Riders add former receiver Naaman Roosevelt to coaching staff: report

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders are bringing back fan-favourite receiver Naaman Roosevelt to serve as an offensive assistant on the team’s coaching staff, according to a report from Riders’ play-by-play man Michael Ball.

The 35-year-old played 67 CFL games over five seasons with Saskatchewan, making 301 receptions for 4,134 yards and 20 touchdowns. The 2017 West Division all-star twice crossed the thousand-yard mark while with the Riders before leaving in free agency for the Montreal Alouettes ahead of the cancelled 2020 season. He briefly joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2021 but did not see game action.

Prior to his time in the CFL, Roosevelt signed an undrafted free agent with his hometown Buffalo Bills in 2010. He spent two seasons with the team, playing 16 games and making 25 receptions for 396 yards and one touchdown. Following stints with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and second time with the Bills, Roosevelt made his way north of the border for the 2015 season.

The University at Buffalo graduate made 268 catches for 3,551 yards and 28 touchdowns through four years and 49 games with the Bulls. Roosevelt’s best season in Western New York came during his junior year in 2008 when he hauled in 104 passes for 1,402 yards and 13 touchdowns, helping win a MAC championship alongside former CFL quarterback Drew Willy.

Roosevelt served as a guest coach with the Riders in training camp this past season and will now join the staff of first-time CFL offensive coordinator Kelly Jeffrey in a more permanent capacity.