Bombers sign former NFL receiver Travis Rudolph

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed former NFL receiver Travis Rudolph.

The 24-year-old West Palm Beach, Florida native went unselected in the 2017 NFL draft, but Rudolph signed an undrafted free agent contract with the New York Giants. He made eight catches for 101 yards in his rookie season in the Big Apple.

Rudolph was released by the G-men following training camp in 2018. The Miami Dolphins added him to the practice roster in October, but during his first practice with the fish he tore his ACL. He is healthy and ready to resume his football career.

Football runs in the family for Rudolph. His cousin is Devin Hester who holds the NFL record for total return touchdowns (20) in a career. Rudolph is a pure receiver who was highly productive while at Florida State University.

During three seasons with the Seminoles, Rudolph caught 153 passes for 2,311 yards and 18 touchdowns. Rudolph’s best season at FSU came in 2015 when he hauled in 59 balls for 916 yards and seven touchdowns — leading the Noles in all three major receiving categories.

During the 2015 Peach Bowl, Rudolph went off for 201 yards on seven catches. That broke the school record for most receiving yards in a bowl game. It had been held by Javon Walker who put up 195 yards in the 2002 Gator Bowl. Rudolph left his mark at FSU.

The six-foot-one, 186-pound Rudolph is a smooth route runner with 4.52 40-yard speed and could provide playmaking ability for the Bombers offence if he is able to get acclimated to the CFL style of football.