Canadian offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais joins New Orleans Saints’ practice roster

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Canadian offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais has signed onto the practice roster with the New Orleans Saints, according to Aaron Wilson.

The 25-year-old worked out for the Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Chargers, and San Francisco 49ers following the completion of the 2021 CFL season.

He signed with New England in January 2022 but was released at the conclusion of training camp. He joined the Saints’ practice roster at the start of September but was released five weeks later.

Desjarlais 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.

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.