Riders sign former Ticats Canadian OL Braden Schram

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed national offensive lineman Braden Schram to a two-year deal.

Schram was released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on June 28 after selecting him in the second round of the 2017 CFL Draft. The 25-year-old dressed in one game for the Ticats as a rookie. The Tabbies largely moved on from Schram due to a surplus of Canadian offensive lineman.

Schram has the requisite size – 6-foot-4, 312 pounds – and came out of the offensive line factory that is the University of Calgary as an All-Canadian calibre player in USports. Personnel men falt Schram was a versatile piece up front when he left the Dinos.

The Riders have Canadian offensive linemen Brendon LaBatte, Dan Clark, Dariusz Bladek on the active roster, Josiah St. John on the six-game injured list and Chad Teskey on the practice roster.

Adding Schram is a smart move for the Riders as the team needs to improve it’s national depth along the offensive line.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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26 Comments on Riders sign former Ticats Canadian OL Braden Schram

  1. Maybe he can replace Carter on defense

  2. BC Bomber // July 2, 2018 at 1:33 pm //

    Will Jones try to convert him to his already overmanned D line so he can keep his D lineman backup on O? TSN also reported the Riders signed a former NFL DB with a history of injuries and legal issues (how could Jones pass that??). Since CJ has his pet DC on D, maybe he’ll bench Roosevelt and play him at receiver.
    Chris Jones has become the most entertaining reality show out there!! Wonder when the Rider’s board will vote him off the island?

    • I think Jones is safe for the balance of the season unless he loses the locker room and starts abusing players and I don’t see that happening.
      Jones and his arrogance have sure f’ed up the roster this year. It will be an interesting end of the season to see whether we stick with Jones in 2019 or cut him loose and pay severance before the new salary rules come into affect. Lots can happen before the end of the year. Almost guarantee that Jones won’t be extended at the end of this year. Jones needs to make some tough choices with his coaching staff but he refuses because they are all his rural Alabama/Tennessee buddies.

  3. Desperate times, desperate measures. If this guy was any good the cats would have found a way to keep him and possibly trade him or he would have been picked up immediately after release. Just another name filling a jersey

  4. Interesting timing with the Ticats scheduled to visit the Riders this week and host them again two weeks later! Does Jones (as in Chris) think he can get some inside information on JJ’s offense from a player who couldn’t stay on the roster? LOL!

    • lol
      Good point!
      That could very well be part of it. Imagine how bad they’d be without all this ” outside influence”

    • No, our OL was decimated during the pre-season and we need some more bodies. This guy was very highly rated last year. Dunk had him going 5th overall in his mock draft, so he’s definitely worth a look. Any insight on what happened to him in Hamilton?

      • I think it was a numbers game, though other posters have said he wasn’t in shape for camp and hadn’t shown growth.

        Sometimes a new environment is a good spark. Perhaps he’ll stick.

        • Here’s hoping. He’s a small town western boy so maybe he’ll be more comfortable in Regina.

  5. This rider team is starting to resemble the Calgary Stampeders of 2004. Michael Feterik was owner and a fella named Matt Dunigan was HC/GM/OC
    It was a gong show and the team was just a mess because he was in wayyyyy over his head. Of course the 5-13 record might be better !

  6. MR. Green // July 2, 2018 at 2:38 pm //

    Someone was gonna give this kid a look. Hamilton had 9 Canadian O lineman. maybe they couldn’t trade him so they released him. To low on the depth chart but he made the team out of camp. There’s a reason he wasn’t cut last month. Some guys need time. Hopefully this works out.

  7. Sliders r done Mickey mouse organization coach looks like Mickey mouse told slider fans Collaros was done hangs on to ball too long gets sacked 4 or 5 times a game passes knocked down fumbles and throws a pick 6 every game and gets is very injury prone they should fire Mickey mouse Jones hire someone who knows what he is doing sliders will be lucky to win 3 games hell can’t even beat Montreal they have cats back to back they might score 15 points combined in 2 games long season for Mickey mouse Sask

    • Glad your team has come around this year, but you don’t have to be such a pompous prick.

    • True Green // July 4, 2018 at 12:51 am //

      You should try writing in sentences. Including punctuation.

      And I agree with Yup, you don’t need to be such a Dick. Your team was a shambles last year and have managed to turn it around. I for one am happy the Cats have done that. It’s good to see healthy teams in our league. I hope the Als and Lions can too. I’m glad Winnipeg has a solid backup. And I hope my Riders do whatever they need to turn the season around.

      Try being a cfl fan, it’s pretty fun. Haters suck.

  8. Ah yup can’t take the true facts bad signing of Collaros Carter should b on offense Messam should b starting Cats r the surprise team of 2018

    • Have never boarded the Collaros train, and certainly question Jones decisions, or lack of. Yes Carter needs to play O, and I doubt Messam would have had any more success with the play of our line Saturday.

      As for your Cats, I’ve enjoyed watching the turn around and knew they would show this year while the nay sayers crapped on your team. Matter of fact in the off season I said they would be a contender.

      Point being – not long ago your team sh*t the bed regularly. There’s a lot of football to be played and lots can happen.

      • Storm clouds move into McMahon // July 2, 2018 at 9:43 pm //

        Ah, you do realize that the way this site is set up; you’re probably responding to Mr. Many Handles. I would hope that my fellow Ti-Cat fans have more class than this guy.

  9. Teskey is a Regina Thunder junior practicing with with the Riders so provides depth in practice and is not available for games.

  10. Fire John Murphy.
    Collecting other teams cuts never wins Grey Cups.

  11. greenrider89 // July 3, 2018 at 12:52 am //

    Kudos, Jones made a “smart” move.

  12. Perfect time for the Riders to sign an ex Ticat with back to back games. Chris Jones is going to try getting every bit of information Schram knows about the Ticats playbook.

    I’d be shocked if this signing turns into anything. Schram was passed on the depth chart by two players converted from defensive linemen to OL and another OL they took in the seventh round of the same draft.

  13. Everyone knows that, never in the history of football, a player who has been cut by one team goes on to a successful career with another team. I D I O T S !

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