Riders add two in the secondary

January 29, 2008 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Saskatchewan Roughriders News Release

Saskatchewan Roughrider General Manager/Vice President of Football Operations Eric Tillman announced today they have signed import defensive backs Quinton Jones and James Patrick to one-year plus an option contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released.

"Both of these young men are quality defensive backs, and, as such, help us upgrade one of our top off-season priorities," stated Tillman.

Jones (5'10 - 180 lbs) signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers in May of 2007. Prior to joining the Chargers, Jones played four seasons at Boise State. He spent his first two years as a running back/receiver before shifting to defensive back for his final two seasons. Jones also returned kicks and was named Boise State's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2005.

"Quinton made it very deep into the Chargers camp last summer," continued Tillman. "He has outstanding speed and also brings significant value as a return man. We expect to have very strong competition in our secondary in 2008, but with Quinton's skill set, including his return ability, he could certainly have an impact."

Patrick (5'11 - 175 lbs) originally signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay in 2005 and has spent time on New England's practice roster. Before entering the NFL, Patrick spent four seasons at Stillman where he set a school record with 27 career interceptions. He also set a NCAA single-game record with five picks against Edward Waters College in 2002.

"James has significant experience via NFL practice rosters in New England and Tampa Bay," concluded Tillman. "He is smooth, can run with receivers, and, in my view, his athletic ability is very well suited for our big field. Given that we put James on our neg list the first week I came to Saskatchewan. We are very excited to finally see him in green and white."

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