A roster change occasionally straddles a line between whether a player has lost his job through injury or the replacement is so good he can’t be removed. Right now, it’s likely safe to conclude that Andrew Hudson doesn’t care either way.
A solid performer at training camp when he earned a spot on the practice roster, the 24-year-old rookie defensive end from Washington will make his second straight start for the B.C. Lions when they face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium.
Hudson will play and Craig Roh, who was part of the injury deluge two weeks ago in Calgary, will not. Roh hurt his neck against the Stampeders, but since Hudson played well last week in his debut against Montreal the Lions are taking their sweet time letting Roh make a full recovery.
Wally Pipp has also been notified.
“The thing you like is that he’s been on the practice roster yet he’s worked hard. He’s put on extra weight,” coach/GM Wally Buono said. “At times against Montreal he was outstanding. Right now if he plays he can be that much better.”
“Day by day, pound by pound,” said Hudson, who is up to 255 pounds but admits the speed of the CFL game makes it difficult to add weight. “It just feels good for the work I’ve put in to mean something and that I’m here and belong here.”
Hudson is quite accustomed to exercising patience to show his stuff. In college, it was basically suggested to the native of Redlands, Cal., before Washington’s final home game in 2013 by coach Steve Sarkisian that Hudson should play his senior season somewhere else.
Sarkisian soon left U-W for USC shortly thereafter, however, and the new Huskies coaching staff led by Chris Petersen was only to happy to keep Hudson, who made himself a pro prospect the following season.
With the Lions, Hudson and Darius Allen were at times the best defensive players not named Mich’ael Brooks on the front four at training camp, earning a chance to stick. Hudson chipped in one of six sacks on the porous Alouettes offensive line last week, giving those who think the front four should be a combination of Brooks, Bryant Turner, Jabar Westerman and Alex Bazzie another option to ponder.
Brooks (ankle) also won’t play Saturday and neither will Canadian David Menard. The fact any of them also aren’t being rushed back says a lot about the Lions’ pressure game too at the moment.