Saskatchewan Roughriders sign Canadian OL Philip Blake

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Canadian offensive lineman Philip Blake, per sources.

The seven-year veteran moved from left guard to left tackle for the Toronto Argonauts this past season after injuries started piling up along the offensive line. Despite being an interior blocker for most of his career, he held his own and started in the East Final and 109th Grey Cup. Toronto allowed 43 sacks on the year, ranking sixth league-wide.

The six-foot-two, 311-pounder was selected in the third round of the 2011 CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes but chose to return to Baylor University for his senior season.

The following year, Blake was picked in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and spent one season with the team. After a stint with the Arizona Cardinals, he sign his first CFL contract and played 57 games for the Alouettes from 2015 to 2018.

The Toronto native was traded to the Riders in October 2018 and dressed for 11 games with the team over two seasons on the prairies. The 37-year-old has played 96 career games in Canada.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.