June 17, 2017

Making Moves: Teams make final cuts as camps break

Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

TORONTO — CFL.ca is tracking all of this weekend’s roster moves as teams are required to reduce their roster to 46 active players.  Today and tomorrow officially marks the transition from training camp to regular season prep.  Stay linked throughout the weekend for updates as team rosters get fine-tuned.

Here are a few notable stipulations regarding the roster moves for today:

– All teams need to have their active rosters down to 46 players by 10:00pm ET on Saturday, June 17th.
– The 46 contract players excludes any players on the 6-game injured list and 1-game injured list
– A total of 3 of the 46 players identified must be quarterbacks
– Of the remaining 43 players, a club must carry a minimum of 21 National players
– Up to 10 Practice roster players can be added at any time as of Sunday.


> Analysis: How do GMs mentally prepare for cut day?
> Riders release quarterback Vince Young
> Released by Bombers, Kenny Stafford signs in Edmonton
> Argos release quarterback Drew Willy
> REDBLACKS cut WR Gurley and RB Bell
> Full list of CFL Transactions
> Full Player Roster List


With an influx of young DBs, the Als decided to move on from Jovon Johnson (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

After a number of releases on Friday night, the Alouettes made their final cuts on Saturday with a list that includes Jovon Johnson, Don Unamba and Wayne Moore.

Released: RB Dillon Campbell, LB Josh Furman, FB Isaac Lauzon, OL Aundrey Walker, WR Danny Anthrop, LS Chad Bushley, OL Quinterrius Eatmon, DB Tyran Finley, OL Mathu Gibson, RB Jonah Hodges, DB Jovon Johnson, LB Tabari McGaskey, DB Jalen Rogers, DB Donald Unamba, RB Wayne Moore.

Practice Roster: DT Daniel Awoleke, WR Malcolm Carter, WR T.J. Graham DB Travis Hawkins, OL Sean Jamieson, OL Kyler Kerbyson, DL Ventral McMillan, WR Deandre Reaves, FB Oumar Touré, WR Eugene Lewis

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Kenny Stafford’s time in Winnipeg was short after his release by the team on Saturday.  He has since returned to Edmonton (BlueBombers.com)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a few cuts on Friday and then followed with another round Saturday afternoon. The most notable being Kenny Stafford who was let go by the blue and gold after signing as a free agent in the off-season.  Later in the afternoon he signed with the Eskimos.

Released: WR Kenny Stafford, WR Justice Liggins, OL Trevan Brown, OL Cody Speller, LB Nick Temple, DB Darnell Walker Jr., DB back Matt Smalley, OL Zachary Intzandt, LB Kyrie Wilson, DB Sam Brown, WR Daniel Williams, WR Gerrard Sheppard, DL Shayon Green, WR Brendon Thera-Plamondon, RB Kendall Roberson, DL Rupert Butcher, DL Ian Marouf, DB Chris Greenwood

Practice Roster: OL Qadr Spooner, WR Derek Yachison, LB Frank Renaud, Dl Padric Scott,  LB Jovan Santos-Knox, K Felix Menard-Briere, DB Abu Conteh, WR TJ Thorpe, DB Robert Porter

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Quarterback Mitchell Gale was among those released by the Stampeders on Saturday night (The Canadian Press)

The Stampeders revealed their cuts on Saturday night, including quarterback Mitchell Gale and Canadian defensive lineman Ben D’Aguilar. Also among those released are Reggie Begelton and Jacobi Green, both of whom enjoyed productive pre-seasons with the Stamps, as well as Canadian defensive back Chris Rwabukamba.

Released: QB Mitchell Gale, WR Reggie Begelton, WR A.J. Cruz, DL Ben D’Aguilar, OL Devonte Danzey, OL Felix Gacusana, RB Jacobi Green, DL Kingsley Ibeh, DB Tre Jones, DL Jeff Luc, OL Antoine McClain, LB Evan McKelvey, OL Mike McQueen, WR Jamal Nixon, DB Joel Ross, DB Chris Rwabukamba, WR Kevin Smith

Practice Roster: DL Michael Kashak, WR Julan Lynch, WR Marken Michel, RB Ante Milanovic-Litre, OL Justin Renfrow, DL Mike Rose, DB Jordan Sefon, DL James Vaughters, RB Terry Williams

Returning to School: DL Alexandre Gagnon, DB Adam Laurensse, WR Richard Sindani

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Explosive running back Shakir Bell leads the list of REDBLACKS let go on Saturday (OttawaREDBLACKS.com)

The REDBLACKS didn’t announce their cuts until Sunday morning and some big names were involved, including running back Shakir Bell and receiver Tori Gurley.

Gurley couldn’t crack Ottawa’s deep receiving corps while running back William Powell, coming off a season-ending Achilles injury a year ago, showed enough in camp to hold down the position along with fellow international Mossis Madu.

Released: WR Daniel Adams, DB Javier Arenas, OL Randy Beardy, RB Shakir Bell, DL John Biewald, OL Pierce Burton, DB Armagedon Draughn, DL Mathieu Dupuis, OL Jordan Filippelli, WR Tori Gurley, OL Daniel Hayes, DL Adrian Hubbard, RB Ed Ilnicki, DB Adrian James, WR Daje Johnson, WR Vernon Johnson, OL Lene Maiava, WR Bilal Marshall, DB Doug Moss, DL Darryl Paulo, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DL Greg Townsend, QB Austin Trainor, DL Mike Wakefield, WR Riley Wilson

Retired: WR Jamal Kett

Practice Roster: DB Sherrod Baltimore, LB Kevin Brown, QB Danny Collins, DL Avery Ellis, WR Austen Hartley, LB Kevin Jackson, OL Eric Lofton, WR Dominique Rhymes, OL Ryan Schmidt, DB Corey Tindal

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Nathan O’Halloran was among those let go by the BC Lions on cut down day (The Canadian Press)

The BC Lions announced their cuts around 1:30 local time. Gone are a pair of receivers and a pair of offensive linemen but no major surprises out of Vancouver.

Released: WR Brett Blaszko, WR Douglas McNeil, WR R.J. Harris, DB Mondo Williams, FB Nate O’Halloran, OL Aaron Epps, OL Nate Isles

Practice Roster: FB Dakota Brush, DB Nate Hamlin, DB Tevin McDonald, DL Luther Maddy, DL Ken Boatright, RB Tyler Davis, WR Maurice Morgan

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


Dominique Ellils was vying for the chance to play SAM linebacker in Hamilton (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released 23 players on Saturday evening with the most notable cuts coming in the secondary with defensive backs Dominique Ellis and TJ Lee among those let go.

Released: DB V’Angelo Bentley, OL Malcolm Bunche, WR Gary Chambers, DB Dominique Ellis, P/K Anthony Fera, RB Alex Green, DB Jabari Gorman, QB Cody Keith, WR Jay Lee, DB Travis Lee, DB Keith Lewis, DT Claudell Louis, DE Tyriq McCord, DE  Ryan Mueller, DB  Cheatham Norrils, OL Kona Schwenke, DB Solomon St. Pierre, LB  Matt Wells, OL Palmer White, OL Torian White, LB Corey Williams, DB Khalid Wooten

Practice Roster: WR Damarr Aultman, OL  Brett Golding, DT  Jason Neill, OL Kay Okafor, WR Jalen Saunders, WR  Jacob Scarfone, RB Sean Thomas-Erlington

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


The Argos made two waves of cuts on Saturday with the most significant one being quarterback Drew Willy who came over in a trade last year from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  The Argos also parted ways with sophomore DB Aaron Berry.  Berry started regularly in 2016 and was considered a likely starter at corner, while in pre-season the CFL sophomore returned an interception for a touchdown in a win over the Alouettes.

Released: DB Larry Scott, LB Kamario McFadden, LB Terrell Richardson, DB Davonte Neal, DB Tremain Jacobs, DB Aaron Berry, DL Theiren Cockran, WR Joe Morgan, WR Ed Eagan, WR Ralph Abernathy, OL Ryan Mack, LS Joseph Iatzko, DB Marcus Alford, DB Cariel Brooks, DB Qudarius Ford, WR Cole Watson, QB Drew Willy

Practice Roster: DE Evan Foster, Manitoba, LB Justin Herdman, Simon Fraser, RB Martese Jackson, Florida Atlantic, WR Jamel Johnson, RB Cam McDaniel, LB Terrance Plummer, QB Dakota Prukop, DB Winston Rose, OL DJ Sackey, WR Malcolm Williams

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


The Riders made a number of cuts on Saturday with the most significant at the quarterback position, releasing Vince Young and Bryan Bennett.  Other notables include veterans OL Jerriel King, WR Joe Craig and RB Anthony Allen.

Released: QB Vince Young, QB Bryan Bennett, WR Joe Craig, DB Royce Adams, RB Anthony Allen, DB Zavian Bingham, DL Ivan Brown, DB Crezdon Butler, OL Terrence Campbell, LB Alexander Gagne, DB Warren Gatewood, LB Dillon Grondin, OL Jarriel King, WR Thomas Mayo, DL Greg Milhouse Jr., WR Desmond Reece, DL Jordan Reaves, DB Mark Roberts, WR Jenson Stoshak, RB Quincy Walden.

Practice Roster: · WR Antwane Grant, DL Makana Henry, OL Eddie Meredith, DL D.J. Pettway, DB Denzel Radford, WR Joshua Stanford, LB Myke Tavarres

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA


The Edmonton Eskimos announced their roster moves early Saturday evening but perhaps the most significant was not by subtraction but rather by addition, adding Kenny Stafford to their practice roster following his release from Winnipeg earlier in the day.

Released: RB Johnny Augustin, WR Anthony Barrett, LS Casey Chin, LB DJ Lalama, DL Mark Mackie, DL Elie Ngoyi, FB Alex Ogbongbemiga, OL Cassidy Curtis, DB Ahmad Dixon, RB Marion Grice, WR John Harris, DL Ikponmwosa Igbinsoun, LB Jeremiah Kose, RB Kendial Lawrence, LB Trent Matthews, DB Solomon Means, OL Darius Morris, WR Jarvis Turner, WR Ladarius Vanlier, LB LaKeith Walls, WR Larry Cobb, DB Kent London, DL Rykeem Yates

Practice Roster: OL Kwabena Asare, DB Andrew Lue, WR Scott MacDonell, OL D’Anthony Batiste, QB Zach Kline, DB Mercy Maston, DL Mike Moore, WR K.J. Maye, WR Kenny Stafford

Players added to the six-game injured list: TBA