Canadian receiver Terrell Jana believes he can thrive with the Riders

Newest Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Terrell Jana wants to contribute immediately for the green and white.

Riders general manager Jeremy O’Day selected Jana in the second round, 17th overall during the 2021 CFL Draft.

“Speaking with the coaching staff, I know they want to see me in the slot — I can play outside or inside,” Jana said on 620 CKRM’s The SportsCage.

“I definitely think in the middle in the slot is where my game thrives, and that’s where I’m best. Hopefully if I get the opportunities I’ll try and shine with them. Rider Nation will get everything out of me.”

Jana had a productive NCAA career making 122 receptions for 1,473 yards — 12.1 yards per catch — and five touchdowns in 33 games with the University of Virginia. His best season came in 2019 when he finished with 878 receiving yards in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“Playing in a Power Five conference I’m seeing elite players every single week. We played Clemson and Trevor Lawrence. A lot of the defensive backs that were drafted into the NFL from the ACC I played against those guys,” Jana said.

“Playing elite players is something I’m used to now, which when I got to Virginia was definitely not the case. I built confidence, showcased my abilities, and learned from guys who are playing in the NFL or CFL right now.”

Jana measures in at five-foot-eleven and 195 pounds. The Vancouver, B.C. native was hoping to catch on with an NFL team, but after no franchises came calling for an undrafted free agent contract, his three-down league stock improved. He had great conversations with the Riders prior to the CFL Draft.

“Growing up in B.C. I heard nothing but great things about Saskatchewan, the fanbase, the culture, the stadium, and the history. I am super excited to join the team and fanbase,” Jana said.

“That’s the one thing that stood out to me for awhile was just how passionate the fans were. It’s remarkable so I’m excited to play in front of that fanbase.”

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