Riders sever ties with QB David Watford

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released quarterback David Watford, per sources.

Watford signed with the Riders in October of 2017. He dressed for all 18 regular season games in 2018, playing in four completing 15-of-32 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions adding 18 carries for 93 yards.

The Hampton University product went unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, but signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as a receiver. Watford spent the 2016 season on the Eagles practice roster. However, Philly waived the six-foot-two, 212-pound athlete during training camp in 2017.

Former Riders head coach and general manager Chris Jones like Watford’s athleticism. But with Jeremy O’Day taking over as GM two of the players brought in since the change beat Watford out: Cody Fajardo and Isaac Harker.

Even during his time in the NCAA, Watford struggled accurately spotting the football with a 54.1 completion percentage between the University of Virginia and Hampton. That hasn’t changed in the pros and ultimately led to the Riders letting Watford go.