Edmonton Elks add kickers Matt Mengel, Ryan Meskell to practice roster

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The Edmonton Elks have signed American kicker Matt Mengel and Global kicker Ryan Meskell to the practice roster.

Mengel joins the club after spending training camp and playing in two preseason games with the Montreal Alouettes. In the preseason, the six-foot-two native of the Harbor City, Calif., converted on two-of-three field goals, had 247 yards on six punt attempts and kicked off three times for 175 yards.

Earlier this year, Mengel spent time with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL and played his collegiate ball with the UCLA Bruins (2014-2015), where he maintained a 40.1-yard average on punts, forcing opponents to start their offensive drives inside their 20-yard line 35 times on 113 punts.

Meskell signed with the Elks on May 5 and was later added to the suspended list on May 11. The Australian joins the club after spending three seasons at the University of Hawaii where he converted on 26-of-39 field goal attempts throughout his college career and was named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List in 2019.

The club also confirmed the signing of American defensive back Treston Decoud.

The 28-year-old started 13 games for the Argos in 2021 primarily at field-side cornerback. He recorded 26 total tackles in his lone CFL season following stints with the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, and the XFL.

Decoud played two seasons (2015-2016) at Oregon State, dressing for 22 games and registering 108 total tackles, two interceptions, one sack and 17 pass deflections.

The Elks open the regular season with a road game against the B.C. Lions on June 11 at 8 p.m. MDT. Edmonton’s home-opener is lated for June 18 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium.