Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel has received requests from NFL teams to workout three players from the 2017 roster: Roy Finch, DaVaris Daniels and Shaquille Richardson.
Finch had a stellar season leading the CFL in punt return yards (1,200) and yards per return (16.4 among players with a minimum of five tries) and his 103-yard effort for a touchdown in Week 7 against Toronto was the longest punt return so far this season. Those totals earned Finch the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award.
He’s a dynamic weapon on offence too, producing 114 rush yards on 21 carries and recording 18 receptions for 133 yards, including 79 yards after the catch. Finch is just 26 years old, prime age range for NFL teams.
Daniels, the 2016 Most Outstanding Rookie, was slowed by injury in 2017 but he’s drawn NFL interest nonetheless. He burst onto the scene a year ago showing deep threat ability and that flashed in his first full season with Calgary. Over 13 games in 2017, Daniels made 47 receptions for 743 yards and four touchdowns. Most importantly he finished the campaign healthy. Dad (Phillip) played 15 seasons in the NFL, so Daniels has the bloodlines plus he’s only approaching his 25th birthday in December.
Richardson really asserted himself on Calgary’s No. 1 ranked defence during his second year. He took the starting strong-side linebacker spot from Joe Burnett and produced 48 tackles four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), one sack and one forced fumble. At six-feet, 191 pounds Richardson could be looked at as a rangy cover man and he’s only 25.
NFL teams can begin working out CFL players on December 1.
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