Riders add former NFL RB David Cobb

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed former NFL running back David Cobb.

Cobb was a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. He played in seven games, starting one, rushing 52 times for 146 yards and one touchdown. Cobb was released after training camp among final cuts in 2016. Then Cobb spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears in 2016 and 2017.

“Our guys went and saw him [in The Spring League]. We started looking at a little film. He came to one of our last workouts that we had. He’s a 230-pound guy. He’s been in the NFL so he knows the rigours,” head coach Chris Jones said.

The Killeen, Texas native played collegiately for the University of Minnesota rushing 562 times for 2,893 yards, 20 touchdowns and 34 receptions for 339 yards in four years for the Golden Gophers, including back-to-back 1,200-plus yard seasons.

Cobb joins Zac Stacy, Tre Mason and Trent Richardson, who is on the suspended list, as running backs with NFL experience currently on the roster.

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46 Comments on Riders add former NFL RB David Cobb

  1. Dumpster diving at its best for the RB position….

    • Presumably a RB with that serious an NFL look has upside perceived by a good number of professional talent evaluators to be better than any number of other RBs who didn’t get that look. Only 25 years old. 2014 2nd team All-Big-Ten, great #s in an elite college program. If that’s dumpster diving, I’m all for picking through the heap for those kind of scraps…

    • Ridiculous post. All international signings are basically dumpster diving. At least this one has had meaningful snaps at the highest level.

    • Dumpster diving; true. Other teams wish they could find such talent filled dumpsters.

    • Jeremiah was a bullfrog // June 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm //

      Man Bob with comments like that you can tell your football IQ is zero! All your doing is trolling. I’m wondering if Bob the same person that’s had 50 other names.
      Some of the smarter football IQs understand that with Messam being a Canadian the Riders can do a lot more.
      Chris Jones brought in another big sized RB. He’s just shy of being 6 feet tall and he’s 229lbs. So the dude has size.
      Tennessee Titans Drafted him in the 5th round (138th overall) of the
      He’s very close to the same size Cory Sheets is. If the dude can use his size and agility this could be a solid RB.
      Comments like Bobs just shows how many trolls still frequent this site.

  2. CFL FAN // June 4, 2018 at 11:49 am //

    I really liked watching T Richardson. A punishing runner reminiscent of a George Reed. Just ask Antoine Pruneau. (Anyone else remember that?)

    • Yeah, I liked Richardson and his cement truck runs as well – that is football in its purest form. Pruneau and a Cdn MLB with Montreal had a good taste of Richardson. Although for a safety, I thought Pruneau did well.

    • A Rider hopeful // June 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm //

      I liked Richardson’s running style as well. None of this east-west stuff but straight ahead into the eye of the storm so to speak. Reminded me of George Reed as well.

  3. Pennyrocker // June 4, 2018 at 12:02 pm //

    Jones how do you spell offensive line. Not by getting more running backs.

  4. GreenInCalgary // June 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm //

    Bob, what’s the point of trashing this guy before giving him a chance to show what he can do. He is just like you and me – he has a family, he has friends and he is just trying to make his way in life. He may or may not be successful with this tryout, but he deserves a chance, without people who don’t know him or know much about him demeaning him.

    • There’s lots of guys at the local YMCA rec leagues that are down-and-out unemployeds with family and friends – – do you want to start a campaign for Jones to sign them up for the Riders too?

      No doubt they all “deserve a chance” just like Dave Cobb does.

      • Though, to be fair, the YMCA rec leaguers don’t have standout Big Ten pedigree and solid evals from NFL-level pro talent evaluators. So there may be better reasons one deserves more of a chance than another. You’re entitled to your opinion, Area51, but we’re all entitled to roll our eyes and chuckle good-naturedly when you share it in public. At 25 yo, how is this guy not worth a look?

        Quote copied from David Cobb’s NFL Draft Analysis scouting profile:

        “I’m hoping we get him. He can step right in and play because he runs tough and he knows how to pass protect. His offensive line was bad too. He’s a way shiftier runner than he gets credit for.” – AFC running back coach.

        • Just like Vince Young has a “standout Big 12 pedigree” including a national championship and such “solid evals from NFL-level pro talent evaluators” that he was taken third overall in the draft.

          Maybe Regina should sign Vince Young too – – how’s he not worth a look? Oh, wait….

      • Huff's Neighbor // June 4, 2018 at 4:43 pm //

        A hole your are, per usual.

      • Jack in Hamilton // June 4, 2018 at 10:12 pm //

        What do current CFLers Chris Rainey, Tyrell Sutton, Jeremiah Johnson, William Powell, Alex Green, etc have in common? They are all former multi-season NFLers who ended up in the CFL. Why do you find the need to bash Chris Jones when he brings in former NFLers when all other GMs do the same? You’re a one-trick pony & you’re post’s are beyond laughable.

  5. Another nonsensical RB signing by the Rider braintrust.

    Not sure how long it’s going to take Chris Jones to realize the CFL game is more finesse than physical.

    Regina already has Messam to be the power back for grinding out tough yards between the tackles. They need an explosive RB with speed to get the edge. Just not a head case with mental health problems like Tre Mason.

    It defies logic to sign a bumbling plodder that’s as hopelessly slow footed as this guy.

    Maybe Jones was having a bad trip and got him confused with Randall Cobb?

    • They have smaller explosive backs as well: Marcus Thigpen and Christion Jones. Think they have at least half a dozen running backs atm… likely 2 or 3 cut soon.

    • Football is more finesse than physical – Really. So the Argos should be signing Patrick Chan any day now?

      • Not sure how much NFL you watch, but I can assure you the CFL is far more finesse than physical in comparison to the NFL.

    • Huff's Neighbor // June 4, 2018 at 4:44 pm //

      Makes more sense than you do. But hate on lou, we know you’re jealous.

  6. Oilrider // June 4, 2018 at 1:07 pm //

    Meh. Sounds like just another body for training camp. But injuries happen, so it’s never a bad idea to have extra guys around, especially ones that got a good long look in the NFL.
    Seems like a solid, low-risk move to me. Even if he never actually suits up for a game.

  7. Too bad Trent Richardson didn’t work out.

    This is what good teams do… they bring in as much talent as they can in the preseason and evaluate. This is a RB who shows some promise for sure. Messam rarely gets injured, but if he does, they at least have someone who knows their system and can be brought up.

  8. The Grog // June 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm //

    I can’t believe the naysayers who are trashing Jones just for bringing in an RB. Obviously many haters on here!

    • Wouldn’t expect any less Grog. If there’s no news on their teams, they feel inclined to give their 2 cents on the Riders.

  9. riderontheisland // June 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm //

    Area51 using words he doesn’t understand again. Maybe you can just concede that it defines your logic and not common logic. Thanks now move on.

    • The Grog // June 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm //

      I believe the Riders are in good shape whether they have signed this guy or not! But continue your blather all you want!

  10. Big deal it’s one RB. 3D just so lazy they can only report on two things, Manziel and the Riders. Drouche Edwards founded this site so is anyone surprised by their lack of journalism? Nope.

  11. Rick Cowan // June 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm //

    I can’t figure way the Rider’s keep signing these running backs when we need Canadian offensive lineman

  12. Remember how the neg. list works folks. If you have a guy on the neg. list and he expresses an interest in coming to the CFL you then either have to offer him a contract or trade or release his rights. The timing on this isn’t great because I think we now have more good RBs than we can keep, but maybe there’s a trade possibility as well.

  13. Rick Cowan // June 4, 2018 at 4:04 pm //

    We don’t have any backup Canadian offensive lineman if Labatte or Clark are hurt St John is Bladek is hurt so that is way they need Canadian offensive lineman

    • Is Bladek hurt? St. John has a hamstring so they probably want to be a bit careful with that, so he might be out a few games, or 6. Adusei dressed for a game last yer so presumably we think he’s ready to play. We also have a couple more very young guys, but they’re probably too young at this point. If we go with four Canadians on defence, however, – DTx2, LB and S – then we can go with 2 OLs and a Bagg on offence, and Messam gives us added flexibility.

      • So I did a bit of research and apparently I somehow missed the fact that Bladek got nicked up in the Eskimos game. The good news is that one of our DT conversion projects, Dalton Houghton, was the next man up at C and he’s been playing great. He’s still too light imo but it looks like we may have found a developmental guy to take Zver’s spot behind Clark.

    • MR. Green // June 4, 2018 at 5:07 pm //

      Eddie Steele who played a couple games at o line in Edmonton in 2015 has practiced there recently. Even Zack Evans. We could use some more quality depth. Let’s hope the starting 5 stay relatively healthy.
      Jamie Nye figures Richardson won’t be back, another look at someone doesn’t hurt. They released 3, Antwane Grant being one and signed 2, a RB and DB.

      • The Grog // June 4, 2018 at 5:18 pm //

        I am concerned about the depth on the o-line this year, but overall things are looking good! Injures could be a concern at any position if you get too many at one position!

        • It’s all about the injuries. If Bladek and JSJ aren’t expected to be out long then we’re fine, even after losing Zver and Meredith. Because of our Canadian depth elsewhere we can go to 2 Canadians on the OL with Adusei backing up for a few games if need be.

          • D’oh! It looks like Houghton is injured now too! If we’re not bringing guys in now it must be because Bladek and JSJ aren’t expected to be out very long.

  14. Jeremiah was a bullfrog // June 4, 2018 at 4:34 pm //

    Certainly no harm in having a good look. I just have a feeling we are going to see a 2 back set a fair amount this year. With Messam being a National and Messam is a good blocking RB. They need a International RB that can block as well.
    When your Oline has great talent in starters. But the depth players are not as good as you’d like. This system works well.
    Plus you have 2 check down receivers in your RBs if the Zones are covered well.
    I trust what Jones and his staff have coming. Until the bullets are flying and your team is playing in real action. The truth is no one knows where most teams are. As 6 teams have incredible parity. Montreal is the biggest question mark. Then I would say Hamilton is the next question. No where near the concern they have in Montreal. Last is going to be Ottawa. Hopefully Trevor Harris is alright and Ottawa can stick in with the other 6

  15. White Horse // June 4, 2018 at 5:28 pm //

    C Jones and Murphy are constantly scouting. Why not!! The old adage applies…the more sh$t you throw against the wall, the more of it sticks!!

  16. The Grog // June 4, 2018 at 5:33 pm //

    I agree with that! It never hurts to keep looking for that hidden gem! I can’t wait for the season to start.

  17. Rick Cowan // June 4, 2018 at 5:49 pm //

    ST JOHN Looks like he will be out for awhile and Houghton is hurt to the Rider’s should be looking at a couple of Canadian offensive lineman like Danny Groulx and Cory Wathan they would help we don’t need anymore American running backs

  18. Starting to sound a lot like the Eskimos last year

  19. Davodata // June 4, 2018 at 6:21 pm //

    Byron is right: Bringing in and evaluating as much talent as possible during the preseason “is what good teams do.” Test drive a bunch and pick the best. Smart.

  20. thanks nice post.how are you people?

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