Two weeks ago, the New England Patriots brought in a trio of players for free agency workouts — two of which coming from the Canadian Football League. Yesterday, the team had two more players from the CFL in town to potentially be added to the roster after its season is over (via ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss).
DB Tevaughn Campbell
Canadian born and bred, Tevaughn Campbell played college football at the University of Regina and was picked in the third round of the 2015 CFL draft by the Calgary Stampeders. He played in five games for the team but was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders one year later. After appearing in 17 contests for the Roughriders, Campbell joined the Montreal Alouettes with whom he spent the last two seasons — the most productive of his career. Campbell would immediately fit in with the Patriots: like special teams ace Nate Ebner, the 25-year old too was a one-time member of his country’s national rugby sevens team.
WR Jordan Williams-Lambert
After going undrafted in 2016, Jordan Williams-Lambert was picked up as a free agent by the New Orleans Saints. He spent his first season in the NFL on the team’s practice squad but before getting another crack at the roster the following year was placed on injured reserve and subsequently released again. He later went on to join the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and became their most productive wide receiver in 2018: the 24-year old caught 62 passes for 764 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.
As noted above, neither player is likely to join the Patriots at any point before the season comes to an end. Both are, however, candidates to receive future contracts and follow the footsteps of former CFL players in New England like defensive linemen Armond Armstead and Jason Vega.