Montreal Alouettes sign two, including former NFL defender Natrez Patrick

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed American defensive lineman Natrez Patrick and American linebacker Bryce Notree, the club announced on Tuesday.

Patrick went unselected in the 2019 NFL Draft out of the University of Georgia before signing with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent. He played 25 games over two seasons with the team and recorded five total tackles and one tackle for loss before being waived by the team in January 2021.

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers by Denver Broncos, though he was placed on injured reserve as training camp got underway. Patrick signed with the Detroit Lions in May 2022 but was released partway through training camp with the club.

The six-foot-three, 243-pound defender played four seasons at Georgia where he recorded 160 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, and one knockdown over 40 career games with the Bulldogs.

Notree dressed for 46 games over five seasons (2017-21) at Southern Illinois and recorded 246 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, nine knockdowns, and one fumble recovery.

According to Draft Scout, the six-foot-three, 225-pound defender ran a 4.86-second forty-yard dash, 4.45-second shuttle, and 7.14-second three-cone drill at his pro day along with 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, a 34-inch vertical jump, and 116-inch broad jump.