With cuts made, here’s what the Ticats (might) look like

With the Hamilton Tiger-Cats having made their final cuts on Saturday’s, here’s a projected depth chart.

Some notes:

• there are some injury projections here that may or may not be accurate. For example, the team has added defensive back Emanuel Davis from the suspended list but there’s no way to know if he’s going to be ready for week one. Same with fellow halfback Abdul Kanneh, who didn’t play in the pre-season, and Canadian defensive tackle Mike Atkinson, who hasn’t practiced in more than a week. Canadian receiver Giovanni Aprile has been officially added to the six-game and I’m fairly certain national defensive back Craig Butler, defensive tackle Evan Gill and quarterback Everett Golson won’t be ready for week one. Not as sure about national safety Mike Daly but he just started practicing late last week.

• one of the reasons I do think Atkinson will be ready is that the Ticats only kept one American defensive tackle in Davon Coleman, an indicator that they plan on using a Canadian at both defensive tackle spots. If they can’t, they will have to find their seventh starting Canadian elsewhere and this roster will look decidedly different.

• there are 50 players on the depth chart so there will have have to be additional roster moves as the active roster is only 46 players (with 44 on the game day roster.) The Ticats have until Tuesday to add players to the one-game or six game injured list (as do all teams) and they also have three practice roster spots still available. There’s still the possibility they could add a player or two from cuts around the CFL, particularly an American offensive tackle.

• the secondary is a bit of a guess, given that two of the six guys who started last Friday were cut on Saturday (including SAM Dominique Ellis.)

• at least of some these questions should be answered at the Ticats first practice either Monday or Tuesday, with more coming as the Ticats make their final roster moves.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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10 Comments on With cuts made, here’s what the Ticats (might) look like

  1. Lindsay Wilcox // June 18, 2017 at 10:37 am //

    I agree with your projections, w/ and w/o further moves, i.e. injury list, PR, or acquisitions from waiver list or by trade.

  2. Have to wonder if they’ll look at signing Ben D’Aguilar. Fits the depth they have on the D-line, and a solid ST player.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of Faubert-Lussier than Jones in the offense. Felix looks like he’s got potential.

    As to the rest, looks like a good projection to me.

    • OttawaHamiCatsFan // June 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm //

      I agree that they should sign Ben D’Aguilar. I think he would be a solid addition to the team.

  3. A couple of things i wish they had kept Erlington on the roster and Timmis on pr,Erlington made plays in both games and looked good at training camp.I also think you must find a way to start Coleman he was arguably one of your best players on the field in both games.

  4. Lindsay Wilcox // June 18, 2017 at 2:20 pm //

    I agree re Coleman. I can see a D-Line rotation (for “freshness”, minor nicks, etc.) like Tracy or Chick and Laurent or Atkinson out, Coleman and McGough or Capicciotti in.

  5. Ron tuthill // June 18, 2017 at 9:39 pm //

    Although they have a lot of DT’s Rupert Butcher would be a nice addition to the line.Last year at the Combine he showed a great motor for a man well over 300lbs. I was Surprised that Winnipeg released him.

  6. With all the recent cuts would it be worth while to cut kilgore and grab someone else?

    • canadianfootballfan // June 18, 2017 at 10:04 pm //

      Please tell us then… who is available and more proven than Kilgore?

      I’ll wait…

  7. I would take Willy over Kilgore any day…

    • canadianfootballfan // June 18, 2017 at 10:52 pm //

      Do you think Willy would ever sign for 3rd string money? Trust me… he wouldn’t, and
      that’s all he would be worth in the Hammer.

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