The Montreal Alouettes announced that they have signed American linebacker Avery Williams and re-signed wide receiver Reggie White Jr. for the 2023 season. In addition, the Alouettes also signed American running back AJ Rose, who has practice squad experience with the Los Angeles Rams (2022) and Minnesota Vikings (2021). Each of these players has the potential to impact the Alouettes 2023 season.
Avery Williams comes to the Alouettes after a five-year career with the Ottawa Redblacks. During those five seasons, Williams played in 59 games and produced 263 tackles, six quarterback sacks, six forced fumbles, and two interceptions. The 5’10”, 223-pound linebacker was selected as the Redblack’s Most Outstanding Defender in 2021. During the 2022 season, Williams accumulated 92 tackles, two forced fumbles, and one interception while playing 18 games. Williams arrived in the CFL after a successful college career at Temple University.
Reggie White Jr. played 15 games for the Alouettes during the 2022 season. The 6’3″, 210-pound receivers season was cut short after suffering a knee injury on the Alouettes Thanksgiving Day game on October 10th. His knee injury resulted in a tear of his ACL, LCL, and PCL. The receiver was on pace to have the best season of his CFL career before the knee injury occurred. In 2022, he produced 53 catches for 722 yards and two touchdowns while playing in 15 games. Rehabilitation for the knee injury will continue into the season, and White Jr. expects to be ready to return to the field in September or October of the 2023 season.
The Alouettes have also signed the former University of Kentucky running back AJ Rose. Rose comes to Montreal after rushing for 1,971 yards and 13 touchdowns while playing at Kentucky. In addition, Rose also had 30 catches for 237 yards and one receiving touchdown for the Wildcats.
Montreal has also released American defensive lineman Mike Moore. Moore played for the Ottawa Redblacks and the Edmonton Elks before being traded to the Alouettes during the 2022 off-season. The 6’4″, 269-pound defensive lineman had 31 tackles for the Montreal defence in 2022.
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