Hamilton Tiger-Cats add to defensive line with addition of pass rusher JR Tavai

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Published February 9, 2022 at 1:37 pm

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed American defensive end J.R. Tavai.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed American defensive end J.R. Tavai. (The Canadian Press photo)

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Wednesday (Feb. 8) the football club has signed American defensive end JR Tavai.

Tavai, 28, started nine games at defensive end for the B.C. Lions in 2021, registering 18 total tackles, including 15 defensive tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, one pass knockdown and one forced fumble.

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The 6-2, 269-pound native of Inglewood, California has played 31 career Canadian Football League games over three seasons with the Lions (2021) and Ottawa Redblacks (2018-19) totalling 84 tackles, 73 defensive tackles, 10 quarterback sacks, and five forced fumbles.

Tavai spent two seasons with the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans (2015-16), playing in four games and registering three tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

Prior to turning pro, he played 40 games over four seasons at the University of Southern California (2011-15) registering 130 total tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, three pass knockdowns, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

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