Saskatchewan Roughriders bring back running back B.J. Emmons

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have brought back American running back B.J. Emmons, the club announced on Tuesday.

The six-foot, 220-pound ball carrier initially signed with the team late this past season and spent several weeks on the practice roster. He did not dress for a regular season game.

The 25-year-old signed with the Seattle Seahawks after going unselected in the 2021 NFL Draft. He signed with the Las Vegas Raiders that same year following his release from Seattle and went to training camp with the team. He had stints on practice rosters in Seattle and Jacksonville during the season and a brief stint with the Houston Texans.

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 in 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.