Pull together: Argos make final roster moves ahead of 2021 season

The Toronto Argonauts have had a busy cutdown day, releasing eight players and confirming the signings of two players first reported by 3DownNation, American linebacker Vontae Diggs and American receiver Cam Phillips.

Diggs, 25, was Edmonton’s nominee for Most Outstanding Rookie in 2019 after tallying 73 defensive tackles, 11 special teams tackles, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 18 games for the Elks. The six-foot-three, 230-pound linebacker spent time with the Washington Football Team of the NFL in 2018 after four seasons at The University of Connecticut (2014-2017). The former Huskie recorded 183 tackles, three forced fumbles and one sack in 46 games played.

Phillips, 25, most recently spent time with Hamilton during the team’s 2021 training camp and the Carolina Panthers in 2020. The six-foot, 202-pound receiver was the XFL’s receiving yards leader after catching 31 balls for 455 yards and nine touchdowns in five games for the Houston Roughnecks. The North Carolina native played two games for the Buffalo Bills in 2018 catching one pass for nine yards. The former Virginia Tech Hokie spent four seasons at the ACC school (2014-2017) and hauled in 236 passes for 3,027 yards and 17 touchdowns in 52 games. Phillips was named First Team All-ACC in 2017 and MVP of the Belk Bowl in 2016.

The team also announced the release of the following players:

  • Canadian OL Maurice Simba
  • Canadian OL Ben Koczwara
  • American WR Rodney Smith
  • American DL Jhaustin Thomas
  • American DL Rickey Neal
  • American DB Tarvarus McFadden
  • American LB Jordan Moore
  • American QB Kelly Bryant

The following players have made the team’s practice roster:

  • Canadian LB Eric Mezzalira
  • Canadian OL Theren Churchill
  • Canadian WR Tommy Nield
  • Canadian DL Sam Acheampong
  • American WR Dres Anderson
  • American WR Damion Jeanpiere
  • American RB D.J. Foster
  • American LB Eli Mencer
  • American DB Jamal Peters
  • American LB Reshard Cliett
  • Global K Toshiki Sato
  • Global DB Tigie Sankoh
  • American LB Travis Feeney*
  • American DL Julian McCleod*
  • American OL Brandon Smith*
  • American WR Chandler Worthy*
  • Global RB Asnnel Robo*

The team also announced that American offensive lineman Jalen Burks had been placed on the suspended list and American defensive end Eli Harold on the disabled list.