The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have recently been signing American skill players on offence and defence to add depth to their roster. Hamilton also signed quarterback Kevin Thomson, which gives some insight into the free agency plans for backup quarterback Matthew Shiltz before the CFL free agency period starts on February 13th. After a busy week of acquisitions, the CFL Transactions list shows that the Tiger-Cats have also moved to add another player to their defensive line by signing Adam Plant Jr.
Plant Jr. came to Hamilton after playing high school, college, and professional football in Las Vegas, Nevada. For Plant Jr., being signed by Hamilton gives him his first opportunity to pursue his football career in the CFL and play for a team outside his hometown. Before signing with Hamilton, Plant Jr. had spent time with the Las Vegas Raiders after being signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2023.
Plant Jr. is a 23-year-old, 6’5″, 260-pound native of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas native started his college football career at Texas Christian University in 2019; as a freshman, he played in 12 games for the Horned Frogs and recorded three total tackles. He then transferred back to Las Vegas to play for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and he played three seasons for the Rebels from 2020 until 2022.
While at UNLV, Plant Jr. played in 28 games, and he registered 139 total tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 15 quarterback sacks, and forced four fumbles. Plant Jr’s ability to produce tackles for loss and quarterback sacks makes him an excellent fit for the CFL and could allow him to become an impact player on the Tiger-Cats’ defensive line. In the CFL, having the ability to pressure quarterbacks consistently can lead to a long career for defensive linemen; Plant Jr. has the potential to make an impact, especially if he can establish himself as an effective pass rusher.
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