Riders sign former NFL receiver, Alabama-Birmingham standout Xavier Ubosi

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American wide receiver Xavier Ubosi.

The six-foot-three, 215-pound target was signed by the New England Patriots after going unselected in the 2019 NFL Draft. He went on to spend time with the York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though he never dressed for a regular season NFL game.

Ubosi signed with Saskatchewan in December of 2019, though he was unable to attend training camp with the team in 2021.

The 28-year-old was a standout for the University of Alabama-Birmingham, playing 26 games over two seasons with the Blazers (2017-18). He caught 48 career passes for 1,065 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging an impressive 22.2 yards per catch.

As a senior, he led UAB to the Boca Raton Bowl, where he was named the MVP after making seven receptions for 227 yard and three touchdowns. Prior to attending UAB, Ubosi attended Pierce College and made 31 receptions for 658 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns.