Riders have signed quarterback B.J. Daniels: sources

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed quarterback B.J. Daniels, per sources.

Daniels has been on the Rider’s negotiation list twice: he was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in exchange for quarterback Jake Waters in July 2016 and was re-acquired in the deal that sent Canadian safety Shane Hebert to the Ticats the following September.

The 28-year-old Daniels, who’s 5-foot-11, 217 pounds, was also among the 10 players on the Riders neg list when the CFL released the names in February.

Daniels was drafted by San Francisco in the seventh round in 2013 and has been with five other NFL teams, most recently the Atlanta Falcons who released him last August. He’s played in two career games and won a Super Bowl as a member of the Seattle Seawhawks in 2014 and has also spent some time as a wide receiver and running back in the NFL. He’s an athletic guy who runs well.

The Riders currently have five quarterbacks on the roster: presumptive starter Zach Collaros, Canadian Brandon Bridge, Americans David Watford and Marquise Williams as well as national Mason Nyhus who will participate in training camp as part of the CFL’s Canadian quarterback internship program.

As a quarterback at the University of South Florida, Daniels amassed 8,433 passing yards and threw 52 touchdowns while also rushing for 2,068 yards and 25 TDs. Daniels finished his career as USF’s career leader in passing and rushing yards and second all-time in the Big East.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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50 Comments on Riders have signed quarterback B.J. Daniels: sources

  1. canadianfootballfan // May 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm //

    Seattle really likes 5’11” QB’s.

  2. bigboypants // May 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm //

    Everything old is new again. I can see having 4 arms for training camp but 6? Maybe that budding superstar Marquise isn’t what he’s cracked up to be in the land of the green gnomes. Daniels isn’t coming in to compete with Collaros & Bridge.

  3. Mr Red. // May 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm //

    That’s alot of QB’s for a team supposedly set at QB.
    More is not better in the CFL, you have limited resources and limited time.

    • Jones likes everyone to complete at camp. That’s why he’s successful. Even if Collaros is anointed as starter we can’t say for certain that Bridge is the best guy to be #2

      • Mr Red. // May 17, 2018 at 2:07 pm //

        Yes competition is good, It makes everyone better, but too much waters the competition down.

    • You must have your room plastered with various pictures of Coach Jones and Duron Carter. Do you have a stuffed Gainer to cuddle with at night too?

    • Jack in Hamilton // May 17, 2018 at 2:48 pm //

      So now you’re saying there is too much good competition? Who the hell is the Stamp’s number 2 anyways. Hard to decide who has worse QB depth, Cgy, Mtl, or Winnipeg

      • LOL – Clearly Chris Jones needs to study how things are done in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Montreal where they go bare bones with starting QB and uniform mannequins as backup QBs. Grooming a future QB is a complete waste of time according to Red. Far better to put all your eggs in one basket.

    • Riders need to be more like the Stamps and plan on using Dave Dickensen or Huffnagel himself as possible backups if Bo goes down.

    • BC Dave // May 18, 2018 at 12:25 am //

      “Set” at QB is more than just having a starter. You need to get a pipeline going.
      Or did you know that already but just thought it was a good opportunity to throw another of your digs out there? Don’t you tire of that? We sure do. You and IQ51 need to start your own board (and not tell the rest of the URL). You two can take turns playing good cop / bad cop, or in this case he can be IQ 51 and you can take turns being IQ 50 one day and 52 another.

  4. Rider Fan // May 17, 2018 at 12:44 pm //

    The next Qb is a back at some point even Tom Brady was a back up. In till they play and go through a training camp a person never knows

  5. Ibleedgreen1111 // May 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm //

    Thanks coach Mr Red. As a head coach how many games have you one? You never know who your next star is going to be. So when you start being the coach then your opinion will count for something.

    Go Riders!
    Go CFL!!

    • Mr Red. // May 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm //

      Let me ask you. In all the stones Chris Jones is unturning, what fruit has it produced??????

      • If you are so concerned, ask Jones.

        • Mr Red. // May 17, 2018 at 2:29 pm //

          You have no answer yourself???

          • Unlike you, I don’t pretend to know. I’m just a fan, not someone making up stories.

          • Ibleedgreen1111 // May 17, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

            First you never answered my question. Good trying to side stepping it.

            If you don’t look under the stone how will you know if they won’t work out. He is doing what any good coach should be doing and that his always trying to improve on the talent on the team to win games. I would be more concerned if he wasn’t bringing in more talent.

            In the end Mr Red your opinion doesn’t matter to me. What ever your problem is with the Riders or Jones is your problem.

            I’m here to read articles on the CFL and talk football. I don’t know why you.

            You are just a cancer that can’t be treated. You destroy every comment section with your negativity and hate which will someday destroy this site as people decide it’s not worth there to come here for insite on the CFL and all they see is negativity and hate all the time.

            In the end have fun with your 6 months in a leaky boat called the Stamps.

            Go Riders!
            Go CFL!!

      • Jack in Hamilton // May 17, 2018 at 2:49 pm //

        Deon Lacey, Derrick Moncreif, Dexter McCoil, Willie Jefferson, John Ojo, Crezdon Butler, to name a few….

        • Mr Red. // May 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm //

          With the exception of Moncreif and Butler (who is just an NFL jorneyman) they are all ex Eskimos brought in by Hervey.

          • Sec. 39 // May 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm //

            How did Popp/Trestman do last year with NFL Journeyman/ex CFLers from other teams? Its the CFL, you build however you can. Its not like he has been here over a decade like Huff. Huff has done an unreal job in Calgary, but he did it with Free Agents, etc. to get a base to build. Jones had next to nothing here.

        • greenenvy? // May 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm //

          Fake news. Hervey was GM, not Jones, PAUL Jones was Player Personnel & Torey Hunter top guy in Scouting. Jones was HC, DC in Edmonton.That’s it. It was well known Jones & Hervey barely tolerated each other. Jones did not have the final say on player decisions. He was one voice on the whole staff with the GM. I’ve not heard one word of a player O’Day or Murphy have found. I thought Murphy was supposed to be a big loss to the Stamps.

  6. Sec. 39 // May 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm //

    Daniels’ agent may have contacted the Riders and the team has a choice, offer a contract or move on. They may not have thought he was coming up at this time. Its the eve of camp across the league. There WILL be transactions coming prior to the start for every team.

    When you start to think you are set at a position…..that is when you get comfortable and quit trying. ALWAYS try to get better. ALWAYS.

  7. Maybe a trade is in the works. Everyone knows that BLM is only a call away from being a career NFL clipboard holder.

    • Mr Red. // May 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm //

      The way Huff as taken Jones to the cleaners on trades, I’d be all for it

      • It would be tough with the stamps up against the cap the way they are.

        • Mr Red. // May 17, 2018 at 4:24 pm //

          The stamps have lessened their payroll when they moved on from Messam and Hughes. The riders added lots to their cap in the form of older and injured players. Hughes, Messam, Collaros.

      • Sec. 39 // May 17, 2018 at 3:23 pm //

        Other than the Dillon Guy/Adam Laurenesse deal, what other trades have gone down between CGY and SSK since 2016?

        • Mr Red. // May 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm //

          I’d say Messam for Crapinga worked pretty well for us.
          That and the trade you mentioned are the only 2 I know of

          • Mr Red. // May 17, 2018 at 4:26 pm //

            Actually, the Messam trade was prior to the Jones Sask era. My mistake.
            Still a good trade for Calgary.

  8. If one reads his NFLDraftScout.com bio it sounds like Brandon Bridge … will the 6th QB in camp replace Bridge?

  9. I don’t see Marquise Williams going anywhere. He is super talented

  10. Prove me wrong // May 17, 2018 at 2:28 pm //

    Jones knows that Collaros will not play an entire season. That crafty old dog is just lining up rookie QBs to lay the blame on come November.

  11. Puck hog // May 17, 2018 at 2:43 pm //

    As the article states, Faniels is an exceptional athlete. Jones may have brought him in as a receiver or running back, as well as for his arm.

  12. Training camp fodder. They should trade Daniels + $70,000 to Winnipeg for the rights to retired Darian Durant. Then Durant signs a one day contract and retires a Roughrider.

  13. wewert3 // May 17, 2018 at 3:03 pm //

    Daniels missed minicamp so he knows nothing about the CFL and the Riders offence. With training camps are so short, he will be behind other QB’s on the roster.

    He was playing and left the game early a couple weeks ago with a lower body injury in that Florida League thingy.

    Easy prediction is Daniels starts the season on the IR.

  14. Mr. Red // May 17, 2018 at 3:28 pm //

    The last 6 months has been a ruse. I LOVE the Green and White. In fact, I love them some much, I follow everything about them. Chris Jones is my favorite.

  15. MR. Green // May 17, 2018 at 3:54 pm //

    Daniel’s may as well come. Why not look at him now. He either has something for the CFL or not. He reminds me of Durant some. If he gets cut he can sign in Winnipeg, get a bonus then retire. Fool em twice.

  16. Just dont respond to red people he’ll eventually go away. All he does is make stuff up to make himself look smart. The guy knows nothing about the riders(or the stamps for that matter)

  17. RU4Real // May 17, 2018 at 4:51 pm //

    Once again another article becomes the Mr Red Show and his rambling have nothing to do with the article. Such a sad existence he must have…………

  18. Riders should concentrate on their defense, Collaros is done hangs on to ball too long throws pick 6s and fumbles every game very injury prone his passes get knocked down weak arm one hit away from major injury then he can collect his big salary on the side lines Bridge will be the starter

  19. Wideout // May 17, 2018 at 7:31 pm //


  20. Maybe Jones signed Daniels hoping that Daniels will give him a B.J.

  21. James Fleck // May 17, 2018 at 11:18 pm //

    Never have enough good QBs. At the very least Daniels will give the #3 guy Williams a run for his money. Either he or Williams will get it.

  22. thethinman // May 18, 2018 at 9:48 am //

    If you have 6, you have 2 that nobody wants. Here we go again. Williams is all-world & just needs to play & Daniels is just as good? Jake Heaps, Jake Waters, Vince Young, Mitchell Gale, B J Kinne, Vernon Adams & on & on. Sixteen or more QB’s passed this way under Jones the past 2 years & now you got a half dozen in camp. The star of last year’s camp was the Bomber 3rd stringer previously. Likely a couple get cut right away. Ideally you want no more than 4 QB’s in camp. The more you have, the more reps you take away from the top guys. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing as you call it. Camp opens sunday & 1 week later they’re in Edmonton. Collaros needs reps. Guys like BJ Daniels, Watford, or whomever, don’t. I agree with you on 1 thing. Williams isn’t a sure thing which is completely contrary to how everyone has pumped his tires for a year now. Fickle bunch, Rider fans.

  23. U lost me at stamps

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