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Elks Add to the Offense by Signing WR Steven Dunbar Jr. and OL Josiah St. John

Photo via Edmonton Elks

The Edmonton Elks announced the recent signings of Wide Receiver Steven Dunbar Jr. along with Offensive Lineman Josiah St. John.

The Elks appear to be very active on day 1 of the 2023 CFL Free Agency period.


Steven Dunbar Jr Photo via Wikipedia

What the Edmonton Elks get in Steven Dunbar Jr. is a player that will be in Edmonton on a 2-year deal.

While playing college football with the University of Houston Cougars (2014-2017), Steven Dunbar Jr. was a relevant piece for the Houston Cougars during the duration of his college football career.  

In 43 games played, Steven Dunbar would contribute with 180 receptions, 2,430 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns.

After short stints with the San Francisco 49ers (2018), the Denver Broncos (2019), and the Dallas Renegades (XFL 2020), he elected to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2020 during the cancelled COVID-19 season. However, he would contribute to the Tiger-Cats in both the 2021 and 2022 seasons with a total of 29 games played, 116 receptions, 1,630 receiving yards, 510 yards after the catch, and 10 touchdowns.

He will be an integral part of the Edmonton Elks during the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

Steven Dunbar is a big and physical wide receiver that we’ve had our eye on for a couple years now,” said Geroy Simon, Elks assistant general manager. “We’re ecstatic to bring him to the Green and Gold.”


Josiah St John Photo via TSN

Offensive Lineman Josiah St. John also joins the Edmonton Elks on a 1-year contract with the Green and Gold.

The Toronto, Ontario native played his college football at the University of Oklahoma with the Oklahoma Sooners (2013-2015)

During the 2016 CFL Draft, Josiah St. John’s services would be obtained 1st Overall in the 2016 CFL Draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. 

He would remain in Saskatchewan till the 2018 season. Injuries would take their toll and Josiah St. John would play 22 games.

In 2019, Josiah St. John would arrive in the City of Champions but would not play a game.   

Add in 2019 with no games played, along with the canceled 2022 season, and Josiah St. John would return to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for both the 2021 and 2022 CFL seasons. Although he still missed playing time, he still was able to add to his game total with an additional 25 games played in the last two CFL seasons.

If Josiah St. John can be healthy, it will be a good move to add depth to the offensive line. For a team that was riddled with injuries in 2022, the Edmonton Elks can use all the help they can get when it comes to anchoring the offensive line. At 6′-5″, and 305 lbs, Josiah St. John can bring some nastiness to the Edmonton Elks.

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Dino Sepe has been an avid sports fan since he was nine years old. He has read multiple books regarding sports history from various eras, the origins of the game, great dynasties, great coaches, and great players. Dino's experience in writing was obtained at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario through the Theater Performance program. As an avid football fan following the NFL, CFL, NCAA, and USports Football, Dino has been writing about the Canadian Football League in various capacities since 2019. In December 2021, Dino joined the CFL News Hub team. Dino is proud to be part of the CFL News Hub contributing team and looks forward to covering the Edmonton Elks going into the future.
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