remained on their practice roster for four seasons.
Stoudemire (5’10 – 199) signed with the Riders after spending five seasons at the University of Minnesota. The Texas native spent time at receiver and defensive back as well as kick returner where he set an NCAA record with 3,615 career kickoff return yards. He recently attended training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals.