Weston Dressler

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Weston Dressler
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Dressler with the Saskatchewan Roughriders
No. 7 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position: Slotback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-06-14) June 14, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth: Bismarck, North Dakota
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Bismarck (ND)
College: North Dakota
Undrafted: 2008
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Receiving Yards: 6,851
Touchdowns: 44
Receptions: 469

Weston Dressler (born June 14, 1985) is a professional Canadian football slotback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League in the 2014 preseason. He was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a street free agent in 2008.

Dressler tied the all-time number one record (CFL and NFL) for the most two point conversions caught in a single game by one player at two in a 31-24 loss to the Calgary Stampeders on October 3, 2014.

He played college football at the University of North Dakota.

Early years[edit]

Dressler was born in Bismarck, North Dakota to Rick and Val Dressler.[1][2] He attended Bismarck High School. At Bismarck he was a three time all-state and all-conference selection and in 2003 was named North Dakota Gatorade High School Player of the Year.[2] On March 23, 2009, his Bismarck high school retired his jersey (#2).[3]

He has two brothers, Travis and Ryan. His younger brother, Ryan, played wide receiver at The University of North Dakota from 2006 to 2010.[1]

College career[edit]

As a senior, he caught 75 passes for 1,274 receiving yards while being named to the North Central Conference's all-star team for the fourth season in a row.[4] After four seasons at the University of North Dakota, Dressler set 19 school records.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

Dressler went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft and signed as a street free agent with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on May 13, 2008.[1][5] After the Roughriders named their final cuts, Dressler was one of five rookies to make the final team.[6] After two games with the Roughriders he led the league with 13 punt returns for 185 yards. However his receiving yards had been accidentally omitted by the CFL's statistical package.[7] On July 14, Dressler suffered a hamstring injury that forced him out of the lineup.[8] Towards the end of the season, Dressler was being considered as the leading candidate for the CFL West's nomination for rookie of the year. As of October 18, Dressler had 46 catches for 928 yards with five touchdowns including six 100+ yard games.[9] On November 5, it became official and Dressler was nominated for rookie of the year.[10] Dressler later won the award over Hamilton's Prechae Rodriguez.[11][12] Dressler finished the season with a team-leading 1,123 yards receiving (11th overall) and 2,219 combined yards (3rd overall). At the end of the 2008 season, he was voted the most popular player by the fans.[13]

Ensuring that there would be no sophomore slump, Weston Dressler had the most receiving yards in a game in his young career when he caught seven passes for 154 yards against the BC Lions in the home opener. Because of his value as a receiver, the Roughrider coaching staff pulled him from the kick return game and only used him in critical situations on special teams. Ken Miller, the Saskatchewan head coach, and Paul LaPolice, the offensive coordinator, used many different formations in order to get Dressler the ball, from the slot back position, to wideout, to handoffs. On August 21, 2009, against the Montreal Alouettes, Dressler caught eight passes for 179 yards, his most yards gained in a single game to date.[14] On Oct. 10, 2009, Dressler's season came to a close as he sustained a sprained right ankle and fractured right fibula in the closing minutes of a win over the Toronto Argonauts, halting his receiving yardage total under 1,000 yards.[15]

In the ensuing four seasons, Dressler's receptions exceeded the 1000 yard mark every year. In 2013, Dressler was a CFL All Star and won the 101st Grey Cup. On January 30, 2014, Dressler was released from the Saskatchewan Roughriders so he could sign with a National Football League team.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On February 5, 2014, Dressler signed a futures contract with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.[16] He was waived on August 25.[17]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On August 27, after clearing NFL waivers,[18] Dressler was offered contracts from the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders[19] and Ottawa Redblacks.[20] The offer from the Stampeders was reportedly worth just under $200,000 CAD per year,[21] while the offer from the Redblacks was worth $250,000 - which would have made him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the CFL[22] - though Redblacks General Manager Marcel Desjardins declined to confirm these reports.[23] However, on August 28 Dressler instead agreed to a contract with the Roughriders[24] that is reputedly worth a pro-rated $200,000 CAD for one year, sizeably less than the Redblacks offer.[25]

In his return to Saskatchewan on August 31, 2014, Dressler had three receptions for 28 yards in a 35-30 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Labour Day Classic. During the Banjo Bowl against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Dressler returned a punt for a touchdown, his second of his CFL career. On September 21, 2014, Dressler recorded 125 receiving yards in a win over the Ottawa Redblacks, a game where he returned another punt for a touchdown. He wound up playing in the final 9 games of the 2014 season and the Riders lone playoff game. On January 30, 2015 Dressler re-signed with the Roughriders, agreeing to a new 4-year contract extension.[26]

On January 16, 2016, the Roughriders released Dressler.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

On January 26, 2016, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced that they had signed Dressler to a two-year deal through the 2017 CFL season.

Statistics[edit]

Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games No. Yards Avg Long TD Games No. Yards Avg Long TD
2008 SSK 15 56 1,123 20.1 67 6 1 5 93 18.6 40 0
2009 SSK 14 62 941 15.2 52 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 SSK 17 81 1,189 14.7 77 6 3 13 174 13.4 75 2
2011 SSK 18 79 1,061 13.4 75 5 Team did not qualify
2012 SSK 17 94 1,206 12.8 78 13 1 6 153 25.5 58 0
2013 SSK 17 70 1,011 14.4 45 9 3 16 240 15.0 37 4
2014 SSK 9 27 320 11.9 60 1 1 4 35 8.8 17 0
2015 SSK 16 70 941 13.4 79 6 Team did not qualify
CFL totals 123 539 7,792 14.5 79 50 9 44 695 15.8 75 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "#7 Weston Dressler". Saskatchewan Roughriders. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b "#18 Weston Dressler". University of North Dakota. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Weston's Jersey Retired". KXMBTV Bismarck. 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Dressler hopes speed earns him a spot". The Regina Leader-Post. Canada.com. June 4, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Riders sign two import receivers". The Regina Leader-Post. Canada.com. May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Roughriders announce roster moves". The Regina Leader-Post. Canada.com. June 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Riders get returns on their investment". The Regina Leader-Post. Canada.com. July 10, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  8. ^ "Berman replaces an injured Dressler". The Regina Leader-Post. Canada.com. July 16, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Top rookies squaring off". The Regina Leader-Post. Canada.com. October 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Roughriders' Makowsky, Dressler best in the West". The Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Canada.com. November 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  11. ^ "Montreal QB Calvillo wins CFL's outstanding player award". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  12. ^ "Peterson hauls in top Canadian distinction". The Vancouver Sun. Canada.com. November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  13. ^ . Riderville.com. November 21, 2008 http://www.riderville.com/page/awards. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Alouettes continue to roll". CBC Sports. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  15. ^ "Injured Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Weston Dressler dealing with life on the sidelines". Regina Leader Post. 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  16. ^ Chiefs sign former Rider Dressler to futures contract
  17. ^ http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/article-2/Chiefs-Annouce-Roster-Moves/a809c4c0-1695-4278-91fb-42e4dbd6bb0a
  18. ^ http://globalnews.ca/news/1528496/cfl-announces-weston-dressler-has-cleared-nfl-waivers/
  19. ^ https://twitter.com/calgaryherald/status/505002209524731904
  20. ^ http://globalnews.ca/news/1530465/ottawa-redblacks-made-offer-to-weston-dressler/
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/ArashMadani/status/504842644887846912
  22. ^ http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/08/28/dressler-says-no-thanks-to-redblacks-report
  23. ^ http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/08/27/dressler-offered-250k-from-ottawa
  24. ^ http://riderville.com/article/riders-sign-receiver-weston-dressler
  25. ^ http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/redblacks-make-offer-for-ex-cfl-star-dressler/
  26. ^ "Fan favourite Dressler signs four-year extension with Roughriders". TSN. 

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