New England Patriots waive Canadian and former Blue Bombers’ offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais

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The New England Patriots are waiving Canadian offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais, according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.

The 24-year-old was a first-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft out of the University of Windsor. He established himself as a starter at guard for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers by the midway point of his rookie season and continued to start in 2021, earning West Division all-star honours.

The native of Belle River, Ont. helped Winnipeg’s offensive line allow a league-low 16 sacks and produce a league-high 14 rushing touchdowns last season en route to winning a second consecutive Grey Cup.

Desjarlais worked out for the Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Chargers, and San Francisco 49ers before signing with New England in January 2022.

The six-foot-two, 314-pound blocker performed well at the 2019 CFL Combine, recording a 5.19-second 40-yard dash, 4.57-second shuttle, 7.75-second three-cone, 30-inch vertical, nine-foot, one-inch broad jump, and 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

He attended rookie mini-camps with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants that year and visited the New York Jets before ultimately signing with Winnipeg.

NFL teams are required to trim their active rosters to 53 players by 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 30.