Former Riders’ LB Sam Eguavoen makes impact against New York Jets

Photo courtesy: Miami Dolphins

CFL fans actually had a reason to watch the sad-sack New York Jets take on the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon.

Photo courtesy: Miami Dolphins

In the first half of this — ahem — game, Dolphins’ linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel left after suffering a concussion. That meant former Riders’ linebacker Sam Eguavoen got a lot more snaps on defence.

Eguavoen finished the game with two total tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass knockdown as Miami shutout the Jets 24-0. It was the first shutout in the NFL this season, not so surprising that it involved the Jets who fall to 0-6 in the season. The fins improved to 3-3 and are back in the hunt in the AFC East.

Eguavoen now has three tackles and two tackle assists this season.

Last year, the Texas Tech University product appeared in 16 games for Miami and registered 20 tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one knockdown.

Eguavoen signed a two-year deal with the Dolphins in 2019 after spending three seasons in Saskatchewan. Over that time, Eguavoen picked up 159 tackles, 14 on special teams, four sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and two touchdowns in 38 games.

The Dolphins are on a bye next week ahead of taking on the Los Angeles Chargers on November 1. Miami should consider starting Eguavoen moving forward. While the Jets should be looking for a new head coach and will likely lose to the Buffalo Bills next week.

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic. He is also a beer aficionado.