B.C. Lions sign former NFL draft pick Dezmon Patmon, one other

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The B.C. Lions have signed American receiver Dezmon Patmon and American running back Damarea Crockett.

Patmon was a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts and played 10 games over three seasons with the team, making four catches for 45 yards and one touchdown. He later had stints with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, and the UFL’s Michigan Panthers.

The six-foot-four, 225-pound native of San Diego, Calif. caught 156 passes for 1,976 yards and 13 touchdowns over 42 collegiate games at Washington State University. The 25-year-old ran a 4.48-second forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine along with a 36-inch vertical jump and 132-inch broad jump.

Crockett went unselected in the 2019 NFL Draft before embarking on a five-year NFL career with the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets. He dressed for 12 games with the Broncos in 2021, carrying the ball three times for seven yards.

The five-foot-ten, 225-pound ball-carrier ran for 2,178 yards and 19 touchdowns over 28 games at the University of Missouri, setting new program records for single-game and single-season rushing yards by a freshman. He also caught 21 passes for 137 yards.

The Lions will open their 2024 regular season on Sunday, June 9 when they visit the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field.