Former Auburn RB working to solidify role with CFL team
Cameron Artis-Payne hasn’t given up on playing professional football.
After playing in the NFL from 2015-19 and the XFL in 2020, Artis-Payne is working to solidify a backup role with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.
“I like him. I like what I see in practice,” Als head coach Khari Jones recently told reporters, per Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette. “He’s a solid running back, smart and knows the protection schemes really well. You can tell he’s played, had a career in the NFL. I like what I see. So far, he’s pretty legit as a running back.”
The move to the CFL has been a learning experience for the Auburn running back.
“I didn’t know the differences in the rules,” Artis-Payne said, per the Gazette. “And I knew nothing about the city. I love the pre-snap movement … it’s a great addition to the game. Other than that, it’s just football at the end of the day.”
While Artis-Payne is expected to be the backup to William Stanback, he is confident he’ll be able to contribute in Montreal.
“I can block well, catch well out of the backfield,” Artis-Payne said, per the Gazette. “And I definitely know how to run the ball. I don’t think I have a weakness in my game. I think I fit in well, whatever the team needs me to do. I still think I can compete and play at a high level.”
In five XFL games for the Dallas Renegades, Artis-Payne logged 47 carries for 241 yards and 23 catches for 101 yards. In the NFL, Artis-Payne played 32 games, logging 118 carries for 491 yards and 5 touchdowns and 10 receptions for 86 yards.