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QB B.J. Daniels let go by Riders

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have given quarterback B.J. Daniels his walking papers, per sources.

Daniels went 9-of-20 for 133 yards and carried the ball two times for 13 yards in the Riders’ first pre-season game but went 0-for-3 and was intercepted twice in the team’s exhibition finale. He had signed in Saskatchewan just before training camp started on May 17.

That leaves Zach Collaros, Brandon Bridge and David Watford on Saskatchewan’s roster at the quarterback position.

The 28-year-old had been on the Rider’s negotiation list twice: he was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in exchange for quarterback Jake Waters in July 2016 and was re-acquired in the deal that sent Canadian safety Shane Hebert to the Ticats the following September. Daniels, who stands 5-foot-11 and 217 pounds, was among the 10 players on the Riders neg list when the CFL released the names in February.

Daniels played in the Your Call Football League where Mike Sherman coached and the Montreal Alouettes bench boss loved Daniels according to sources.

After being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round in 2013, Daniels spent time with five other NFL teams, most recently the Atlanta Falcons who released him last August. He’s played in two career games and won a Super Bowl as a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 and has also spent some time as a wide receiver and running back in the NFL. He’s an athletic guy who runs well.

As a quarterback at the University of South Florida, Daniels amassed 8,433 passing yards and threw 52 touchdowns while also rushing for 2,068 yards and 25 TDs. Daniels finished his career as USF’s career leader in passing and rushing yards and second all-time in the Big East.

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