Edmonton Elks sign QB OB Jones, six others

Photo courtesy: Southern Arkansas Athletics

The Edmonton Elks have signed American quarterback OB Jones.

The six-foot-two, 220-pound native of native of Tatum, Texas threw for 3,963 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions over 40 collegiate games at Southern Arkansas University, a Division II program located in Magnolia, Ark. He also ran for 1,955 yards and 30 touchdowns along the ground and caught 21 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

The Elks are currently slated to bring eight quarterbacks to training camp: Jones, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Tre Ford, Jarret Doege, Malik Henry, Todd Centeio, Kaleb Eleby, and Woodrow Trey Lowe III.

Edmonton has also signed Canadian receiver Hunter Brown, American receiver Travis Rudolph, American offensive linemen Desmond Bessent and Lyndell Hudson II, Canadian offensive lineman Alex Hall, and American defensive back Kyle Cass.

Brown made 32 catches for 556 yards and six touchdowns over the past two seasons at Carleton University. The six-foot, 224-pound target attended the recent CFL Invitational Combine in Waterloo, Ont. and went unselected in the 2024 CFL Draft.

Rudolph caught eight passes for 101 yards as a member of the New York Giants in 2017 before stints with the Miami Dolphins, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and the XFL’s Orlando Guardians. The six-foot, 187-pound native of West Palm Beach, Fla. went unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Florida State University.

Bessent attended training camp with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last year but was released before the regular season got underway. The six-foot-seven, 305-pound native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. finished his collegiate career at the University at Buffalo, where he was named third-team All-MAC after making 13 starts.

Hudson finished his collegiate career at the University of Florida this past season, making two starts in seven games. The six-foot-five, 325-pound native of Brooksville, Fla. previously played at Florida International University where he played 36 career games.

Hall spent four seasons at Concordia University and helped the Stingers lead the RSEQ in average yards per carry this past season. The six-foot-three, 299-pound native of Ottawa, Ont. attended the 2022 East-West Bowl and 2024 CFL Combine.

Cass recorded 21 total tackles, two interceptions, and 11 pass knockdowns over nine games at Valdosta State University this past season. The six-foot-two, 195-pound native of New Orleans, La. previously played at Troy University and Mississippi State University.

Edmonton has also placed American quarterback Steven Montez on the retired list and released American offensive lineman Antonio Garcia.

The Elks will open their 2024 regular season by hosting the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, June 8.