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BC Lions Sign Former Denver Bronco DB Duke Dawson

The BC Lions announced on Tuesday they have signed American defensive back Duke Dawson.

DB Duke Dawson – Florida (28 y/o, 5’11, 198 lbs)

Duke Dawson has spent the last 6 years in NFL systems. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots 56th overall. He was placed on injured reserve early in the season and did not play in a game over the 2018 season. He remained with the organization the entire year which saw the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl.

Dawson was traded to the Denver Broncos ahead of the 2019 season along with a 7th-round pick in exchange for a 6th-round pick. Over the 2019 and 2020 seasons, he played in 26 games for the Broncos with 4 starts until he suffered a torn ACL in week 14 of the 2020 season. Over 26 games with the Broncos, he recorded 17 solo tackles and 10 assisted tackles.

Dawson spent the 2021 season on the injured reserve and then on the practice squad with the Broncos. He signed with the Carolina Panthers ahead of the 2022 season although he was waived ahead of the season a couple of days after being placed on injured reserve.

Dawson signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad in October of 2022. He signed a reserve/future contract for the 2023 season following the conclusion of the 2022 season although he was waived on August 14 and placed on injured reserve. He was released from the Steelers on August 21, 2023.

Dawson played his NCAA ball for the Florida Gators from 2014 to 2017. He played in 48 games recording 56 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 23 passes defended, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 6 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 touchdowns. In 2017 he was recognized as First Team All-SEC by coaches and Second Team All-SEC by the AP and Phil Steele. In 2016 he was named Second Team All-SEC by Pro Football Focus.

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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