Edmonton Elks sign two, including former Toronto Argonaut Eli Mencer

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The Edmonton Elks signed American defensive lineman Eli Mencer and Canadian offensive lineman Elijah Rose-Watson, the team announced on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Mencer spent the 2021 and 2022 seasons with the Toronto Argonauts, appearing in six games each season. The six-foot-one, 229-pounder recorded 17 special teams tackles and one interception in 12 career games with the Argos.

The Altoona, Pennsylvania native played 45 games over four seasons of NCAA Division 1 football at the University of Albany, totalling 106 solo tackles, 21.5 sacks, two interceptions, 12 forced fumbles, and eight fumble recoveries for the Great Danes. As a senior defensive end in 2019, he was named Associate Press Second Team All-American and First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association.

The 28-year-old Rose-Watson played U Sports football for the University of Carleton. In 2017 the six-foot-two, 309-pounder recorded career highs with three solo tackles, two tackle assists, one forced fumble, and one pass breakup for the Ravens.