B.C. Lions sign former NFL defensive back Duke Dawson

Photo: AP/Brian Westerholt

The B.C. Lions have signed former NFL defensive back Duke Dawson.

The five-foot-eleven, 182-pound cover man was a second-round pick of the New England Patriots in the 2018 NFL Draft. He missed his entire rookie season due to a hamstring injury before being traded to the Denver Broncos the following year.

Dawson played 26 games with the Broncos over the 2019 and 2020 seasons, recording 27 total tackles and two pass breakups. He suffered a torn ACL late during his second season with the team and was assigned to the practice roster the following year.

The native of Cross City, Fla. spent time with the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022 and 2023 but didn’t dress for any regular season games.

The 28-year-old played 48 collegiate games at the University of Florida and made 82 total tackles, six interceptions, 23 pass breakups, and two forced fumbles.

The Lions will open their 2024 regular season on Sunday, June 9 when they visit the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field.

2024-02-20 14:15:21
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