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July 19, 2021

Cutdown Tracker: A look at every move

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TORONTO — CFL.ca is tracking every team’s roster moves as clubs are required to reduce their numbers throughout training camp. In this first round of roster cuts, teams have to trim down to 75 players, excluding non-counters (2020 or 2021 draft picks) by 10 p.m. ET Monday night.

Teams that announce their cuts on Tuesday, July 20 filed their moves with the league office on time but waited overnight to make the news public.

Final roster cuts will be made by 10 p.m. ET on July 30.

*Denotes American
**Denotes Global


EDMONTON ELKS

After a strong showing with the Argos in 2019, receiver Rodney Smith was released by the Edmonton Elks on Monday (Johany Jutras / CFL)

The Elks got the transaction ball rolling on Monday morning by releasing seven players, then following it up with four more to get to the 75 mark:

OL Kwabena Asare, DL Tevaughn Grant*, DL Deonte Holden*, RB Marvin Kinsey Jr.*, WR Jerry Louie-McGee*, WR Shakier Ryan*, WR Rodney Smith*, LB Ethan Aguayo*, DL Mat Boesen*, DL Chei Hill* and LB Antonio Jones-Davis*.

The Elks also moved American offensive linemen O’Shea Dugas and Thaddeus Coleman from the suspended list to the active roster and moved American OL Colin Kelly and national d-lineman Nate Anderson to the six-game injured list.


CALGARY STAMPEDERS 

The Stampeders announced their cuts on Monday afternoon, sending five players home from their camp:

WR George Campbell*, K/P Gerard Laws**, DL Kalil Morris*, WR Bernard Reedy* and LB Darrell Williams*.


The Ticats placed French defensive end Valentin Gnahoua on their suspended list on Monday (Shannon Vizniowski/CFL.ca)

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

The Ticats had a busy day, signing American offensive lineman Jordan Murray, American DE Jalen Bates and national d-lineman Marshall Esokpunwu. All three were added to the team’s suspended list while they clear quarantine protocols.

The Tiger-Cats also announced a series of other transactions in accordance with today’s Canadian Football League roster deadline.

The team also released the following three players: DB Maurice Carnell IV*, DB Jomon Dotson* and OL Jaelin Fisher*.

The Ticats also added American WR Emmanuel Butler and Global DE Valentin Gnahoua — the 2019 first overall Global pick — to their suspended list.


WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

After making a trade earlier in the day, the Bombers released 10 American players to hit the 75 mark:

QB Dalton Sneed*, DB Clifton Duck*, WR Alonzo Russell*, WR C.J. Worton*, DL Justin Alexandre*, DL David Kenney*, LB Khaylan Kearse-Thomas*, LB Otha Peters*, DB Raekwon Williams* and OL Kevin Lawrence*.


BC LIONS

The Lions made a dozen cuts on Monday afternoon (Pacific Time) to get to 75 players:

QB D’Angelo Fulford*, LB Kendall Futrell*, DB Damon Hayes*, DL Bryant Jones*, WR Shane Leatherbury*, WR Tim Lukas*, DB Ben Minaker, DL Lewis Neal*, WR Devin Phelps*, RB Andrew Pocrnic, LB Noah Robinson and DB Isiah Swann*.


OTTAWA REDBLACKS 

The REDBLACKS announced nine releases on Monday night, with recent National signee and Carleton alum Daniel Omara departing with eight Americans:

OL Kai Absheer*, DL James Crawford*, DL Johnny Dwight*, D Denzel Johnson*, DB Jocquez Kalili*, WR Marvelle Ross*, WR Shannon Smith* and LB Lakiem Williams*.


TORONTO ARGONAUTS

The Argos announced their cuts on Tuesday morning, releasing seven players and adding one notable name to their suspended list:

FB Liam O’Brien, QB Kenji Bahar*, QB Nick Tiano*, RB Matt Colburn II*, DB Travis Lee*, OL Blake Camper* and WR Geremy Davis*.

The team placed veteran defensive lineman Odell Willis* on its suspended list, along with d-lineman Kyri Thornton*.

3DownNation’s John Hodge reports that Willis’ spot on the list is not a disciplinary measure. He said Willis is attending to a family matter.


SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

The Riders announced four releases on Tuesday evening:

Defensive lineman Markus Jones*, linebackers Oluwaseun Idowu* and Nakas Onyeka, and wide receiver Kermit Whitfield*.

The Riders signed Onyeka in May of 2020. A fifth-round pick of the Toronto Argonauts in 2017, he had 14 tackles, 30 on special teams, two sacks and a forced fumble in 36 games.

The team added the following from its suspended list:

Linebackers Gary Johnson Jr.* and Michael Pinckney*, fullback David Savard and wide receiver Jordan Suell*.

American offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio has retired.

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