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Riders Sign Former Chicago Bears Draft Selection Dazz Newsome

February 27, 2024 - Canadian Football League (CFL)
Saskatchewan Roughriders News Release

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American wide receiver Dazz Newsome.

Newsome (5'10-184) was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round, 221st overall, of the 2021 NFL Draft. He played in three games as a Bear, making one start and recording two receptions for 23 yards and six punt returns for 75 yards. He went on to tryout for the Seattle Seahawks and the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022 and after a brief stint with the Kansas City Chiefs signed a practice roster agreement with San Franscico 49ers.

Collegiately, Newsome spent four seasons (2017-20) at the University of North Carolina. The Virginia native switched from defensive back to receiver in his rookie season and played nine games, tallying 18 receptions for 227 yards. Newsome went on to flourish as a receiver suiting up for 44 career collegiate games and earning 2,435 yards on 188 receptions (13-yard average) and 24 touchdowns as a Tar Heel. He also added 178 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. On special teams, he returned 48 punts for 535 yards and one touchdown and seven kickoffs for 144 yards. Newsome was a Second-Team All-ACC selection as a junior in 2019 and an All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2020.

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