Riders’ practice squad running back B.J. Emmons works out for Green Bay Packers

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Former Saskatchewan Roughriders’ running back B.J. Emmons worked out for the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday.

Emmons was signed by Saskatchewan on October 2 and spent the final month of the season on the team’s practice roster without seeing game action. He automatically became a free agent following the Riders’ final game and was not re-signed.

A four-star prospect from North Carolina, Emmons began his career at the University of Alabama. In six games as a freshman in 2016, he carried the ball 35 times for 173 yards and one touchdown, contributing to a backfield rotation that included future NFL ball carriers Damien Harris, Bo Scarborough and Josh Jacobs.

After spending a season at Hutchinson Community College and sitting out the 2018 campaign, Emmons transferred to Florida Atlantic for his final two collegiate seasons. Battling injuries, he played nine games over that span and carried the ball 88 times for 353 yards and seven touchdowns.

The six-foot, 220-pound back went unselected in the 2021 NFL Draft but was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. He was released prior to training camp and picked up by the Las Vegas Raiders, notching 24 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown in three preseason games, but did not make the roster.

The 25-year-old had brief stints on Seahawks’ and Jaguars’ practice rosters that season before landing in the USFL with the Tampa Bay Bandits. He rushed 97 times for 246 yards and a score as the team’s secondary back, earning a contract with the Houston Texans. Emmons was released just five days later, leading to him signing in the CFL.