Former Riders’ LB Derrick Moncrief patiently waiting for legitimate NFL opportunity

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Former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Derrick Moncrief is waiting patiently for a legitimate NFL opportunity.

He signed with the Las Vegas Raiders in January, however, general manager Mike Mayock waived him in May after adding reinforcements at linebacker in free agency and the NFL draft. Even though the Raiders let Moncrief go free, there are other NFL teams interested in his services.

He worked out for the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers during his NFL team tour in December. NFL teams have been in touch with Moncrief and his representatives expressing the potential for workouts when COVID-19 guidelines allow.

The 26-tear-old played three seasons for the Riders. In 2019, Moncrief played 17 games making 69 tackles, four on special teams, four sacks, three interceptions and one forced fumble. He was named a CFL all-star for his outstanding play at the strong-side linebacker position. 

By playing the “SAM” spot in the Canadian game, Moncrief displayed his dynamic abilities as a defender. He can be stout against the run, blitz off the edge, drop back in zone versus the pass and even lock on offensive players in man coverage. In the new era of NFL football with footballs being thrown all over, Moncrief fits the style of player who can thrive on defence.

After two seasons at Oklahoma State University, Moncrief went overlooked by the NFL in 2017, but he’s earned a chance to make an impact south of the border. Expect Moncrief to be patient in regards to signing another NFL contract.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.