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Argos release four including Picton, Davis

TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts announced Saturday they’ve released four players, including Canadian quarterback Noah Picton.

Picton, 23, attempted one incomplete pass in Thursday’s pre-season opener against the Montreal Alouettes. The Regina native signed with the Argos after going undrafted in 2018 before returning to play for the Regina Rams. He rejoined the club this off-season.

Three others were also released, as the team has parted ways with international defensive linemen Troy Davis and Jhaustin Thomas, along with national Hassan Barry. Davis played 28 games with the Argos in two seasons, recording 55 tackles and seven sacks.

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Joining the team will be international defensive tackle Cardell Rawlings. A 6-foot-2, 240-pound North Carolina native, Rawlings was a defensive force in his senior season, racking up 77 tackles, 17 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on route to being named South Atlantic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as well as a Division-II All-American.

The defensive lineman played 43 games for Wingate and totalled 164 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 32.5 tackles for loss, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

Picton’s departure leaves the Argos with five quarterbacks on the roster, including Canadians Brandon Bridge and Michael O’Connor. They’ll wrap up their pre-season on Thursday in Hamilton before the season-opener on June 22.