Island living: Riders extend SAM C.J. Reavis for two years

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American defensive back C.J. Reavis to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the club through 2025.  

The six-foot, 198-pound defender saw action in 17 games in 2023, making starts at both strongside linebacker and safety. He finished second on the team with 81 defensive plays, registering 59 defensive tackles, six special teams tackles, three sacks, one interception, one pass knockdown, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

The 28-year-old originally joined the Riders in 2022, making four special teams tackles in four games. He suffered a torn Achilles on October 29th, 2022, but recovered in time for his sophomore season.

Reavis began his college career at the University of Virginia before attending East Mississippi Community College, appearing on the popular Netflix documentary series Last Chance U. He later transferred to Marshal, where he recorded 132 tackles, one interception and five tackles for loss in 21 games. 

After going unselected in the 2018 NFL Draft, Reavis was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent and made his NFL debut that December, making one tackle. He was waived the following season and briefly landed with the Atlanta Falcons, before making his way to Saskatchewan.

The Riders open the 2024 campaign on Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET when they visit the Edmonton Elks.