Ticats re-up former Riders quarterback David Watford

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed American quarterback David Watford.

The Ticats originally signed Watford last July after Jeremiah Masoli suffered a season-ending ACL knee injury.

Watford appeared in 12 regular season games with the Ticats last season, completing 5-of-8 passes for 74 passing yards. He added 16 carries for 40 rushing yards and was tied for sixth in the CFL with a team-high six rushing touchdowns. The six-foot-two, 215-pound native of Hampton, Virginia also suited up in both of Hamilton’s playoff games, including the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary.

Watford has appeared in 30 career CFL games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2018) and Tiger-Cats (2019), recording 20 of his 40 passing attempts for 242 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, while adding 34 carries for 133 yards and six rushing touchdowns.

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-pounder during training camp in 2017.

Watford is an athletic quarterback who can continue to handle the short yardage duties for the Ticats.

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