Midway through the 2021 CFL season, during their struggles the Ottawa Redblacks went to their negotiations list to improve. They ended up signing Terrance Williams, Devlin Hodges, De’Lance Turner and Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi off of the negotiations list in September, and of those players both Hodges and Turner found playing time.
On the negotiations list with them was wide receiver Justin Hardy, who originally played his college football career with the East Carolina Pirates. In 2015 he was picked in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, spent the following 5 seasons with the Falcons and a training camp with the Chicago Bears. He has now signed with the Ottawa Redblacks. At 5-foot-10, 192 pounds he is likely looked at to be a slot receiver for the Redblacks, but with Darvin Adams, Ryan Davis, Jaelon Acklin, RJ Harris, Shaq Johnson, Nate Behar and BJ Cunningham he is definitely not guaranteed a spot on the roster.
Hardy will come into Ottawa in the spring for training camp and will battle for a roster spot, and if he is anything like he was in University where he had a total 4,541 yards and 35 scores, he can be a primary receiver for Masoli. That is a big if though and with plenty of talent in front of him in Ottawa, Redblacks fans shouldn’t get too ahead of themselves with this signing.