During the Stampeders first preseason game against the B.C. Lions, the World’s Fastest Cow was defeated in the break between the first and second quarter. This prompted an online furor about whether or not the best in-game entertainment that Calgary has to offer had lost a step and would be replaced by a younger, cheaper cow.
“Football is a replacement business,” tweeted former Stampeder Randy Chevrier, who recently saw his long career come to an end.
On Sunday morning across the league, players awoke to find out whether or not their best efforts were enough to capture a roster spot or if they had been replaced.
The day before saw some big name cuts in other cities. Here in Calgary, the Stampeders took until the very last minute prior to the deadline to announce who didn’t make the club.
Veterans no longer with the club include former first-round pick, defensive lineman Randy Colling, and receiver Anthony Parker.
Parker played in 108 games for the Stamps with 178 catches, 2,245 yards and 15 TD’s which included winning it all with the team in 2014.
It was the emergence of Julan Lynch and Richard Sindani from the 2017 draft class, alongside Juwan Brescacin and the impending return of Lemar Durant that made the seven-year veteran expendable. National depth at the position may be at it’s best in years for the Red and White.
With a very crowded receiving corps, which includes Internationals Kamar Jordan, Davaris Daniels, Reggie Bagelton, Marken Michel, and the returning Eric Rogers, there may only be room for a single national receiver. With the four nationals remaining, the Stampeders felt as though Parker was expendable.
Despite some consistency issues that drove Stamps fans mad over the years, it would be surprising if this jack of all trades doesn’t find a cheque elsewhere. Parker was referred to as the guy who had to know everything as he was the first guy to go in for an injured teammate over his time here able to play any position in the system when called upon.
Colling was a first round pick in 2017 and struggled to find a spot here behind Derek Wiggan and Junior Turner. He was even auditioned on the offensive line when a rash of injuries at the position last year saw the 315-pounder cross to the other side. However, another former defensive lineman, Quinn Smith, has that spot locked up.
Others that showed out at camp but find themselves released include receiver Nick Truesdell who had a pair of TD catches last week in Regina, and defensive back Dagogo Maxwell who will be returning for another season of seasoning at the University of British Columbia.
A TD pass in Regina was enough to earn quarterback Larry Brihm Jr. a practice roster spot beside standout defensive back Gump Hayes, receiver Markeith Ambles and seven others.
Two defensive linemen, Micheal Kashak and Brandon Peguese were put onto the six-game injured list.
Terry Williams seems to have won the starting running back spot with Rushel Shell III being released and Romar Morris practice roster bound, but look for Don Jackson to see some carries, especially if Williams continues to excel in the returner spot.