Former Rugby Canada star Adam Zaruba, Riders neg lister waived by Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have released Canadian tight end Adam Zaruba.

The former Canadian rugby sensation, Zaruba signed a reserve/futures deal with the Eagles in January but has been released waived part way through training camp. The 24-year-old, six-foot-five and 265-pounder was playing tight end.

Zaruba worked out for Philadelphia in July 2017 and attended training camp in Philly. He was released among final cuts and his CFL rights are owned by Saskatchewan after the Riders added him to the neg list.

Zaruba played football in high school and was recruited by SFU but never took the field before turning his attention to rugby.


75 Comments on Former Rugby Canada star Adam Zaruba, Riders neg lister waived by Eagles

  1. Riding the Horse // August 6, 2018 at 2:43 pm //

    A guy that hasn’t played past high school, was a very very early (several days before their first preseason game) NFL cut. I can’t see how this will be anything but a smashing success in the long list of personnel that Chris Jones has proved us all wrong on!

  2. Puck Hog // August 6, 2018 at 2:52 pm //

    There you go, fretting about the Riders again. Can’t you hang out with a friend ……oh, wait…..can’t you clean your basement?

    • Riding the Horse // August 6, 2018 at 3:13 pm //

      Basement is spotless.
      I believe in the Jordan Peterson philosophy, make you bed and have a bedroom and home.

      • ** clean bedroom and home

        • Even though it’s your mom’s home. And her basement. I can almost hear Mrs. Horse shouting down the stairwell (I have a feeling her voice sounds like Howard’s mother on Big Bang): “Jerry, you clean the basement or I’ll Take away your Roughrider colouring book!”

  3. Sleptwithyourwife // August 6, 2018 at 2:53 pm //

    That horse you rode in on choked and died because of how thick that sarcasm was. But since that horse is dead, you may as well continue beating it.

  4. Pretty mouthy puckhog

  5. Hopefully he comes to Saskatchewan sooner rather than later.

  6. MR. Green // August 6, 2018 at 3:03 pm //

    Bring him in. He should be a special teams demon. Rugby players hit hard. If he does come in, will be interesting where Jones puts him. Offence or defence? He’s known to turn around players careers by switching them to the other side of the ball.

    • True Green // August 6, 2018 at 3:16 pm //

      Special teams would be a great place to try him out and see if he’s got enough talent from his past to play at the cfl level. Playing at the national rugby level potentially gives him a step up over many other cfl players in athleticism, conditioning and toughness. Obviously the biggest question is if he has enough football IQ to play in the cfl?

    • Because the CFL is full of former rugby players with little football experience!

    • No, Rugby players don’t hit as hard as football players.
      Maybe it’s because of the lack of pads.
      Rugby players have tried to switch to football but up to now no rugby players have made it in the NFL or CFL.

      • The way that rugby players “hit” or tackle has to be different because they don’t wear helmets or pads. In fact, there is a move for football players to tackle more like rugby players to reduce concussions. I am not sure that one hits or tackles “harder” than the other.

        The concussion issue is such an important one that I see football declining at the school and university level in Canada unless it can return to some of its rugby roots. A big topic.

        • Wayne Kenov // August 7, 2018 at 11:53 am //

          Biggest difference is that they don’t tackle with head across body, they keep their head on the same side. It’s a much more natural form for tackling. It’s much more consistent, but it is harder to deliver a huge hit this way, as you have to think when lining a guy up instead of just dropping your head and diving. Big hits happen in rugby, but are somewhat less frequent imo.

          The big problem is that most offensive skills aren’t translatable. Blocking, catching, reading holes, etc. are all learned skills that rugby players simply don’t have. I certainly wouldn’t want one in the box offensively. Maybe you could stick one at wideout provided he can catch, other than that, there isn’t really a place for a rugby player without a ton of work being needed. If he can kick decent as many rugby players can, then he’s probably a trade up on most kickers as they can actually tackle, but I don’t get that is the sense with him based on this story.

    • brian johnson // August 7, 2018 at 10:29 am //

      Well said. This guy should be look at hard
      Big, young, strong.

  7. Teams bring in basketball players and track stars.

    Why not a rugby player? At his size, with decent speed (4.49), and ability to lower his point of attack, use him on the one yard line in place of Messam, and Edmonton loses.

  8. Bestcflfan // August 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm //

    Did no-one notice the word “injured”?

  9. Scottsask // August 6, 2018 at 3:41 pm //

    Antonio Gates for starters. He had a pretty good career.

  10. Scottsask // August 6, 2018 at 3:42 pm //

    I’d love to see him come to Saskie. A big body on short yardage.

  11. Chris Jones has a CIS basketball player bumbling around on the field, so might as well bring in a Canadian rugby player too.

  12. Everyone forgets tevaughn campbell.

  13. And in related news, another player whose rights are held by the Riders is projected to not make the Jets, according to one NY sports writer.

    For those who may not know, I’m referring to Rider draft pick Dakoda Shepley.

    • Interesting

    • Riding the Horse // August 6, 2018 at 5:11 pm //

      1st off, this is 1 reporters opinion
      2nd, even if he misses out on the 53 man roster, there may still be a lucrative PR position offered to him.
      3rd, Even if he comes to the riders, he is young, inexperienced and would need time to come up to speed… other words, he’d be more of a next year or year after guy in terms of any significant contribution.
      Settle down.

      • MR. Green // August 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm //

        He was cut already. Now way is offered a PR spot. They have 4 preseason games to play and he is gone.
        Son, it is certain final cuts who are offered PR spots.

        • Riding the Horse // August 6, 2018 at 6:25 pm //

          These aren’t cuts….these are PROJECTIONS based on 1 man’s opinion from a inter quad preseason scrimmage
          As I say
          Settle down

          • Listen dipshit. We are Rider fans discussing a player who is our draft pick. If we discuss the potential of him playing/or not in the CFL, we are doing just that- having a discussion. If all you are here to do is CHIRP, kindly piss off and derail a conversation on another thread!!

      • You’re such a possessed annoying little man. Hamilton has a fresh kid starting on O Line and is doing quite well. Yet only because Sheply is a Rider draft pick you yammer out of every hole in your whiney little body.

        • That’s right..he’s a Dino BTW!!!!
          But that is often the exception. Keep in mind, past high school, Sheply has not played a Canadian game. Keep in mind too, he has had no training camp and would be coming in with everyone else in mid-season form.

      • dipstick! PR guys…even in the excited states do not have lucrative paydays

    • MR. Green // August 6, 2018 at 6:17 pm //

      Great reporting g RFD. Thanks for the link.
      After the Jets Green and White game Shepley looks to be a out of the top 10.
      Guess we will see what happens. Long preseason so I assume he will play 1 or 2 to save the starters.
      No guarantees. Maybe he still overtakes others and injuries happen. If he makes it, more power to Dakota.

    • Ridersrule // August 7, 2018 at 12:09 am //

      Wow sucks for him good news for the riders . Thanks for the update .

  14. Rick Cowan // August 6, 2018 at 4:58 pm //

    That would be great if Spehley came to the Rider’s where are you getting this information

  15. GreenInCalgary // August 6, 2018 at 6:22 pm //

    The Eagles thought it was worth giving him a look, but of course the mental midget (who doesn’t seem to be able to figure out what his name is) from Calgary doesn’t believe he is worth a look by the CFL and ridicules the Riders for doing so. I expect every team in the CFL would have a look at this guy if they could.

    • Ol horsebag wouldn’t know a football if it hit him in the head.

      • Puck Hog // August 7, 2018 at 1:02 am //

        I wonder if his head is shaped like a football? Maybe we should call him “Stu”, lol?

    • As I say, we should all have faith in Chris Jones. Everytime he brings in someone controversial, it ends up working out great for the riders. Look at the results, they are clearly unbeatable, they are running away with first place again,their depth is second to none.

      FYI, The Eagles may have brought in in to look, but he didn’t make it to the first preseason game. That’s not a good showing. Basically he was cut before cuts needed made!

      • GreenInCalgary // August 6, 2018 at 6:42 pm //

        Call your buddy Huff and see what he thinks of this guy – oh I forgot the Stamps also think you are moron and want nothing to do with you.

        • Do they?
          They sure don’t mind taking $2,000.00 from be every year!
          I’m pretty sure Huff has no idea who I am. I’d be shocked if had an opinion of me one way or another.

          • GreenInCalgary // August 6, 2018 at 7:07 pm //

            What I shock, from some of your messages and your frequent use of “we” or “us” when referring to the Stamps one would have thought you were an integral part of the Stamps organization rather than someone who has been reportedly blacklisted from Stamp fan chat sites.

          • Huff can probably smell you and wonders who the hell the guy is that keeps waving at him in the box

          • Ridersrule // August 7, 2018 at 12:17 am //

            You should talk to huff often times teams will take certain unfortunate people hang out with the team. Kinda like a mascot they can tousle your hair for good luck before they take to the field . That way you won’t have to scrounge for bottles and cans to get your season ticket.
            I’m curious do the stamps have a special seat to keep you away from the rest of the fans

          • Puck Hog // August 7, 2018 at 1:05 am //

            RidersRule, lmao! “Certain unfortunate people”! Tousle his hair for luck, that’s gold!

          • Puck Hog // August 7, 2018 at 1:07 am //

            You’re probalbly right, Red, they don’t mind taking your money. If you ever go to a game.

      • True Green // August 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm //

        How is this guy controversial?

  16. Again…you wouldn’t know a football if it hit you in the head

  17. A good practice roster guy to see if he can REKINDLE his football skills. With his body type there has got to be somewhere he can play and as a National being another incentive for the Riders.

  18. So, 40 posts in this thread and 13 of them by the troll, about 33%.

  19. Just saying // August 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm //

    It’s funny everybody criticizing jones for picking him because the media other coaches say he will not be coming back. Now there’s a possibility he would come to the riders and now all of the sudden he sucks. Huffhider your a doink!

  20. Just saying // August 6, 2018 at 9:32 pm //

    Go visit your local stamps jail cell. I herd you mama has been making visits.

  21. StempedarSlime // August 6, 2018 at 11:59 pm //

    Zaruba must be a gem if the Eagles spent so much time, money and effort evaluating him. He may be destined for other NFL camps before contemplating coming north.

  22. I thought this would be at least one day without #metosignedthenieces, since it is a STAT after all. A day for him to celebrate what pinodewar told us about him a few topics back.

  23. Ridersrule // August 7, 2018 at 12:22 am //

    Anyone notice there was a story about the stamps and 3 people posted that was it 3 and they were all from red but different names .

  24. Slimeystamps // August 7, 2018 at 1:13 am //

    Mathew O’donnell had a NBA tryout before coming to the cfl. Athletic young men get looked at by other leagues and sports-nothing new slime fan.

  25. Colourmegreen // August 7, 2018 at 2:05 am //

    3 comments on a stumps article must be a new record. First western team to fold lol.

  26. If he can play for the Canadian rugby side, he is likely to have a good chance to play at least special teams in the CFL if he wanted to. As for position on O or D, tight end might or might not be the right fit in the Canadian game. One thing is for sure, Good rugby players are usually in great shape. Wish him well.

  27. riderontheisland // August 7, 2018 at 11:19 am //

    Will people stop replying to the trolls (formerly know as Red and D*ckhead 51 to name 2). These guys spoil all stories they can suck you into and personally I’ve stopped wasting time reading any posts when I see Red comment early because everything just turns into a banter against him. Everyone is right and he should be shot and p*ssed on, but this isn’t the place.

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