Alouettes ink returner Shakeir Ryan

MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes have signed a one-year contract with American returner Shakeir Ryan, the team announced Wednesday.

American returner Marcus Taylor, who suited up in Week 6, has been released.

Ryan (5’8″, 169 lbs.) played two CFL games in 2018 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the BC Lions. He gained 39 yards on punt returns and gained 308 yards on kickoff returns, adding one touchdown. In 2017, he spent time on the Washington Redskins’ practice roster and with the L.A. Rams’ organization.

The 23-year-old Lafayette, La. native, played for the Northwestern State University Demons. In his last year, he earned 111 yards on punt returns in a single game.

In the spring of 2016, he caught four passes for 51 yards in the Delaney Bowl. Ryan finished his college career second all-time at NSU with 140 career receptions. He was also part of the track and field team, participating in the 100 meter dash and 4×100 relay.