After bouncing around the NFL for a few seasons Naaman Roosevelt went North to continue his football career in Canada. Being a wideout in the CFL is difficult for an American.
Besides the differences in how the game is played they have to contend with the fact that Canadian teams have only a very limited number of “import” players they can have on their rosters.
Still Naaman took up with the Saskatchewan RoughRiders, joining their practice squad in 2015. A half dozen games into the season the Riders put him on the field and he became a nice role receiver.
Then in 2016 Naaman broke out.
He emerged as one of the CFL’s top receivers. Pulling in almost 100 yards a game, Roosevelt managed 1,095 yards in just 11 games. He was well on pace to set the team record for yards in a season before suffering a season-ending injury.
Each club in the CFL nominates a player of the year to the CFL and Roosevelt was the Saskatchewan Roughriders' nominee.
The Riders made some moves this season to be more competitive in 2018. The first of which was quickly extending Roosevelt's contract before he could hit the free agent market.
So Naaman will be back in green, and if he stays healthy he could very well break that club receiving record this season.