Riders sign former Ticats and NFL RB Storm Johnson

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed running back Storm Johnson.

Johnson was released Monday by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The 25-year-old was selected in the seventh round, 222nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played in six NFL games making one start with the Jaguars in 2014, rushing 29 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson joins David CobbZac StacyTre Mason and Trent Richardson, who is on the suspended list, as running backs with NFL experience currently on the roster.

The Loganville, Georgia native played 10 games at the University of Miami in 2010, rushing nine times for 119 yards and one touchdown. After that season, Johnson transferred to the University of Central Florida. Johnson played 26 games for the Knights, rushing 326 times for 1,646 yards and 18 touchdowns while adding 40 receptions for 280 yards and three receiving touchdowns. He earned first-team All-AAC honours in 2013. Johnson rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns in UCF’s 52-42 Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor University.


53 Comments on Riders sign former Ticats and NFL RB Storm Johnson

  1. Ari Katz // June 6, 2018 at 11:59 am //

    Chris Jones is running a “running back factory”. How many more does he need to bring into camp? I don’t think that the Cats should have released this guy. He looked really good to me.

    • Um Jones is looking for a ‘Hit the Ground Running ( excuse the pun ) American RB that has CFL starting experience as this guy does . The reason being HE IS LOOKING FOR A GUY TO PLAY 2 GAMES while Thigpen his chosen starting RB sits out his 2 game suspension!!!!!!! THigpen btw has been LIGHTS out all camp, giving the riders a thunder ( messam) and lightening RB tandem for situational play re ratio. The other search bringing in Stayley et all is the succession plan to Thigpen for next year afte the young bucks have learned the complexities of the CFL game and how to be master pass protection blockers and not just lightening fast scat backs , AKA NFL skills sets they didn’t have to pass protect//catch the ball outta the backfield ( all round backs )NFL bigger roster has specialist RB;s for all those duites. Jones? Murph and oday all know what they are doing !!!! They know the west will be tight want a fast start wins wise outta the gate and with TO up first that is a bit tougher then it looks, as TO will be better then Cal , now possibly better then Bombers if Nicoles is serious injured, and who knows what ya get with Ottawa as they are always tough at home , riders 2nd game.. .

  2. Red White Dynamite // June 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm //

    Of course they do!

  3. Great, more Rod Black “storm” analogies….

    • Paul Bomber // June 6, 2018 at 12:32 pm //

      On the other hand Rod Black doesn’t really need a setup, he can say something stupid right out of the blue.
      So, are the Riders not liking what they have in camp, running back wise? You’d think they’d be weeding players out rather than bringing in more competition.

      • They are not the only team still signing more players.Compation is always good ,watch when cut down time comes around some of the players being cut will end up on some other teams roster.

  4. Scottsask // June 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm //

    Please trade one for a starting Canadian O lineman please. The starting 5 are fine, but it falls off a cliff after that until Bladek is healthy.

    • Paul Bomber // June 6, 2018 at 1:10 pm //

      That’s the one negative thing we’re hearing hear about Sask: Depth in Canadian talent.
      Personally, I think the most intriguing Sask question is all about Zach and if he has a bounce back year. BUT… that could go back to your question about the OLine. Not much you can do from under 1,200 pounds of man-flesh!

      • When it comes to depth at Canadian there isn’t a team in the CFL that wouldn’t experience a drop-off if they lost a starting Canadian.

    • riderontheisland // June 6, 2018 at 1:11 pm //

      Scottsask, any idea how long for Bladek. It didn’t sound serious to start, but haven’t heard much.

      • I second this. Didn’t know Bladek was out long term. I wouldn’t object to a trade for an OL if the right deal was there, but we have very good Canadian depth so we can also start Canadians in other places and use imports on the OL until our injuries heal.

        • For example, we can go with 4 Canadians on defence (DT, DT, LB, S) and two OLs and a WR, or we could even go with one OL a WR and Messam. Our depth gives us flexibility.

          • riderontheisland // June 6, 2018 at 5:31 pm //

            RFD, yes and like Jones and company they understand they may have to juggle a little, but there are several options for our ratio. I think there may be a gem in one of our newer OLs also to help out while injuries run their course. With Adusei getting converted last year at that size he must be close to a plug and play guy.

    • Canadian O-linemen? are they out there ready to be signed?
      Usually 7 of the 9 top draft picks are O-linemen. The ratio forces teams to take as many as possible, most teams have 9 National O-linemen on their roster.
      The Riders have 8 national O-linemen.
      It’s a commodity that every team want to stock up with.
      Start as many national O-linemen as you can and you can start talented imports elsewhere.
      If they can start 4 national O-linemen and the usual Canadian safety, then you only have to put 2 more Canadians on the field…………

  5. We’re collecting RB’s, that’s a thing now.

  6. So exactly HOW many RBs does Jones have in his stable now? I understand why the Ticats cut him in spite of his good performance last week, but hoped (foolishly obviously) that he might be around if they need reinforcements later in the season. Obviously, Ticats AREN’T trying to stock up on RBs like the other Coach Jones is. 🙂

  7. Ya but when you see Jones signing all these players but not releasing any somethings funny here . How many are on there roster now . Cats released him to add a player which made sense.

    • MR. Green // June 6, 2018 at 3:26 pm //

      When they signed Cobb they released 3 others. Updated are always on Riderville.

  8. Chris Jones just can’t resist going to the scrap heap to sign more washed out NFL RBs.

    • Huff's Neighbor // June 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm //

      No different than you can’t resist making a stupid comment about it. Ahole51 is turning into a troll, real fast.

    • MR. Green // June 6, 2018 at 3:53 pm //

      Come in Area51, you were ok a few weeks ago, now you seem to want Red’s attention. 95% of the leagues RB are so called srap heap washed out NFL running backs. Some good enough to be down there now, IMO. 100% of the league would go down there to try if given the opportunity. Dont look now, but most of your team failed down there.

      • True Green // June 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm //

        He can’t help himself. Self conscious people get through the day by judging others.

    • Ridersrule // June 6, 2018 at 6:16 pm //

      Wilder played in the nfl does that also make him a washed out nfl rb ? Do you ever think before you comment . Most of the import players in the CFL are nfl “rejects” if you don’t like that please do us all a huge favor ” my freind” and stop following ( trolling) the CFL.

  9. Blackhawk89 // June 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm //

    Throw enough turds at the wall eventually something will stick.

  10. Scottsask // June 6, 2018 at 1:33 pm //

    Walked past Bladek the other day after practice, he was walking fine, so I’m assuming it was upper body. Not sure beyond that.

    • He was walking fine? most O-linemen limp. When you are over 300 pounds you can’t run, there is no need for an O-lineman to run.

    • Maybe he just needs a snickers Scott ?

  11. lol. Its funny ’cause its true.

  12. Lets remember all this ,is he puts up a grey cup winning team.

  13. Barry Soetoro // June 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm //

    When Jones was hired the propaganda was ‘because he has so many US connections’.
    What a crock of crap. His whole scouting regime amounts to combing through the NFL scrap heap.

    • Barry seems to have “Jones issues”.

    • Do you have any idea how dumb you sound? Obviously not.

    • riderontheisland // June 6, 2018 at 3:11 pm //

      Really Barry, as a Rider fan I’m dying to know just who you are talking about and by that I mean who actually played games last year for the Riders that were NFL washouts…………….. Oh ya Richardson played 4 games and nobody considers players that started in the CFL and took off for a year to try the NFL a washout. So please give a grand total of how many games these players from the scrap heap actually played. After that I’ll dive into your team and give you your total. Big mouth and no facts and proof any id*ot can say whatever they want on the internet without reality.

  14. Red White Dynamite // June 6, 2018 at 2:42 pm //

    The good news is, when the riders have to lay off half their scouting staff in November; it shouldn’t make much of a difference.

    Here’s the fact. When John Murphy was in Calgary good players were everywhere and still are at McMahon.
    Now that he’s in Regina he appears to be a boob. The reason being, Calgary had a sound plan in place and laid out exactly what they wanted Murphy to find.
    Jones simply wants big name guys, so he can take his resume to the NCAA and say, “I turned Vince Young and Trent Richardson into stars again”. Of course, this NEVER works, but Jones will keep trying.

    • ohhhh….so thats how scouting works. Who knew? I always wondered what Murphy was up to. Now I know.

    • Lancaster/Reed // June 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm //

      Your facts are not facts. They are your opinion. Just like it’s my opinion that you are a sociopath.

  15. Jeffery Gilbert // June 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm //

    Riders look really good this year 12-6 I reckon. That said taking a flyer on a guy with NFL talent for cheap is never a bad idea.

  16. MR. Green // June 6, 2018 at 3:46 pm //

    The haters only see what’s written here. We still have many guys on the roster today none of you know but will this season. Some, rookies out of college. Headline readers. You always bring in talent you’re interested in who is a free agent. Storm was a surprise cut to many Cat fans. Never know with those guys. Even James Wilder was cut by Toronto and brought back. Out of quantity comes quality.

  17. last year we had 7-8 Rush end types on the roster , this year its RBs ,lol if we played 2 or less imports on the o-line we wouldnt be forced to start Messam in the backfield (which is a good thing) unless he gets inj, then we have to juggle our ratio and be weaker for it with a inferior canadian RB or a backup Can o-linman starting,,,

    • riderontheisland // June 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm //

      Brian, I think we will see lots of Judge and Francis at LB while Sam is in the middle and Hurl in middle on occasion. I don’t think the ratio will be an issue, but I would like to see another NI Olineman also. I have a feeling some newer guys are working out and will get some deserved playing time while current injuries take their course.

      • Andrussi( the converted d-lineman from last year ) , I believe I spelled that right seems to be improving rapidly and they like the work done so far from Dalton Houghton(although he probably will be this years Andrussi on the roster ) another converted d-lineman, so they have some young guys coming along just iffy that they will be real ready this year. However apparently the Riders think more ofm the young guys then ex Eskimo Danny Girioux who still remains unsigned as far as i know. and I recall a few Esk fans saying how great Girioux was when trashing rider prospects that was before Giriox got axed and is now washing dishes in Hamilton or the like . funny how charma works !!!

  18. DESPERATION in sliderville

    • Ridersrule // June 6, 2018 at 6:20 pm //

      With your obvious brain power I’m guessing it took you a few solid hours to come up with that witty comment . You use of the slider term was particularly impressive .

      • True Green // June 6, 2018 at 9:39 pm //

        Sliderville sounds like a burger restaurant in redneck Alberta. Mmmmmm I’m hungry.

  19. Albertaantler // June 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm //

    So many are critical of Jones but he took a over a 3 win team gutted it and in 2 short years has a team win 10 games and 1 play from Grey Cup appearance. So maybe he deserves some credit

  20. Pennyrocker // June 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm //

    Thigpen Messam Stacey Mason Cobb and Johnson. Richardson would have been my choice problems at home rules him iffy.

  21. Antlerman // June 6, 2018 at 9:26 pm //

    So what they have to sign them to try them out if they dont work out they get cut . But like i said show the man some respect and deserves the benefit of the doubt

  22. True Green // June 6, 2018 at 9:41 pm //

    The number of back being signed does sound a little silly, but it is the preseason still. There will be cuts come Saturday. I don’t know this for a fact but I suspect many other teams are making signings like this but it doesn’t become an article as 3DN primarily focussed on what will generate traffic and if it was BC making this signing no one would care.

    • Remember Thigpen is suspended for the first 2 reg season games, Jones is looking for a proven American to play those 2 games!!! This guy with league experience came available, so why NOT look , it might be a quick 2 game fix!till thigpen is ready ///off suspension.

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