Redblacks release 20, including 2024 fourth-round pick Jahquan Bloomfield

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The Ottawa Redblacks have released 20 players ahead of the CFL’s roster cutdown deadline, including fourth-round draft pick Jahquan Bloomfield.

The native of Châteauguay, Que. was taken with the 35th overall pick in the 2024 CFL Draft and was expected to compete for a depth role as a national receiver. He split his collegiate career between the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Prairie View A&M University, catching 33 passes for 665 yards and three touchdowns.

Other recent draft picks to be released included 2023 fifth-round receiver Daniel Perry and seventh-round defensive end Alexander Fedchun. The remaining 17 players released can be seen below.

  • American defensive back Abu Daramy-Swaray
  • American defensive back Jaylon McClain-Sapp
  • American defensive back Tywan Francis
  • American defensive back Dishon McNary
  • American defensive back Jordan Jones
  • American linebacker Kaleb Oliver
  • American defensive lineman Divine Obichere
  • American defensive lineman Gerald Willis III
  • American defensive lineman Carson Taylor
  • National long snapper Simon Chaves
  • American receiver Jon’Vea Johnson
  • American receiver Andre Miller
  • American receiver Ryan McDaniel
  • American running back Ronnie Brown
  • American offensive lineman Austin Myers
  • American offensive lineman Samuel Jackson
  • National offensive lineman Cooper Hamilton

The team has also placed the following 12 players on their practice roster:

  • National defensive back Dawson Pierre
  • National defensive back Yani Gouadfel
  • American defensive back Eli Stove
  • American defensive back Adrian Frye
  • American defensive back Bennett Williams
  • National linebacker Zachary Philion
  • Global linebacker Heston Lameta
  • American running back Kylin Hill
  • National offensive lineman Eric Starczala
  • American offensive lineman Drake Centers
  • Global offensive lineman Hector Zepeda
  • Global offensive lineman Isaac Moore

The Redblacks have a bye week to open the 2024 regular season, before hosting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET.