June 2, 2023

Cutdown Tracker: Teams make their final roster moves


TORONTO — As teams finish out their preseason schedules, CFL.ca is tracking every team’s final cuts, as they set their rosters for Week 1 of the 2023 regular season.

Teams have until 10 p.m. of their respective local times on Saturday, June 3 to finalize their cuts.

The regular season gets underway on Thursday, June 8, when the Calgary Stampeders host the BC Lions at McMahon Stadium.

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*Denotes American
**Denotes Global


Re-signed: OL Braydon Noll

Released: WR Richard Burton, LB Enoch Penney-Laryea, DL Michael Pezzuto, WR Savaughn Magnaye-Jones, FB Chase Arseneau, FB Mario Villamizar, DB Cody Hale, DL Keyshawn James*, DL Damontre Moore*, DB Keith Washington*, DB Caleb Holden*, DL Casey Williams*, DL Tyree Johnson*, DL Tyler Williams*, WR Lonnie Moore*, WR Quian Williams*, QB Ben Holmes*, OL Ralph Singleton*, DL Simeon Okonta-Wariso**

Suspended: WR RaJae’ Johnson*, LB Brendan Murphy, LB Ife Onyemenam, OL Edouard Paradis, OL Anthony Vandal


The Riders released 22 players in their final cuts, including National running back Kienan LaFrance. The team also announced the signing of American offensive lineman Colin Kelly, a 90-game CFL veteran that started 16 games last year at left and right tackle while suiting up for the Elks and Tiger-Cats.

Released: Offensive lineman Diego Alatorre Montoya, defensive lineman Stefen Banks*, offensive lineman Adonis Boone*, wide receiver Keith Corbin III*, running back B.J. Emmons*, linebacker Kyrei Fisher-Morris*, defensive lineman Jerry Garner Jr.*, linebacker Kolby Harvell-Peel*, running back Javian Hawkins*, linebacker Ryan Henry*, defensive back Devin Jones*, running back Kienan LaFrance, receiver Isaiah McKoy*, defensive lineman Keshaun Moore*, defensive back Leon O’Neal Jr.*, defensive back Kosi Onyeka, offensive lineman Phil Saleh*, receiver Randy Satterfield*, offensive lineman Tre’Mond Shorts*, running back Rodney Smith*, kicker David Solie, defensive back La’Andre Thomas*

Suspended (returning to university): Offensive lineman Evan Floren, fullback Morgan Runge, linebacker Nick Thomas

Added to practice roster: Defensive lineman Christian Albright*, linebacker T.J. Brunson*, defensive back Rodney Clemons*, offensive lineman Brandon Council*, linebacker Matt Dean, offensive lineman Zack Fry, receiver Kalija Lipscomb*, defensive lineman Cody Roscoe*, linebacker Lukas Ruoss**, receiver Kendall Watson*, defensive back Deontai Williams*


The Lions announced on Sunday they have released 10 players and added 11 to their practice roster, including American wide receiver Josh Pearson and American quarterback Chase Brice. Pearson returns to the Lions after having his 2022 campaign cut short due to a knee injury suffered in July. Brice joins BC after attending 2023 mini-camp with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Washington Commanders.

Released: Receiver Bryson Daughtry*, defensive back Josh Flowers*, defensive lineman Miles Fox*, defensive back Najee Reams*, defensive lineman Alex Tchangham*, defensive back DaQuaylyn Thomas*, defensive back Christian Uphoff*, offensive lineman Sidney Wells*, receiver Kieran Poissant, offensive lineman Noah Zerr

Added to practice roster: Receiver Ayden Eberhardt*, defensive lineman Marcus Moore*, linebacker Brooks Parker*, running back Antonio Williams*, defensive back Xavior Williams*, linebacker Jack Hinsperger, offensive lineman Tyler Packer, fullback Dylan St. Pierre, receiver Jevoni Robinson**, receiver Josh Pearson*, quarterback Chase Brice*


Released: Receiver Emmanuel Butler*, receiver Willy-Pierre Dimbongi, quarterback Jake Dunniway*, offensive lineman Osaro Eromosele*, receiver De’Michael Harris*, defensive lineman Jake Hlava*, defensive back Ty’reke James* defensive back Edris Jean-Alphonse**, punter Jake Julien, defensive back Tareke Lewis*, long snapper Keegan Markgraf, defensive lineman Nelson Mbanasor*,
defensive back Hugh Nelson*, defensive lineman Divine Obichere*, defensive back C.J. Onyechi* linebacker Subomi Oyesoro, offensive lineman Justice Powers*, offensive lineman Bryce Rodgers*, fullback Connor Ross, defensive lineman Quintin Seguin, defensive back Daniel Valente.

Suspended: Defensive lineman Alexander Fedchun (St. Francis Xavier)  receiver Daniel Perry (Saskatchewan), running back Amlicar Polk (Ottawa), linebacker Josh White (Regina).

Added to practice roster: Offensive lineman Drake Centers*, defensive lineman Tre Hornbuckle*, defensive lineman Aidan John, defensive back Deandre Lamont*, offensive lineman Lucas Lavin**, receiver C.J. Lewis*, receiver Daniel Oladejo, receiver Savon Scarver*, defensive lineman Thomas Schaffer**, offensive lineman Eric Starczala, running back Demontre Tuggle*, defensive back Joshua Valentine-Turner*, offensive lineman Roman Wahrheit**


Kicker/punter Marc Liegghio was released by the Bombers on Saturday after their last preseason game (bluebombers.com)

The Bombers announced on Saturday the release of 25 players, including National kicker Marc Liegghio. The 26-year-old played in Winnipeg for two seasons (2021-2022) and made 78.7 per cent of his field goal attempts.

Released: Quarterback Josh Jones*, receiver Manasseh Bailey*, receiver Sean Coyne*, receiver Braxton Westfield*, receiver Tavaris Harrison*, receiver Brendan Beaulieu*, receiver Gavin Garner*, running back Kevon Latulas*, running back Vance Barnes*, running back Jordan Salima*, offensive lineman Kelvin Ateman*, offensive lineman Desmond Bessent*, defensive end Joe Beckett*, defensive end DeJaun Cooper*, defensive end Aaron Sterling*, defensive tackle Keenan Agnew*, linebacker Barrington Wade*, kicker Chandler Staton*, defensive back Karon Delince*, kicker Marc Liegghio, defensive back Jordan Veltri, defensive back Jacob Jenke, defensive back Bret MacDougall, linebacker Max Charbonneau, offensive lineman Cole Adamson

Suspended (returning to university): Collin Kornelson (Manitoba)

Added to practice roster: running back Greg McCrae*, offensive lineman Drew Richmond*, offensive lineman Chris Ivy*, long snapper Damian Jackson*, defensive back Abu Damary-Swaray*, defensive back/returner Matt Cole*, defensive tackle Caleb Thomas*, receiver Amare Jones*, offensive lineman Jakub Szott, receiver Jeremy Murphy, offensive lineman Tomoya Machino**, defensive back Souleymane Karamoko**, punter Karl Schmitz**



The Stamps made a difficult decision at the conclusion of their training camp, releasing veteran offensive lineman Derek Dennis. The 34-year-old has spent seven years in the CFL and is a two-time CFL All-Star and a four-time West Division All-Star. Dennis was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2016.

Released:  Receiver Floyd Allen*, defensive lineman Mandy Alonso*, defensive back Marc-Sullivan Andzang, receiver Felton Davis III*, offensive lineman Derek Dennis*, kicker Campbell Fair, running back Ryth-Jean Giraud, defensive lineman Jamal Hines*, offensive lineman Alexandre Marcoux, defensive lineman Romeo McKnight*, defensive back Dishon McNary*, defensive back Brad Muhammad*, offensive lineman Brandon Murphy*, receiver Andrew Parchment*, receiver Tyler Roberts*, running back Lucas Robertson, offensive lineman Jakari Robinson*, linebacker Josiah Schakel, linebacker Lino Schröter**, linebacker Shaq Smith*, defensive back Chris Steele*, defensive lineman Ronnie Thomas*

Suspended (returning to university):  Running back Sebastian Howard (Saint Mary’s University), defensive lineman Ryan Leder (McMaster)

Added to practice roster:  Defensive lineman Kwadwo Boahen, quarterback Logan Bonner*, defensive back Julian Charles*, defensive back Tae Daley*, linebacker Jordan Herdman-Reed, receiver Colton Hunchak, receiver Tommylee Lewis*, defensive lineman Terrell McClain*, offensive lineman Isaac Moore**, kicker Toshiki Sato**, offensive lineman Brandon Weldon*, linebacker Perry Young*


The Ticats announced Saturday they have released 21 players, including American wide receiver Papi White. The 26-year-old signed with the team in 2020 and appeared in 13 games over two seasons (2021-2022) with the Black and Gold, catching 42 passes for 414 yards and a touchdown. He also registered 18 punt returns for 193 yards.

Released: Linebacker Jareed Beeksma, linebacker Dyton Blackett, running back Keon Edwards, offensive lineman Ben Koczwara, offensive lineman Jordan Boatman*, defensive back Tony Collier*, defensive back Roger Cray Jr.*, defensive back Cortez Davis*, kicker Jonathan Garibay*, defensive back Tyrone Hill Jr, defensive lineman Ellison Hubbard*, wide receiver Calvin Jackson Jr.*, wide receiver Jon’Vea Johnson*, offensive lineman Moses Johnson*, defensive lineman T.J. Johnson*, wide receiver Kahlil Lewis*, linebacker Carlton Martial*, running back Trey Ragas*, kicker Ethan Ratke*, wide receiver Papi White*, defensive back Caesar Williams*

Suspended: Wide receiver Justin McGriff*

Added to practice roster: defensive back Patrick Burke Jr., defensive lineman Reece Martin, defensive back Robert Panabaker, running back Tayon Fleet-Davis*, defensive back Carthell Flowers-Lloyd*, wide receiver Lio’Undre Gallimore*, defensive back Dexter Lawson*, defensive lineman Nyles Pinckney*, offensive lineman Kendrick Sartor*, defensive back Will Sunderland*, punter Blake Hayes**, defensive lineman Chris Mulumba**


Released: Offensive lineman Rodeem Brown, receiver John Brunner*, receiver Trevon Clark*, offensive lineman Matt Dale*, defensive lineman Vincent Desjardins, defensive back Ja’Len Embry*, quarterback Mike Glass III*, defensive lineman Michael Kennedy*, defensive lineman L.B. Mack III*, linebacker Chris Moore*, defensive end Natrez Patrick*, linebacker Alec Poirier, running back A.J. Rose*, defensive lineman Simon Sandberg**, defensive back Reggie Stubblefield*

Suspended (returning to school):  Offensive lineman Theo Grant (Queen’s), defensive back Maxym Lavallée (Laval),  fullback Jacob Mason (McMaster)

Added to practice roster:  Defensive lineman Kivon Bennett*, punter Rhys Byrns**, defensive back Tysen-Otis Copeland, receiver Quartney Davis*, defensive lineman Jabari Ellis*, defensive back Kabion Ento*, receiver Shedler Fervius, receiver Kevin Kaya**, receiver James Letcher*, kicker Jose Maltos**, offensive lineman Jamar McGloster*, defensive back Kordell Rodgers*, receiver Tyler Snead*


Quarterback Khalil Tate (left) was one of the Elks final roster cuts earlier in the week after the team had concluded its preseason games (GoElks.com)

Released: LB Josh Adewumi*, RB Bertrand Beaulieu, REC Trevor Begue*, RB Derek Best, OL Javion Caldwell*, RB Jean-Paul Cimankinda, REC Sammie Coates Jr.*, DL Jordan Fletcher*, DB Jamie Harry, DB Ky’el Hemby*, DB Kalen Hicks*, K Greg Hutchins, DB Hakeem Johnson, RB Mekhai Johnson*, DB Jordan Lucas*, OL Spencer Masterson, QB Khalil Tate*, OL Elijah Rose-Watson, QB Michael Beaudry, DB Christian Campbell*, DB C.J. Jones*, REC Raphael Leonard*, LB Matthew Thomas*, OL Jaylan Guthrie, DL Christian Rector*

The Elks also announced on Saturday the signing of National punter Jake Julien.

Added to practice roster: Linebacker Tobi Antigha*, defensive lineman Elliott Brown*, defensive lineman Olivier Charles-Pierre, kicker Michael Domagala, receiver Maurice Ffrench*, defensive lineman Darel Middleton*,  linebacker Antonio Mitchell*, defensive lineman Adam Raine**, receiver C.J. Sims*, receiver Danny Vandervoort, defensive end Marcus Willoughby*

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