Riders beef up offensive line with former NFL third-round pick Jeremiah Poutasi

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added some NFL pedigree to their ailing offensive line, signing American tackle Jeremiah Poutasi.

The six-foot-six, 330-pound blocker began his professional career with the Tennessee Titans, who selected him 66th overall in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Poutasi went on to play 11 games as a rookie, starting seven at right tackle, but was released following training camp the next year.

Poutasi later joined the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting one game and spending the majority of the year on the practice roster. He also had stints with the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, and most recently Oakland Raiders. Poutasi played for the Salt Lake Stallions of the defunct AAF in 2019.

The 28-year-old spent his formative years at the University of Utah, making 35 starts over three seasons. As a junior in 2014, Poutasi earned Second-Team All-Pac 12 honours after he only allowed three sacks in 846 snaps at left tackle. He subsequently declared early for the NFL draft.