Hamilton Tiger-Cats add Shiltz, Newman with QB2 role up for grabs in 2022


Published February 7, 2022 at 1:26 pm

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced the signing of American quarterbacks Matt Shiltz and Jamie Newman (pictured). (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed American quarterbacks Matt Shiltz and Jamie Newman ahead of the 2022 Canadian Football League season. They’re expected to compete for a backup role with Dane Evans locked in as the Ticats’ starter and last year’s QB1 to start the season, Jeremiah Masoli joining the Ottawa Redblacks as a free agent last wee.

Shiltz has CFL experience. Newman, meanwhile, is a newcomer but he makes for an intriguing prospect. The big-bodied, dual-threat passer can make every throw and is a seemingly natural fit for the Canadian game.

Newman, 24, spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles (2021) after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent. After redshirting his freshman year, the six-foot-four, 230 pound native of Graham, North Carolina played 21 games over three seasons (2016-19) at Wake Forest University. As a Demon Deacon, he completed 306 of 506 (60.4%) passes for 3,959 yards, 35 passing touchdowns and 16 interceptions, and 245 carries for 826 yards and 50 rushing touchdowns.

Following his three seasons at Wake Forest, Newman transferred to the University of Georgia in 2020 but opted out of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shiltz, 29, dressed in 11 games, including three starts, for the Montreal Alouettes in 2021, completing 49 of 78 pass attempts (62.8%), for 760 yards, three passing touchdowns and two interceptions adding 18 carries for 85 yards and one rushing touchdown. The six-foot-two, 205-pound native of St. Charles, Illinois has dressed in 50 games for the Alouettes (2017-21) over his four-year Canadian Football League career, completing 145 of 237 pass attempts (61.2%) for 1,866 yards with eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions adding 50 carries for 313 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Shiltz played 29 games over four seasons at Butler University (2012-15). With the Bulldogs, he completed 324 of 552 passes (59%) for 4,042 yards with 29 passing touchdowns and 13 interceptions while adding 175 carries with 862 yards on the ground and 13 rushing touchdowns.

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