Jaelon Acklin
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Acklin with the Redblacks in 2022
No. 23 – Ottawa Redblacks
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1995-08-10) August 10, 1995 (age 28)
Springfield, Missouri
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Liberty (Mountain View, Missouri)
College:Western Illinois (2014–2017)
Undrafted:2018
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Career CFL statistics
Targets:267
Receptions:183
Receiving yards:2,560
Total touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca

Jaelon Acklin (born August 10, 1995) is an American professional Canadian football wide receiver for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Western Illinois. Acklin has also been a member of the Baltimore Ravens and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

College career

Acklin played college football for Western Illinois.

Statistics

Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yds TDs
2014 Western Illinois 8 1 4 0
2015 Western Illinois 13 12 168 2
2016 Western Illinois 11 8 192 0
2017 Western Illinois 12 84 1369 10
College Totals 44 105 1733 12

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Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Acklin was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent and participated in their 2018 training camp; however, after a hip injury near the end of camp, Acklin was released by the Ravens.[2]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On March 20, 2019, Acklin signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[3][4] He participated in both of the Ticats' preseason games, recording 10 receptions for 85 yards.[5][6] Following preseason and training camp, Acklin began the 2019 season on the team's practice roster.[7] Following an injury to Luke Tasker, Acklin was made a starting wide receiver and played in his first professional game on June 22, 2019 against the Toronto Argonauts where he had five catches for 59 yards.[8] He scored his first CFL touchdown on July 4, 2019 against the Montreal Alouettes.[9] Acklin was voted the team nominee for the Most Outstanding Rookie award for the East Division champion Tiger-Cats.[10] Acklin re-signed with the Tiger-Cats on January 2, 2021.[11] He became a free agent upon the expiry of his contract on February 8, 2022.[12]

Ottawa Redblacks

On February 9, 2022, it was announced that Acklin had signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[13] Acklin enjoyed a breakout season in 2022 with the Redblacks, despite inconsistent quarterback play he posted career highs in receptions, targets and yards. Acklin missed a few games at the end of the season after suffering head and shoulder injuries after an illegal hit from Montreal Alouettes’ linebacker Micah Awe.[14] Following the season Acklin had a workout with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).[15] On May 12, 2023, Acklin signed a two-year contract extension with the Redblacks.[16]

Professional statistics

Season Info Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Tar Yds YPC TDs
2019 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 57 74 701 12.3 3
2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic
2021 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14 50 77 678 13.6 4
2022 Ottawa Redblacks 15 75 116 1,169 15.6 2
Career totals 46 183 267 2,555 14.0 9

References

  1. ^ "Jaelon Acklin - Stats". GoLeathernecks.com.
  2. ^ Matthew Stevens (7 August 2018). "Ravens release WR Jaelon Acklin". Ravens Wire.
  3. ^ "Tiger-Cats sign thee players on offence". ticats.ca. March 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Anthony Urciuoli (20 March 2019). "Hamilton Tiger-Cats add 3 international free agents on offence". Global News.ca.
  5. ^ "Ticats edge Redblacks in close pre-season battle". 2 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Bethel-Thompson, Argos top Ticats to close out preseason". 7 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Tiger-Cats transactions". ticats.ca. June 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Toronto Argonauts". cfl.ca. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Montreal Alouettes". cfl.ca. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "CFL announces 2019 team award winners". CFL.ca. 2019-10-30. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  11. ^ "Tiger-Cats re-sign wide receivers Acklin, Tucker and Marshall". TiCats.ca. January 2, 2021. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  12. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  13. ^ "Redblacks sign receivers Jaelon Acklin and Shaq Johnson". Ottawa Redblacks. February 9, 2022.
  14. ^ 3Down Staff (2022-10-20). "Ottawa Redblacks rule out Jaelon Acklin for pivotal game against Hamilton Tiger-Cats". 3DownNation. Retrieved 2022-10-21.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ 3Down Staff (2022-12-06). "Six CFL players attend NFL workouts, including four receivers". 3DownNation. Retrieved 2022-12-07.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  16. ^ "REDBLACKS extend East All-Stars Jaelon Acklin and Jacob Ruby". Ottawa REDBLACKS. 2023-05-12. Retrieved 2023-05-12.