Woodcock moves east to join Tiger-Cats
Oft-injured Canadian receiver played only 3 games with Eskimos in 2007
Bob O'Billovich has picked up an experienced Canadian receiver and hopefully one that remains healthy.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats general manager on Tuesday announced the addition of Pat Woodcock, who spent the last three Canadian Football League seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos.
"He was looking to come east," O'Billovich said of the seven-year CFLer, who makes his off-season home in Ottawa.
"He has experience. And, with us trading Brock Ralph to Edmonton, he [Woodcock] was a legitimate receiver. He has legitimate speed."
Woodcock, 30, also has a penchant for getting hurt, with knee and hamstring injuries limiting him to three games last season (four catches for 86 yards).
He also played just seven games in 2003 following his bust-out 2002 performance with the Montreal Alouettes that included 35 receptions for 838 yards, an East Division all-star nod and most outstanding Canadian honours in a Grey Cup win over Edmonton.
If healthy this summer, Woodcock would compete with Canadians Chris Bauman and Jason French for a starting job in Hamilton. With his speed, the five-foot-nine-inch, 180-pound pass-catcher can be a slotback or wide receiver.
The Eskimos, who grabbed Woodcock in the 2006 Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft, granted him his release last month, so he could play closer to home.
Woodcock has posted 157 catches for 2,424 yards and 12 touchdowns in 73 career games for Montreal, Ottawa and Edmonton.
Prior to breaking into the CFL with the Alouettes in 2001, he starred at Syracuse University, becoming just the 14th player in school history to gain more than 1,000 receiving yards.