Five takeaways from the Redblacks’ cuts

The Ottawa Redblacks made 29 transactions this weekend in order to trim their active roster to the league mandated 46 players. To do so, they released 19 players and added ten to their practice roster.


  • International receiver Garry Brown (California – PA)
  • International defensive back Victor Gamboa (Eastern Washington)
  • International defensive lineman Bruce Gaston (Purdue)
  • International offensive lineman David Goldsby (Buffalo)
  • National running back Ed Ilnicki (Alberta)
  • International running back Cedrick O’Neal (Valdosta State)
  • International linebacker D.J. Sanders (Middle Tennessee State)
  • International defensive back Brandon Stewart (Kansas)
  • National receiver Stephen Ugbah (Manitoba)
  • International receiver Chance Allen (Houston)
  • International linebacker Ezekiel Bigger (East Carolina)
  • International defensive back Dejaun Butler (Hawaii)
  • International kicker Sergio Castillo (West Texas A&M)
  • National linebacker Tanner Doll (Calgary)
  • International receiver Kieren Duncan (Colorado State – Pueblo)
  • International offensive lineman Kendall Pace (Columbia)
  • International offensive lineman Jordan Rose (Idaho)
  • International defensive lineman Teidrick Smith (Mary Hardin – Baylor)
  • National running back Wayne Moore (McMaster)

Added to practice roster:

  • International quarterback Will Arndt (Wetern Connecticut State)
  • International defensive back Sherrod Baltimore (Maine)
  • International offensive lineman Armando Bonheur (Samford)
  • International defensive lineman Harold Brantley (Northwest Missouri State)
  • International receiver Seth Coate (St. Francis – IN)
  • National linebacker Mickael Cote (Concordia)
  • National offensive lineman Jacob Cjaza (St. Francis Xavier)
  • International defensive back Reggie Daniels (Oregon)
  • International defensive back Aarion Penton (Missouri)
  • International receiver R.J. Shelton (Michigan State)

Here are a few quick takeaways:

– The release of Sergio Castillo means the Redblacks will use a dual kicker approach. Look for Canadian Lewis Ward to handle placekicking and American Richie Leone to do punts and kickoffs.

– Given that William Powell and Mossis Madu are firmly entrenched atop the running back depth chart, it’s no real surprise to see a trio of running backs released. That said, Canadians Wayne Moore and Ed Ilnicki didn’t look out of place when given carries.

– Surprised to see Kieren Duncan leaving the nation’s capital. In two pre-season outings he returned eight punts for 78 yards and two kickoffs for 74 yards. He also had long returns of 57 and 34 yards. As a receiver, he made a single catch for 54 yards. Typically players with a habit of making big explosive plays stick around.

– The release of linebacker Tanner Doll leaves Ottawa with a single long snapper on their roster (second year pro Louis-Philippe Bourassa).

– I never imagined Sherrod Baltimore would land on the practice roster. Coming off a strong rookie season, Baltimore was expected to take his game to the next level this year. His demotion speaks to the quality of defensive backs added in the off-season.

Santino Filoso

Santino Filoso

Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)
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Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)

9 Comments on Five takeaways from the Redblacks’ cuts

  1. Bill deHoog // June 10, 2018 at 2:55 pm //

    agree with comments. Surprised no room for Duncan on PR…maybe he will be back later on. Guess they kept Shelton instead.Is Tindall back on the corner? Daniels looks very good (on PR)
    Be interesting to see the depth chart
    Looking forward toa n awesome year for the RBs

  2. rogieshan // June 10, 2018 at 3:04 pm //

    Also surprised R.J. Shelton only made practice roster, thought for sure either he or Duncan would start the season sharing kick-returning duties with Spencer.

  3. Possible that they offered Duncan a PR spot and he declined? Just a thought.

  4. Ok, or for PR, like rule states, there is a maximum limit that states for cuts, it must be cut down to a 46 man roster, 21 being Canadian, along with a PR of up to 10 people(mmax). One of the spots obviously had to be QB, and you have to keep DBs around like Baltimore, guys who had intercepetions like daniels, and you need that import Oline and Dline spot. Another factor is that a couple spots on the PR we’re for the 2018 draft class, which you technically have to keep around.

    RJ Shelton and Kieran Duncan we’re identical in the sense of speed, return ability and WR, but what the RBs are looking for is another returner, so Spencer isn’t gassed out or injured from returns. RJ Shelton fits that perfectly where as Kieran Duncan was better at receiver, not that Shelton isn’t, but that spot is taken up by Spencer right now. You also have to keep around guys like Coate, who is similar to Ellingson, being big, tall and fast, because not all players on offence should be like Spencer or Shelton.

    I could be wrong, it’s just a thought of mine, but I don’t doubt the RBs have had the idea to bring him back later, just like the have done previously with other player after final cut, where they brought them back either later on in the season or the next year. John Biewald was one of those players, who is now with Toronto.

    Otherwise I agree with the cuts. Some of these players got injured, which makes it easier not to keep them around, and some we’re horrible and played well, but just didn’t stand out or had their big moment(s) to shine and earn their spot on the roster.

  5. Duncan. N really missing out on a diamond in Chance Allen

  6. Jim Bob // June 11, 2018 at 1:26 am //

    2 kickers? Thought Castillo was doing fine and could handle all 3 kicking areas. All CFL teams cut to many good players and with ratio and roster size quotas had no choice unfortunately.

    • Bill deHoog // June 11, 2018 at 7:32 am //

      I think that Castillo still isn’t 100% healthy which factored in the decision
      Nice to see Ward make it

  7. I was at the game in Guelph. Duncan’s release surprises me, as does Baltimore’s demotion to the practice roster.
    The defence seems improved. Corey Tindal and Jonathon Rose look good at corner. I think the pass rush will be more intense.
    Really looking forward to June 21.
    The local media ignores the Redblacks. I’m sick of reading how Johnny Manziel just sneezed. Really, is this front page news?

    • Bill deHoog // June 12, 2018 at 7:22 am //

      Hey Cam…you are spot on. No one is giving any confidence to the Redblacks…I think we will be the surprise of the season. Def3ence will be much improved, and Trevor Harris will silence his critics. Looking forward to heading down to TD Place for the opener!

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