Canadians in Camp

Canadians in Camp

Several Canadians are competing for NFL jobs this week, including two former Regina Rams, and one former Essex Raven.

Stefan Charles caught the eye of AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, who, while reporting on Titans training camp in Tennessee, notes “two eye-catching undrafted rookies at camp have been tight end Jack Doyle and defensive tackle Stefan Charles.”

The 6’5, 302 pound former CIS Regina Ram was born on Oshawa, Ontario.

Saskatoon’s Jorgen Hus is another undrafted free agent trying to crack an NFL roster this summer.

Hus recently suited up for the Rams in a pre-season game in Cleveland.

“It was just surreal. It was unbelievable. Words can’t really describe it,” Hus told Saskatoon Star Phoenix reporter Richard Marjan after the game.

“I’ve been watching (NFL games) on TV my whole life. I kind of knew what it was going to be like, but it was just so much better.

“It was just so cool being in that stadium and looking up and seeing all the names like Jim Brown and seeing some of the players and coaches that I’ve watched on TV for years,” he told Marjan.

Unfortunately Hus never hit the field during the game. The Rams threw a pair of interceptions, turned the ball over twice on downs and went for a two-point conversion after a touchdown, meaning they never needed to snap or kick the ball.

“For sure it was a little disappointing,” Hus told Marjan. “I wanted to get that first snap out of the way and get out there. But everything happens for a reason. Even though I didn’t get on the field, that game still matured me for sure,” Hus said.

Marjan’s complete report can be found here

Former Essex Raven (Ontario Varsity football League) Luke Willson, a 2013 fifth round draft pick of the  Seattle Seahawks, continues to impress this summer. writer Clare Farnsworth reported in his most recent blog that “once again Willson showed why he was selected in the fifth round of April’s NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5 rookie tight end got a step on linebacker Malcolm Smith and made an over-the-shoulder catch of a Wilson pass. And it came on a free play because the defense had jumped offside.”

“I just kind of took it over the top and Russell made an incredible throw,” Wilson told Farnsworth.  “I mean, you can’t ask for a better throw than that and I was able to make a play.” “It’s pretty incredible. He just dropped that, literally, right over the linebacker and right onto my back shoulder. It was great.”

Farnsworth’s complete blog can be found here

Saskatoon's Jorgen Hus practices long snapping during the St. Louis Rams 2013 Rookie Camp

Saskatoon’s Jorgen Hus practices long snapping during the St. Louis Rams 2013 Rookie Camp

Stefan Charles with the Regina Rams

Stefan Charles with the Regina Rams