Edmonton Elks sign six players, including former Los Angeles Chargers DL Emeke Egbule

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The Edmonton Elks have bolstered their practicing roster by signing six Americans, including defensive lineman Emeke Egbule, receivers Malik Flowers and Randy Satterfield, defensive backs Ja’Von Hicks and Josh Nurse, and offensive lineman B.J. Wilson.

Egbule spent three seasons in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Chargers from 2019-2021 after being selected in the sixth round, 200th overall, in the 2019 NFL Draft. In 32 games with the Chargers, the 26-year-old registered 13 total tackles.

The six-foot-two, 245-pounder played for seasons at the University of Houston where he totalled 164 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. The Topeka, Kansas native spent the 2022 NFL season on the practice roster of the Pittsburgh Steelers and was selected by the St. Louis Battlehawks in the 2023 XFL Draft.

The six-foot-two, 202-pound Flowers spent five years (2018-2022) at the University of Montana, earning second-team FCS All-American honours as a returner three times and tied the NCAA Division I record with seven career kick return touchdowns. The Fontana, California native had stints in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks earlier this year.

Hicks played five seasons at the University of Cincinnati and was named All-AAC second-team in 2022. In 60 games with the Bearcats, the six-foot-two, 210-pound native of Cincinnati, Ohio registered 107 defensive tackles, 10 interceptions and 21 pass knockdowns.

Nurse returns to the CFL after spending training camp with the Riders in 2022 and the Calgary Stampeders in 2021. The 27-year-old spent three seasons at the University of Utah (2017-2019) before playing two regular season games with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020. The six-foot-three, 198-pounder recently spent time with the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions and Memphis Showboats.

Satterfield played a single collegiate season, suiting up with the Lyon College Scots in 2019. He led the Sooner Athletic Conference in both receiving yards with 867 and touchdown receptions with 11. He also surpassed 100 receiving yards in four games, had four multi-touchdown games and set the program record for single-season receptions, points, yards, and career touchdowns.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound pass catcher also made his mark on special teams. The Orange, New Jersey native ranked in the top 10 in the NAIA in all-purpose yards as well as all-purpose yards per game, and was named the SAC newcomer and Athlete of the Year in 2019 to go along with NAIA All-American honourable mention and first-team All-SAC at receiver and kick and punt returner.

Wilson received All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honours three times during his time at Quincy University, including first-team honours in 2021 and 2022. The 24-year-old is also the first player in school history to sign an NFL contract.