Last season, the Ottawa Redblacks went 3-15 and showed struggle in the pass game. Going through three starting quarterbacks throwing for a total of just 4,310 yards. Many believe the quarterbacks struggled last season because they didn’t have good enough receivers, although with Marcel Desjardins being asked about his receivers during free agency and responding with, “We’re not going to invest a lot of money in receivers, (Paul LaPolice) hasn’t done that in other places he’s been. We have invested enough (in Brad Sinopoli and RJ Harris) and we added a piece with Anthony Coombs who is brought in as a receiver not a running back. We also can’t forget a guy like DeVonte Dedmon who showed a small window of what he can do and could be a key piece moving forward as can be a few young pieces we have on the roster.” (Marcel Desjardins on TSN 1200 on February 12th)
Of the young receivers Desjardins had spoke about is Wesley Lewis, a wide receiver that spent the 2019 season here with the Redblacks and is set to prove himself on the professional level.
Sitting at 25 years old, Lewis has just the one season with the Redblacks behind him, but ahead of his professional days, he has a lot of University football experience in his background.
The now 25 year old played 5 seasons of NCAA football between both Angelo State University (2017) and Houston Baptist University (2013-16). In the 5 seasons, Lewis used his height to win 50/50 balls over defensive backs and safeties. Standing tall at 6’6 225 lbs, Lewis got the chance to catch the football 89 times over 5 years for a grand total of 1,185 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Lewis’ numbers in University didn’t get him into any NFL training camps, although one year past his draft year, he was signed by the Ottawa Redblacks. With this being his only opportunity in his professional career thus far, he was admit on making a good first impression. Making a first impression was tough for him as he was only thrown the ball twice the whole pre-season and he caught one of the two passes for 30 yards. The one catch showed Redblacks coaches and scouts enough to keep him around on the practice squad and thats what they had done.
Lewis spent the majority of the 2019 CFL season on the Redblacks practice squad, although he was also able to dress 6 games, making 2 receptions for 17 yards.
He may not have the prettiest numbers thus far in his CFL career, but standing at 6’6 Wesley Lewis has the opportunity to be a big piece to the Ottawa Redblacks offensive system in 2020.
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