The Calgary Stampeders released five players as part of the CFL’s initial training camp cutdown day. Those who were cut appear as follows.
American receiver George Campbell
Global kicker/punter Gerard Laws
American defensive lineman Kalil Morris
American receiver Bernard Reedy
American linebacker Darrell Williams
All five players were CFL rookies with the most notable being Reedy, who spent five years as a receiver and return specialist in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, and Arizona Cardinals.
According to the CBA that was amended for the upcoming fourteen-game season, all nine teams were permitted to have 100 players on the roster for the first ten days of training camp. Teams must reduce their rosters to 75 players plus non-counters following this ten-day period before a final cutdown day at the end of training camp.
A non-counter is any rookie who was drafted or attending training camp as a territorial exemption. Each team has a maximum of 15 non-counters, which means teams can keep up to 90 players following this preliminary cutdown provided all of their non-counters make the cut.
The number of non-counters in training camp is higher than normal this season because two national drafts have been held since the conclusion of the 2019 season.
Training camps officially opened on July 10, which means this ten-day window is set to expire shortly. Expect cuts to begin rolling in on Monday and continue as we get into Tuesday.
Active rosters will be made up of a minimum of 43 players and a maximum of 44 plus one reserve in 2021. Teams will dress only one global player — the minimum was two before the CBA was amended — and two quarterbacks. They can also choose to dress one fewer national player than is typically required.
Final cuts at the end of training camp will take place on Friday, July 30 with the regular season beginning on Thursday, August 5.