Outside of signing veteran quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, the Tiger-Cats have focused their January efforts on building roster depth at various positions. Those efforts continued this week as the Tiger-Cats signed three additional players.
The Tiger-Cats signed a diverse group of players by signing American wide receiver Omar Bayless, National offensive lineman Nicolas Guay, and American defensive back Tyrone Hill Jr.
Each of these players come to the Tiger-Cats with a history of success on the field, and a variety of experiences that should allow them to become valuable additions to the Hamilton roster for 2023.
Let’s take a closer look at the newest personnel additions to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats franchise.
American wide receiver Omar Bayless is a 26-year-old from Laurel, Mississippi with a myriad of accomplishments. The 6’1″ 210-pound receiver played his college football at Arkansas State where he had 177 catches for 2,775 yards and 26 touchdowns from 2016 until 2019.
In 2019, Bayless was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year. He also holds the Arkansas State record for most touchdown receptions.
Bayless also brings professional football experience after spending 2020-2021 on the Carolina Panthers practice squad, and Kansas City Chiefs in 2022.
National offensive lineman Nicolas Guay, a 26-year-old native of Quebec City, Quebec. Guay is 6’2″ 300 pounds and was a 2021 USports and RSEQ offensive all-star 2021.
At the USports level, Guay played for Laval University and helped lead the Rouge et Or to a 2018 Vanier Cup victory. He was drafted by the Tiger-Cats in the 2022 CFL draft when Hamilton selected him in the 7th round as the 64th player selected in the draft.
In 2022, Guay participated in training camp with the Tiger-Cats and that experience should be advantageous as he attempts to earn a spot on the Hamilton offensive line for the 2023 season.
American defensive back Tyrone Hill Jr. is a 6’1″ 200-pound defender from Passaic, New Jersey. Hill Jr. started his collegiate playing career at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. He spent four seasons playing for the Bulls from 2017 until 2020.
During those four years, he played in 37 games and produced 148 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 20 pass breakups, and 2 recovered fumbles. Hill Jr. transferred to Washington State University for the 2021 season and he appeared in 6 games. During that season he produced 20 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 2 pass breakups with the Cougars.
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