Redblacks sign recent Riders’ camp cut, Clemson standout Charone Peake

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed American receiver Charone Peake, who was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ final training camp cuts.

The five-foot-ten, 205-pound target joined the Riders in January 2021 after four years in the NFL, almost exclusively with the New York Jets. The Jets selected Peake in the seventh round, 241st overall during the 2016 NFL Draft.

He went on to play 31 games and made 22 receptions for 214 yards and 9.7 yard average. The 28-year-old spent the early part of 2020 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Peake played five seasons at Clemson prior to the arrival of star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, appearing in 51 games and making 99 receptions for 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns. He would later hit the field as part of Lawrence’s pro day ahead of him becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The South Carolina native had a particularly strong senior year where he overcame injury to be named co-captain and become the Tigers second-leading receiver with 50 catches for 716 yards and five touchdowns. Peake was rewarded for his comeback with an invite to the 2016 Senior Bowl.

Ottawa also added American receiver Davon Grayson and Canadian offensive lineman Jaylan Guthrie to the practice roster while releasing American receiver Jerminic Smith and American defensive back Brandin Dandridge.