Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Kameron Kelly signs with Ticats

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed former NFL defensive back Kameron Kelly.

The 24-year-old Kelly played 14 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019, registering 19 total tackles, one interception and defended one pass.

The six-foot-two, 205-pound native of Round Rock, Texas was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 and later suited up for the San Diego Fleet of the defunct Alliance of American Football in 2019.

Kelly played 46 games over four seasons at San Diego State University (2014-2017) before turning pro, registering 165 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, 10 interceptions, 17 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He was named to the 2017 first-team All-Mountain West in his senior season.

The Ticats inked five more American defensive backs, including Marko Myers, Desmond Lawrence, Herb Waters, Anthoula Kelly and Daniel Brown.

The 26-year-old Myers most recently spent time with the Seattle Dragons in the XFL (2020) and New York Jets (2019) after attending training camp with the Calgary Stampeders in 2019. The five-foot-10, 182-pound native of Orlando, Florida was also signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad in 2018 before joining the AAF’s Orlando Apollos.

Prior to his pro career, Myers played 33 games over four seasons at Southeastern University (2014-2017), accumulating 91 tackles, nine interceptions and 25 passes defended, as well as 576 punt return yards and two touchdowns. During his career with the Fire, he was a three-time All-Sun Conference selection as a cornerback and a returner — twice on the first team and once on the second team.

The 26-year-old Lawrence spent time with the Detroit Lions (2017-2018) before stints with the AAF’s Atlanta Legends (2019) and DC Defenders in the XFL (2020).

The six-foot-one, 185-pound native of Charlotte, North Carolina played 47 games over four seasons at the University of North Carolina (2013-2016), posting 178 total tackles, six tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble and 27 total pass breakups which is fourth in UNC history.

The 28-year-old Waters spent three years in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers (2016-2018) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2018) before a stint with the Tampa Bay Vipers in the XFL in 2020. The six-foot-two, 194-pound native of Florida City, Florida converted to defensive back from wide receiver shortly after turning pro with the Packers in 2016.

He previously suited up in 47 games over four seasons at the University of Miami (2012-2015) as a receiver, hauling in 99 receptions for 1,534 yards and nine receiving touchdowns, while adding six carries for 68 yards and a rushing touchdown.

The 25-year-old Anthoula Kelly most recently played five games for the Tampa Bay Vipers in the XFL in 2020, collecting 23 combined tackles and eight passes defended. The five-foot-nine, 182-pound native of Galena Park, Texas appeared in 44 games over four seasons at Fresno State University (2015-2018). He posted 128 total tackles, three tackles for loss, five interceptions — two of which he returned for touchdowns — 27 passes defended and one forced fumble. Kelly was named a 2018 All-Mountain West first-team selection in his senior season with the Bulldogs.

The 22-year-old Brown played 41 games over four seasons at the University of Nevada, Reno (2016-2019), registering 115 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, one interception return touchdown and 18 passes defended. The five-foot-11, 180-pound native of Harbor City, California was a two-time All-Mountain West Honourable Mention (2018, 19) and the Wolf Pack’s team MVP in 2019.

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