Riders add pair, refresh ranks after Achilles incident

The Saskatchewan Roughriders made a pair of signing Thursday, helping replenish a roster depleted by the catastrophic loss of four players to Achilles tears in the same work out.

Canadian running back David Savard joins the team as a direct replacement to injured rookie Jonathan Femi-Cole, while American wide receiver Jordan Suell adds to the existing competition at that position.

Savard joins the Riders after spending five collegiate seasons at the University of Sherbrooke. The six-foot-one, 215-pound back was an integral part of the Vert & Or’s special teams unit and took a leadership role that saw him named a team captain. In 2018, he played in the East-West Bowl and also earned an invite to the 2019 CFL Eastern Regional Combine. 

Suell joins the Roughriders after most recently playing in the Spring League. In 2020, he helped the Generals win the Championship scoring one touchdown and earning 100 yards on four receptions in the final game. The Washington native spent five collegiate seasons at the University of Southern Oregon where he made 112 receptions for 2,184 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Standing at an impressive six-foot-six and 205 pounds, Suell had an impressive filmed pro day where he clocked a 40-yard dash in 4.49 and 4.52 seconds. He worked out for the New England Patriots this past January. 

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