Lions sign American DB Duke Dawson

VANCOUVER — The BC Lions announced on Tuesday that American defensive back Duke Dawson has been signed to the training camp roster.

Dawson (five-foot-11, 182 pounds) moves north after six seasons in the NFL, highlighted by a 26-game stint with the Denver Broncos from 2019-2020 where he recorded 27 combined tackles (17 solo, 10 assisted) and two pass breakups. He then suffered a torn ACL in Week 14 of the 2020 campaign and was assigned to the practice roster to begin 2021 after being activated from the PUP list.

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The native of Cross City, FL began 2022 in training camp with the Carolina Panthers before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad that October.

A second-round pick (56th overall) of the New England Patriots in 2018, Dawson didn’t see any action in his rookie season after suffering a hamstring injury in pre-season. He was then traded to the Broncos in August 2019.

Dawson suited up in 48 games with the Florida Gators from 2014-2017 while registering 82 combined tackles (56 solo, 26 assisted), six interceptions, 23 pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles. The defensive playmaker earned Honourable Mention All-American honours by SB Nation in his senior season.

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