Black Friday: Caleb Holley, Matt Mengel among those cut as Elks release ten

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The Edmonton Elks have made a flurry of roster moves, parting way with ten players on Friday including several starters.

Among the Americans released who had started games this year were receiver Caleb Holley, punter Matt Mengel, defensive back Jeawon Taylor, defensive end Pharoah McKever, and running back Sherman Badie. Starting Canadian receiver Mike Jones was also cut, as first reported by 3DownNation.

The most recognizable name to CFL fans, the veteran Holley had played in two games this season as an injury replacement. He recorded eight catches for 101 yards.

Mengel had excelled as the team’s primary punter, playing in six games and averaging 47.2 yards per punt. He was rendered replaceable when the team traded for Canadian Jon Ryan earlier in the week.

A converted tight end, McKever played three games on defence and recorded three tackles. Taylor started four games at strongside linebacker, recording nine tackles and one sack. Badie played in three games, carrying the ball 26 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Jones started all seven games for the team at field wideout, hauling in just eight of the 21 targets thrown his way for 100 yards.

Three other Canadians — running back Jamel Lyles, receiver Ente Eguavoen, and defensive back Nate Hamlin — were also shown the door, as was American quarterback Ben Holmes. The team also released American linebacker Ricky Walker from the suspended list.