Final Cuts & Injuries Shape Bomber Depth Chart

The Blue Bombers made a slew of roster moves on Saturday that included the release of ten players, the formation of a ten-man practice roster, and eight additions to injured reserve. Here they are listed below along with some analysis and a projected depth chart for week one’s tilt against the ‘Riders.

 

Released

INT REC Ja-Mes Logan

INT T Marc Dile

INT DB Dominique Franks

INT K/P Anthony Santella

INT DB Shaquille Richardson

INT RB Carlos Anderson

INT REC Mike Willie

NAT QB Jordan Yantz

NAT REC Jordan Reaves

NAT DB Justin Warden

 

Practice Roster

INT RB Da’Rel Scott

NAT FB Chris Normand

INT REC Toney Clemons

INT REC Jhomo Gordon

INT T Corey Lewis

NAT G Thomas Griffiths

INT DB Vernon Kearney

INT DB Malachi Freeman

INT DL Deantre Harlan

NAT DL/FB Ettore Lattanzio

 

One-Game Injured List

INT S Moe Leggett

INT QB Josh Portis

INT DL Kashawn Fraser

NAT DE Ivan Brown

NAT REC Addison Richards

 

Six-Game Injured List

INT DL Nate Collins

NAT G Patrick Neufeld

INT DB Troy Stoudermire

 

Projected Week One Depth Chart

(note: national players identified by italicized text)

QB Drew Willy / Brian Brohm / Robert Marve

RB Paris Cotton / Cameron Marshall

FB Michel-Pierre Pontbriand / Tim Cronk

WR (w) Darvin Adams

SB (x) Nick Moore / Justin Veltung

SB (y) Julian Feoli-Gudino / Kris Bastien

SB (r) Clarence Denmark

WR (z) Rory Kohlert

LT Stanley Bryant / Devin Tyler

LG Chris Greaves

C Dominic Picard / Matthias Goossen

RG Sukh Chungh

RT Jace Daniels

DE Greg Peach / Derrell Johnson / Thaddeus Gibson

DT (3) Bryant Turner / Jake Thomas

DT (NT) Zach Anderson

DE Jamaal Westerman

WLB Khalil Bass / Graig Newman / Garrett Waggoner

MLB Sam Hurl / Jesse Briggs

SLB Chris Randle / Tony Burnett

WCB Johnny Adams / Don Unamba

WHB Demond Washington

S Demetrius Wright / Teague Sherman

SHB Bruce Johnson

SCB Matt Bucknor / Derek Jones / Brendan Morgan

K Lirim Hajrullahu

P Lirim Hajrullahu

RET Justin Veltung

LS Chad Rempel

 

Thoughts

I was surprised and disappointed to see Yantz and Reaves released outright. Neither player was ever likely to make the Bombers’ active roster but I expected one or both to earn a spot on the practice roster. Would have been nice story to see two kids with local ties stick around, but that’s football.

Good for Thomas Griffiths for earning a practice roster spot. Griffiths, who went unselected in the CFL draft a year ago, has now broken into the league in such a way that many 2014 draftees were unable to do. It shows he’s put a lot of hard work into his own development as a young offensive lineman — hopefully he keeps it up on the PR.

It sucks that Marc Dile never got a chance to showcase his skills due to an injury, but you can’t blame the club for cutting him loose. The book on Dile when he was in Hamilton was that he was great when healthy, but almost never healthy. His performance in Blue Bomber camp this year did nothing to change that perception.

The injuries to Ivan Brown and Louie Richardson mean the Bombers will enter the 2015 regular season without a national back-up for Jamaal Westerman. Fortunately, the club will start eight nationals this season, allowing for an international to step in if Westerman gets hurt.

There’s no way Carlos Anderson doesn’t make this team if he stays healthy. Anderson’s injury likely saved Cameron Marshall his job.

The club will need to scratch two players from the above 46-man roster on game days. As it stands, I’d scratch one of Thaddeus Gibson and Derrell Johnson and one of Tony Burnett and Don Unamba. This would allow the club to keep two international running backs on the roster, something that could be a major asset in the backfield this season.

Just like last year, the Bombers will open the season starting two rookies in the secondary: Johnny Adams at weak-side cornerback and Demetrius Wright at safety. Fortunately, Moe Leggett will be back soon to reclaim his starting safety spot.

I figured Tim Cronk was toast when the Bombers signed long snapper Chad Rempel. Instead, Cronk competed for a fullback spot against newcomers Chris Normand and Ettore Lattanzio and won. Good for him.

People will always complain about injuries, but the Bombers actually got off pretty clean this year. Losing Moe Leggett and Addison Richards for the season opener hurts, but it’s a far cry from last season when Graig Newman and Ryan Lucas were lost for the year before the end of training camp. Increased roster depth also means that there’s no reason for the club to rush back Patrick Neufeld or Troy Stoudermire from the six-game injured list.

John Hodge, Blue Bomber Talk

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John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.