Friday, March 13, 2015

Riders Sign Two International Receivers

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international receivers Greg Hardin and Naaman Roosevelt have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.   

Hardin (5’11 – 175) joins the Green and White after spending four record breaking seasons at the University of North Dakota. Through 42 career collegiate games the Bellevue, Nebraska native registered 221 receptions for 3,583 yards and 32 touchdowns while also adding 52 kickoff returns for 1,360 yards and three touchdowns. He left as UND’s all-time leader in career receiving yards while also holding the Big Sky Conference single game receiving record with 333 yards.

Last season, the 24-year-old attended training camp with the Denver Broncos, after signing with the team in May, where he played three preseason games.     

Roosevelt (6’1 – 195) has signed with the Riders after spending the last five seasons in the National Football League. The Buffalo native originally signed with his hometown Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in April, 2010. He spent three seasons with the Bills playing 16 regular season games where he registered 25 receptions for 396 yards and one touchdown while also adding two kickoff returns for 31 yards. 

The 27-year-old University of Buffalo product spent part of the 2013 season with the Cleveland Browns before signing with the Detroit Lions in April, 2014. He then re-joined the Bills in July where he spent most of last season on their practice squad.                                               
For more on Hardin, check out this story from the University of North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Former University of North Dakota wide receiver Greg Hardin spent most of his career chasing Weston Dressler down in the program's record books. 

The two never played together in Grand Forks, but after signing a contract with Saskatchewan of the Canadian Football League on Friday, the duo will become teammates at the professional level.

Hardin was able to catch Dressler in some categories of those UND receiving record books, but his new Roughrider teammate was able to hold him off in others. Now, he'll get a chance to learn the nuisances of the game played north of the border from a player that has become arguably one of the league's most dynamic receiving threats over the past seven seasons.

"This was the best decision I could make," Hardin said. "I wanted to continue playing football and to be able to do that with a great organization, team and fans makes it even more exciting. Plus, getting the chance to play with Weston and join him as a former UND player is exciting. I'm looking forward to learning from one of the best wide receivers in the CFL." 

Dressler signed a four-year contract extension with the Roughriders in January after going to training camp with Kansas City Chiefs last summer. He finished the 2014 season back with the Riders and signed a four-year contact extension in the offseason.

In his seven seasons, Dressler has 469 career receptions for 6,851 yards and 44 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 294 yards and two more scores and has three punt returns for touchdowns to his credit.

After Hardin finished up his historic UND career, he went to training camp with the Denver Broncos and eventually landed with the Omaha Mammoths in what was the inaugural season of the FXFL.

Hardin left UND as the program's all-time leader in receiving yards with 3,583 (Dressler is second with 3,382), while Dressler still holds the school record for all-time receiving touchdowns at 37 (Hardin is second with 31). 


Anonymous said...

Another quality signing by BT.

Keep em comin!!

Anonymous said...

I've seen Hardin play.

He is electric!!


Anonymous said...

Another quality signing by JO.

Keep em comin!!

Anonymous said...

Anybody is an improvement on Chaz Schillens.

Anonymous said...

Good signing JO'D

Anonymous said...

All I will say is HARDIN !!