Nunn too pleased: Bombers sign explosive Buffalo receiver Antonio Nunn, one other

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed a pair of American players in receiver Antonio Nunn and defensive back Donald Rutledge, Jr.

The five-foot-11, 204-pound Nunn joins the Bombers after an NCAA career with the University of Buffalo, where he led the team with 37 receptions for 584 yards and two touchdowns in seven games during his pandemic-shortened senior season.

Those statistics earned him a spot on the All-Mid-American Conference second team in 2020. He appeared in 45 games with the Bulls from 2017-2020, starting all 19 in his junior and senior seasons.

Nunn was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted NFL free agent, he attended training camp in 2021 but was among the final cuts last August.

Rutledge, Jr. comes to the Blue Bombers after attending training camps with both the Indianapolis Colts (2020) and Arizona Cardinals (2021).

The six-foot-one, 210-pound defender began his collegiate career at The Citadel, spending his 2015-2016 season as a redshirt freshman before transferring to Savannah State, where he spent the next three years playing safety. He spent his senior season at Georgia Southern after transferring, and started nine games, registering 50 tackles, five pass break-ups and an interception.

Rutledge then signed with the Colts as an undrafted NFL free agent in 2020 and spent the entire training camp with the team before his release. Rutledge, Jr. signed with the Cardinals in January of 2021 and attended camp last year before being released.