Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Roster Is Set

The roster is set. After releasing players on Thursday and earlier today, the Ti-Cats have shaped their roster to what it will look like when the season opens in less than a week against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The team got its roster down to the mandatory 53 (42 active, four reserves, seven on the practice roster) by 4:00PM today and did so in a multitude of ways. Some players were released outright, some placed on the injured list, and others put on the practice roster.

Out of the guys released, the only real surprise is Defensive Tackle Demonte' Bolden. Bolden will likely be picked up, at some point, by another team.

The other cut of note is the release of Kicker-Punter Eric Wilbur. Wilbur and Justin Medlock staged an epic battle for the kicking position, which neither player seemed to want to cede to the other. It was an all-time great Training Camp competition that saw Medlock prevail as the better man. Wilbur has nothing to be ashamed of, and I hope he finds a job somewhere. He was a class act all the way, and you root for players like that. If something ever happened to Medlock, I would love nothing more than to see Wilbur back in Black & Gold.

And with that, Training Camp is done. Now it's time to focus squarely on the start of the 2011 CFL regular season.

1 comment:

  1. I was surprised by Bolden, but Smith seems to have outshone him. Good luck to Wilbur too - classy guy and talented player.

    My only concern is we have but one active backup for the defensive line. Those guys will need their stamina for sure. Chamblin's schemes will have some wrinkles we haven't seen yet so maybe that will compensate, but a strong D-line often sets the tone.