Ottawa Redblacks sign former NFL receiver Justin Hardy, two others

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed former NFL receiver Justin Hardy.

The 30-year-old Hardy played in 73 games with the Atlanta Falcons during five years with the team from 2015 to 2019. The five-foot-10, 192-pound pass catcher recorded 95 receptions for 946 yards and nine touchdowns in the NFL.

He was selected in the fourth round, 107th overall during the 2015 NFL Draft and played in Super Bowl LI for the Falcons, which Atlanta lost to the New England Patriots. Over the course of his NFL career, Hardy earned over $3.8 million USD.

After walking on at East Carolina University, Hardy went on to play in 49 games for the Pirates. He finished his NCAA career with 387 receptions for 4,541 yards, averaging 11.7 yards per catch, with 35 touchdowns.

Ottawa has also signed American running back Byron Marshall and offensive lineman Kyle McCrorey.

The 27-year-old Marshall played 13 games in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles (2016) and Washington Football Team (2017-2018), registering 31 carries for 105 rushing yards, 13 receptions for 76 receiving yards and 12 kick returns for 239 yards. He also spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens in 2019.

The 24-year-old McCrorey started all 11 games of his 2018 senior collegiate season, helping lift his team’s running game to nearly 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns. While starting all but one game the year before, McCrorey helped an offensive line that allowed just 12 sacks all season.