February 22, 2024

Tiger-Cats Add a Pair of Pass Rushers: Davis II, Usher

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Thursday, the football club has signed two American defensive linemen including re-signing Jamal Davis II and adding Nick Usher.

Davis II, 28, appeared in 18 games last season for the Tiger-Cats and Alouettes after signing in Hamilton late in the season. The 6’4 250-pound native of Canton, Ohio totalled 28 total tackles, including 26 defensive tackles, two tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks in 2023.

The former University of Akron pass rusher has suited up in 33 games over his three seasons in the CFL (2021-23) with the Alouettes (2021-23) and Tiger-Cats (2023), totalling 55 total tackles, including 53 defensive tackles, five tackles for loss, 11 quarterback sacks and one forced fumble.

South of the border, Davis II previously appeared in three games for the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins (2019), while also spending time with the Houston Texans (2019), Indianapolis Colts (2019), Tennessee Titans (2019, ‘20), Green Bay Packers (2020), Cleveland Browns (2020) and Los Angeles Chargers (2022).

Usher, 29, appeared in nine games in 2023 with the Montreal Alouettes and BC Lions, registering six tackles, one tackle for loss and one quarterback sack. The 6’4, 256-pound native of Los Angeles, California has suited up in 62 games, including 48 starts over his five seasons in the CFL with Edmonton, (2018-19), Montreal (2021-23) and BC (2023), totalling 113 defensive tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 16 quarterback sacks and six forced fumbles.

The former University of Texas at El Paso defensive lineman signed with the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent (2017) and spent time with the New England Patriots (2017) and Las Vegas Raiders (2020).