Alouettes sign Canadian receiver Rashaun Simonise, seven others

The Montreal Alouettes have signed national receiver Rashaun Simonise and seven other players. 

The six-foot-four, 200-pound Simonise will enter his third season in the CFL after spending time in Winnipeg and B.C. In his career, the Vancouver native and former University of Calgary Dino has made nine catches for 175 yards. 

Montreal also national fullback Alexandre Dupuis, American offensive lineman Chris Schleuger, and national offensive lineman Patrick Davis who was selected in the 2021 CFL Draft. 

The six-foot-three, 243-pound Dupuis started his CFL career with the Toronto Argonauts in 2014, after the being selected in the fourth round, 36th overall that spring. He then played with Edmonton from 2017 to 2019. In 75 games in the CFL, the 31-year-old former University of Montreal Carabin has caught 24 passes for 255 yards.

The six-foot-four, 305-pound Schleuger was impressive in his rookie season with the Alouettes as he started 13 games, as well as the East Semi-Final. The former University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazer was a member of an offensive line that limited opposing teams to 39 quarterback sacks in 2019. The 26-year-old also helped create the openings that allowed the team to finish in second place in the CFL with 2,236 rushing yards.

The six-foot-five, 312-pound Davis was selected in the fourth round, 28th overall in the last CFL Draft, after playing four seasons with the Syracuse University Orange. 

The Alouettes also signed American defensive backs Robert Nelson Jr. and Simeon Thomas, American running back Anthony Jones, as well as American offensive lineman Nick Callender.

The five-foot-10, 174-pound Nelson Jr. spent time in the NFL from 2014 to 2018 with stops in Cleveland, Arizona, Houston, New England, New York, Baltimore and New Orleans. In 20 games he registered 21 solo tackles and three assisted. He also made one interception, recovered one fumble and added two knockdowns.

The defensive back also played in the Alliance of American Football with Arizona, as well as the XFL with Houston and St. Louis. In his final year with the Arizona State University Sun Devils, the 31-year-old was elected on the first-team All-Pac 12.

The six-foot-three, 197-pound Thomas was drafted in the sixth round, 188th total) by the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old Miami, FL native was then a member of the Seattle Seahawks, before playing for Washington where he made eight tackles in 12 games. In the collegiate ranks, Thomas played for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns, having his best season in 2016, registering 40 tackles, on top of knocking down five passes and making two interceptions in 13 games.

The five-foot-11, 211-pound Jones completed his collegiate career with the Florida Atlantic University Cougars on a strong note, scoring nine rushing touchdowns in 2019, completing the season with 867 yards on 187 carries. He also caught ten passes for 123 yards and two receiving touchdowns. In four seasons with the Cougars, the 24-year-old Miami, FL native accumulated 2,010 yards and 21 touchdowns, adding 271 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He took part in Seattle Seahawks training camp in 2020.

The six-foot-six, 321-pound Callender played for the Houston Roughnecks in the XFL in 2020 after stops with the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks. The 27-year-old played for the Colorado State University Rams, where he helped the offence rank eighth in the country for sacks allowed and 12th for passing efficiency in his senior season.

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