Stamps sign two Global picks, add RB Ivory Kelly-Martin

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders have signed two players selected in Tuesday’s Canadian Football League global draft – linebacker Ryan Gomes from Brazil and defensive back Bailey Devine-Scott from Australia.

Gomes was Calgary’s second-round selection while Devine-Scott was chosen in the third round.

Gomes was born in North Carolina and raised in Brazil. He began playing football at the age of 18 for Galo of the Superliga Nacional de Futebol Americano in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte and also played collegiately at Mexico’s Universidad de las Americas Puebla.

Gomes signed with the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Apr. 29, 2021, and was released a month later.

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Devine-Scott played three seasons at Western New England, a Division III school in Springfield, Mass. In 24 career games at safety for the Golden Bears, he made 133 tackles including three tackles for loss, 16 pass breakups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and blocked one extra kick.

Devine-Scott was a two-time first-team all-Commonwealth Coast Conference player and won the CCC’s Senior Perseverance and Achievement Award winner in 2021.

Devine-Scott was a U-19 Gridiron Australia captain after making the switch from rugby.

The Stamps announced later on Friday that they’d signed American running back Ivory Kelly-Martin.

Kelly-Martin spent five years at Iowa including a redshirt season in 2019. In 44 games during his Hawkeyes career, he ran 181 times for 804 yards and six touchdowns, caught 25 passes for 199 yards and one score and added 23 kickoff returns for 525 yards.

In 2017, Kelly-Martin became the first true freshman for Iowa in seven years to rush for two touchdowns in the same game. His senior season saw him record 45 carries for 202 yards and one touchdown.

Kelly-Martin is expected to be on the field on Wednesday when Calgary’s rookie camp kicks off at McMahon Stadium.

In another transaction, the Stamps have released American defensive lineman Jarrell Owens. The Oklahoma State alum appeared in three games for the Stamps in 2021 and recorded one tackle.

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