First round of CFL roster cuts are In
Each team in the CFL was required to have their teams down to 65 players by the end of Sunday and as there is every year, some surprising cuts were made.
Eight-year CFL veteran Jabari Arthur is gone from the Calgary Stampeders, and you can blame that on their depth at the receiver position. Last year, you could say they almost had too *many* receivers on their way to a Grey Cup, a problem most teams would enjoy having. Jock Sanders was also released after getting himself a ring in Saskatchewan and Calgary over the past two years.
…And they may already have a replacement:
Another veteran was released from the Toronto Argonauts, as six-year player Alex Suber is out of a job. With 249 career tackles, though, Suber should be able to find another gig.
Elsewhere, Saturday’s Northern Kick-off was indeed the nail in the coffin for Tino Sunseri with the Saskatchewan Roughriders [Link: ], and the Montreal Alouettes have placed Michael Sam on the suspended list. [Link: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/montreal-alouettes-michael-sam-moved-to-suspended-list-1.2423450]
On a more positive note, three Canadian quarterbacks still remain on rosters: Jordan Yantz with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Brandon Bridge in Montreal and Andrew Buckley in Calgary.
While Yantz didn’t see the field in Winnipeg’s pre-season win against Toronto, Buckley and Bridge were able to impress with their respective teams. Buckley, playing right where the University of Calgary Dinos play, looked very comfortable going 8 of 10 for 72 yards. Meanwhile, Bridge went 4 of 8 for 52 yards and a touchdown. Could this be the year we finally see a Canadian quarterback in a regular season game?
As Calgary head coach John Hufnagel put it, Buckley is “Everything I dreamed of…”
– written by Travis Currah