The Ticats signed a pair of receivers on Tuesday, including one who is likely looking to challenge for the kick returner job.
Jalen Saunders appeared in nine NFL games in 2014 with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints registering 15 punt returns for 125 yards (8.3 average) and three kickoff returns for 139 yards (46.3 average). He also had one reception for eight yards.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and was selected by the Jets in the fourth round, 104th overall, in the 2014 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears during his three-year NFL career.
While on the Bears practice squad in December of 2015, the 24-year-old Saunders was suspended 10-games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He’s been on the Ticats neg list since late last year.
The second receiver is 6-foot-2, 211 pound Gavin Lutman who spent four weeks on the Tiger-Cats practice roster late last season. He spent time with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans during the 2015 season but did not play. Prior to turning pro, Lutman played 45 games, starting 32 times, at Pittsburg State University (2010-14), where he hauled in 130 receptions for 2,068 yards and 18 touchdowns.