Ticats add three, including Falcons draft pick Marcus Green

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed three players for the 2021 season, including American wide receiver/kick returner Marcus Green, American wide receiver Emmanuel Butler and national placekicker Gabriel Ferraro.

Green was selected by the Atlanta Falcons 203rd overall in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 and 2020.  At his pro day in 2019, Green ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash.

The five-foot-eight, 191-pound native of New Albany, Mississippi played 48 games over four years at the University of Louisiana Monroe, finishing with 202 receptions for 2,698 yards and 23 touchdowns, while adding 51 carries for 492 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.

Green also returned 70 kickoffs for 1,761 yards and four touchdowns, and returned 28 punts for 280 yards and a touchdown during his career with the Warhawks. He was named a first-team all-conference player in the Sun Belt in 2017 and 2018.

Butler spent time on the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad the last two NFL seasons after signing as an undrafted free agent in May 2019.

The six-foot-four, 220-pound native of Phoenix, Arizona played 45 games over parts of five seasons at Northern Arizona University, registering 187 receptions for 3,217 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns with the Lumberjacks. He earned All-Big Sky honours three times and left the program as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdown receptions.

Ferraro appeared in five CFL games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2019, converting seven of his nine field goal attempts and 11-of-12 extra point attempts. The five-foot-ten, 178-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario also spent time with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2020 and was originally selected by the Calgary Stampeders 59th overall in the seventh round of the 2018 CFL Draft.

Ferraro attended training camp with the Stampeders in 2018 before returning to University for his final year of eligibility. The University of Guelph product set the U Sports record for field goals made in a season with 33 in 2017, and tied for the most ever through a career after converting 91 of his 117 field goal attempts  from 2014 to 2018 with the Gryphons.

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