Saskatchewan Roughriders hire former CFL QB Drew Tate as receivers coach

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have hired former CFL quarterback Drew Tate as their receivers coach, head coach Craig Dickenson confirmed on CKRM radio in Regina. The news was first reported by TSN.

The 38-year-old played 147 career games over nine seasons in the league as a member of the Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Redblacks, and Roughriders. He threw for 5,008 career yards, 35 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions along with 162 carries for 629 yards and 24 touchdowns and won two Grey Cups.

The native of Baytown, Texas started his coaching career as a defensive analyst for Coastal Carolina University in 2018 before serving as the quarterbacks coach of the B.C. Lions the following year. In 2020, he coached the running backs, receivers, and tight ends for the Alphas of The Spring League. He coached the quarterbacks at UT Martin in 2021 before coaching the tight ends at Northern Iowa this past year.

Tate threw for 8,292 yards, 61 touchdowns, and 34 interceptions over four seasons at Iowa before joining the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He signed his first CFL contract following his release from the team.

Travis Moore served as the receivers coach in Saskatchewan this past season but his contract was not renewed following a four-year stint with the team. He is now the receivers coach of the Ottawa Redblacks.