Roughriders finalize roster
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made their final cuts.
In all 22 players were released by the Roughriders, with two more put on the one game injured list, and three on the nine game injured list.
Of the cuts, the most notable is veteran defensive back Lance Frazier, who News Talk Radio confirmed Saturday wouldn't be back with the only CFL team he's ever played for.
"I told him 'hey, you have a bright future ahead of you'," said Head Coach Corey Chamblin. "He's probably toward the tail end of his football career, he probably still has a little bit left, but we gotta go in a direction where we can get a little more out of guys."
As for who will eventually replace Frazier in the secondary, Chamblin said the battle remains pretty wide open, and they will go with whoever does the best job over the next few weeks.
It also appears Quarterback Drew Willy has won the back up job behind Darian Durant.
"Right now, in my mind Drew (Willy) is still the two," said Chamblin. "He fought his way all the way through camp, he showed it in the Saskatoon green and white game, he showed it in BC, and he showed it last night (Friday night)."
Willy can't get to comfortable on the depth chart though, J.T. O'Sullivan has also made the team and Levi Brown is one of the guys who will start the year on the nine game injured list.
Another player on that list is offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed, but he won't be seen on the field again. Chamblin said that he will begin a transition into coaching, where he will be an assistant for offensive line coach Kris Sweet.
"I've known Dan (Goodspeed) for a while, and that's something he's expressed over the years," said Chamblin.
In all three offensive linemen were also released, but Chamblin expects at least one of them will end up on the practice roster. Chamblin also said that Chris Patrick is likely to start at right tackle this week against Hamilton.
It was also a good day for running back Kory Sheets, not only did he make the team, but Chamblin said that he will start the year as the teams number one running back.
The practice roster is expected to be released sometime Sunday afternoon.
The following players have been released:
Import DL Jay Alford
Import OL Johan Asiata
Non-Import WR Ismael Bamba
Non-Import K Chris Bodnar
Non-Import FB Mathieu Boulay
Import WR Patrick Brown
Non-Import OL Dan Clark
Import LB Chris Francis
Import DB Lance Frazier
Import DB Macho Harris
Non-Import OL Nick Hutchins
Import DB Talmadge Jackson
Import DB Jalil Johnson
Import LB Karl Paymah
Non-Import LB Kevin Regimbald-Gagne
Import DL Kenny Rowe
Import WR Jock Sanders
Import LB Davonte Shannon
Import LB Daniel Sheffield
Import WR Taj Smith
Import DL David Veikune
Import RB DeShawn Wynn
The following players have been added to the injury list:
Non-Import FB Graeme Bell
Non-Import OL Chris Best
The following players have been added to the nine game injury list:
Import WR Dallas Baker
Import OL Dan Goodspeed
Import QB Levi Brown