Edmonton Elks re-sign Canadian DB Jordan Hoover, ink two Americans

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The Edmonton Elks have signed Canadian defensive back Jordan Hoover to a one-year contract extension.

The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. appeared in 13 of Edmonton’s 14 games in 2021, registering 46 defensive tackles, five special teams tackles, and one interception. Hoover’s highlight reel pick came Week 10 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Hoover was a fourth-round pick out of the University of Waterloo in the 2017 CFL Draft and has played all four of his CFL seasons in Edmonton. The former Ontario University Athletics all-star has 111 career defensive tackles, 23 special teams tackles, and three interceptions over 66 CFL regular season games.

Edmonton also announced the signing of American running back Trayone Gray and American offensive lineman Jahair Jones (OL).

Gray joins the Elks after a brief stint on the Toronto Argonauts roster in late 2020. Before that, the University of Miami product was in training camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2019, and was cut just prior to the start of the NFL’s regular season. Collegiately, Gray played four seasons for the Hurricanes, finishing his university career with 60 rushes and 294 yards.

Jones is a fellow Miami product after spending 2015-18 in South Florida. As a redshirt senior in 2018, the Brooklyn, New York product appeared in 12 games, earning five starts at left guard. He joins the Green and Gold after spending the 2021 season with the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League.