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Montreal Alouettes Sign Avery Ellis, Chris Moore, Kivon Bennett, Release 3

The Montreal Alouettes on Sunday signed Avery Ellis (DL), Chris Moore (DB), and Kivon Bennett (DL). They have also released 4 players.

On Sunday the players released were Jerry Howard Jr. (RB), Jeremy Webb (DB), David Rivers (DB), and Tyshaun James (WR).

Avery Ellis, DL, Temple (Signed)

Avery Ellis is entering his 7th season in the CFL. Last year he had 34 tackles, 7 sacks, and a forced fumble in 16 games. He played 9 games for Montreal last year and the final 7 games for Edmonton. Ellis was traded to Edmonton last season along with a third-round pick in the 2023 CFL draft in exchange for defensive lineman Thomas Costigan and defensive back Nafees Lyon. He was released by the Elks on May 4.

Chris Moore, DB, Georgia State (Signed)

Chris Moore was released by the Toronto Argonauts on May 17. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens in May 2022 as an undrafted free agent but was cut later that same month. He started 2 years at Georgia State after 4 seasons with Virginia. 

He played 22 games for Georgia State contributing 104 tackles (41 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, and a sack. At Virginia, he played in 32 games with 11 starts in three seasons where he had 97 tackles, four tackles for a loss, and one interception.

Kivon Bennett, DL, Arkansas State (Signed)

Kivon Bennett played in 23 games over 2 seasons at Arkansas State contributing 108 tackles (51 solo), 26 tackles for a loss, 13.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. Prior to playing at Arkansas State, he played 28 games for Tennesee including 4 starts where he had 52 tackles (28 solo), 13.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

Jerry Howard Jr, RB, Towson University (Released)

Jerry Howard Jr was a member of the Alouettes for a portion of the season last year where he was on the practice roster for a span of 5 games. In his senior year at Towson, he rushed for 895 yards 4.8 yards a carry, and three touchdowns. He played in Montreal’s first pre-season game in which he had 3 rushes totaling 1 yard.

Jeremy Webb, DB, Kansas (Released)

Jeremy Webb played his final collegiate season for Kansas during which he had 32 tackles (25 solo), and 3 passes defended in 11 games including 3 starts. Previous to Kansas he played at Mississippi State in 2020 and Virginia Tech in 2019.

David Rivers, DB, Youngstown State (Released)

David Rivers played 9 games for the New Jersey Generals in the USFL in 2022 contributing 16.5 tackles over 9 games. He was a member of the Blue Bombers in 2021 primarily on the practice roster. In 2020 he played in the XFL for the BattleHawks. From 2017 to 2020 he spent time with various NFL teams primarily on practice squads or training camps.

Tyshaun James, WR, Central Connecticut State (Released)

Tyshaun James was not roasted for Montreal’s pre-season game. It is a difficult receiving room to break into in Montreal this year. Tyshaun James played 43 games at Central Connecticut where he caught 114 passes for 1,881 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also added 294 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns rushing.

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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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