August 18, 2017

Ticats acquire receiver Ricky Collins Jr. in trade with Riders

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HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have added some depth to their receiving corps, acquiring international pass-catcher Ricky Collins Jr. in a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

In exchange, the Riders get international defensive end Mike McAdoo and a sixth round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft.

Collins Jr., 25, has appeared in 15 games with the Roughriders over the last two seasons (2016-17), posting 48 receptions for 720 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned eight kickoffs for 151 yards (18.9 average) and five punts for 42 yards (8.4 average). Prior to joining the Roughriders, Collins Jr. had a brief stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2016 and spent time with the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers in 2015.

The 6-0, 198-pound native of Tyler, Texas, played two seasons at Texas A&M-Commerce (2013-14), registering 1,187 yards on 64 receptions with 14 touchdowns, and was named a 2014 All-Lone Conference and All American. He also played five games at Midwestern State in 2012 after two seasons at Kilgore Junior College (2010-11) where he earned 2011 First-Team All-Southwestern Junior College Football Conference honours.

McAdoo has spent the last two weeks on the Tiger-Cats practice roster after signing with the team August 7th.

The University of North Carolina product has had previous stints with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys since turning pro in 2011.

A 27-year-old Tennessee native, McAdoo also played two games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2013, registering one tackle and one quarterback sack.