Calgary Stampeders sign physically imposing Canadian receiver Rysen John following NFL stint

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed six-foot-seven, 220-pound Canadian receiver Rysen John.

He was selected in the third round, 21st overall during the 2020 CFL Draft. The Surrey, B.C. native has been in the National Football League since completing his university career at Simon Fraser. John signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent and spent time on the team’s practice squad during the 2020 season.

During the 2021 pre-season, John had six catches for 72 yards with the Giants but he was placed on the injured list on Aug. 24. He earned $504,000 USD while with the G-men. In 2022, he attended training camp with the Chicago Bears.

At Simon Fraser, the 25-year-old John played 34 games over four seasons and made 132 catches for 1,928 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was named SFU’s Most Valuable Player and offensive player of the year in 2019 after he led the NCAA Division II’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference in receptions (53), receiving yards (861) and touchdowns (10).