The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released national running back Johnny Augustine, Canadian receiver Brett Blaszko and former NFL draft pick Jacoby Ford.
The Riders signed Augustine in February after acquiring his negotiation list rights in the double secret neg list draft in December. He went unselected in the 2016 CFL draft, but attended training camp with the Eskimos.
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound ball carrier returned to the Gryphons for his fifth and final USports year. Augustine rushed for 690 yards and nine touchdowns on 122 carries (5.7 yards-per-carry average). He played in 35 games for Guelph producing 2,742 yards and 28 touchdowns with 483 rushes.
Blaszko was a third-round pick, 23rd overall, by the Lions in the 2016 CFL draft. He was released by B.C. during final training camp cuts last season and later picked up by the Bombers who traded him to the Riders for a 2018 draft pick. The University of Calgary Dinos product played two games for Saskatchewan in 2017.
Ford, the receiver and returner, re-signed in February He stands at five-foot-nine and 185 pounds, originally signed with Saskatchewan last September and spent seven weeks on the Riders’ practice roster. The 30-year-old was a fourth-round pick, 108th overall in the 2010 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders. He has played 38 regular-season NFL games between 2013 and 2014 making 57 receptions for 848 yards and three touchdowns, 201 rushing yards and two touchdowns adding 1,874 kick return yards and four touchdowns.