Details and insight on the Riders roster moves

The Saskatchewan Roughriders re-signed Canadian defensive lineman Ivan Brown and added international defensive lineman Derrick Lott on Wednesday while releasing American defensive back Fred Bennett and Canadian defensive lineman Levi Steinhauer.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Brown signed with the Riders last August making six special teams tackles, four defensive tackles and a quarterback sack in 13 regular season games.  With previous stops in Montreal, Hamilton, Toronto and Winnipeg, Brown has 30 defensive tackles and 28 special teams tackles in 70 regular season games through seven CFL seasons. He’s from Regina, which is always popular with the locals.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Lott attended training camp with the Oakland Raiders, playing three preseasons games and has spent time with both Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. He “played” six seasons of college ball first at Georgia, then the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with two redshirt years.

Lott attended the NFL Combine on 2015 and here’s what their scouts had to say:

Georgia transfer who is technically savvy. Has a good feel and instincts for where linemen are headed and where blocks are coming from. Excels with his hands. Gets into opponents quickly with a strong jolt and plays with necessary power and technique to unhinge and discard blockers. Finishes as a tackler and has an adequate tackle radius. Well-schooled pass rusher bringing several moves and counters to the party.

Played in just five games over his first two seasons at Georgia and was unable to push for playing time. Was a 2009 redshirt and was 23 and 24 years old when dominating against younger, less-talented players at UT-Chattanooga. Comes off the snap a little upright and must remember to maintain bend. Skilled pass rusher who understands the position and was simply too athletic and too talented for most of the competition he faced while at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

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As for the releases, Bennett was acquired in a August trade with the Stamps, along with Canadian safety Jeff Hecht, in exchange for two neg list players and started eight games at the tail end of last season. But Bennet, who won a Grey Cup and was a 2014 CFL all-star with Calgary, is 33 and nearing the end of the road. He’s played five CFL seasons.

Steinhauer, who has battled injuries for much of his career, played in just three games in 2016 and has appeared in 30 in his four CFL seasons. The Riders converted him to fullback during training camp last season.

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