Riders add NFL QB Trevone Boykin to neg list

Saskatchewan’s front office has added a potential quarterback of the future to the Riders neg list, Trevone Boykin, per sources.

The 24-year-old signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent after the 2016 NFL draft. He earned the backup job to Russell Wilson, seeing action in five games completing 13 of 18 balls (72.2 per cent) for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception last season.

However, Boykin was waived by Seattle on Saturday after being beaten out for the No. 2 spot behind Wilson and subsequently added to the Seahawks practice roster Sunday. He completed 30 of 50 throws (60 per cent) for 410 yards, two touchdowns but four interceptions in four pre-season games. Austin Davis, a five-year NFL veteran, earned the backup role after hitting on 24 of 35 (68.6 per cent) attempts for 316 yards and two touchdowns – most importantly the former Rams, Browns and Broncos pivot didn’t turn the ball over in the exhibition slate.

Saskatchewan currently has 38-year-old Kevin Glenn as their starting quarterback to go along with young Brandon Bridge (25), Vernon Adams (24) and Marquise Williams (24) on the roster. The Riders put Boykin, the six-foot, 213-pounder, on their exclusive negotiation list August 20.

Boykin played collegiately at Texas Christian University from 2012-2015. He completed 830 of 1,356 passes (61.2 per cent) for 10,728 yards 86 touchdowns and 37 interceptions while carrying the ball 507 times for 2,049 yards and 27 touchdowns. Boykin played receiver for the Horned Frogs too, most of that came in his second year when he split time at quarterback, recording 28 receptions for 257 yards and one touchdown. He was the 2014 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year when he threw for a career-high 3,901 yards, 33 touchdowns and rushed for 707 yards and eight more scores in 13 games.

The Mesquite, Texas is a dual-threat quarterback who could fit the Canadian style of football.