DeVonte Dedmon, wide receiver and kick returner for the Ottawa Redblacks. He played the whole pre-season and training camp with the club, where he’d produce some eye opening numbers.
In the 2 games played in the pre-season, he split return responsibilities with both Ryan Lankford and Troy Stoudermire. Although he had two others fighting for the job with him, it seems he had the best fight out of them all. He returned three kickoffs for 157 yards and a touchdown, while returning two punts for 23 yards to even go with two catches for 51 yards.
He did end up losing the fight for the return spot by the end of pre-season due to an injury that occurred during training camp. Once Dedmon recovered from said injury, the team brought him right back. Cutting Ryan Lankford after a mistake made in the hard fought week 4 loss to Winnipeg, DeVonte Dedmon was back in the Nation’s capital.
Just weeks before his biggest game of his career, he took his first start as a returner in the CFL. Ever since, his numbers have been booming!
After his big 2 return touchdowns in Montreal last week, his totals are 289 punt return yards and 410 kick return yards on a total of 29 kickoff and punt returns.
After his massive week 8 outing where he’d rack up 377 return yards alone, it was only obvious that he should play more receiver.
This season, he’s got one catch for 12 yards against Calgary in week 7, but thats all going to change.
The team looks to use DeVonte Dedmon more at receiver. If you’ve been watching the CFL and the Redblacks for some time now, expect Dedmon to be used as a Diontae Spencer, Lucky Whitehead or even a Chris Williams type player.
In week nine, the Redblacks will travel to Edmonton where R.J Harris should return from injury also, which will give quarterback Dominique Davis another two targets against Edmonton’s hard fought defense.