The Hamilton Tiger-Cats eliminated 21 players before the CFL roster deadline, including American wide receiver Papi White.
The five-foot-nine, 170-pound speedy has played in 13 games since joining the Techets in 2021, catching 42 passes for 414 yards and a touchdown while adding 19 carries for 56 yards and 18 carries for 183 yards. The 26-year-old’s most memorable moment came in the 2021 Eastern Finals when he returned a kick 92 yards for a major.
Prior to his CFL career, White played in 43 games as a member of the Ohio Bobcats (2014-18), and caught 161 receptions for 2,620 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 91 times for 470 yards and six touchdowns.
American running back Trey Rajas was also released. Calvin Jackson Jr., Johnny Johnson, and Khalil Lewis; offensive linemen Jordan Putman and Moses Johnson; defensive linemen Ellison Hubbard and TJ Johnson; fullback Carlton Martial; Defensively, they back up Tony Collier, Roger Cray Jr., Kurtz Davis, Tyrone Hill Jr., and Caesar Williams; and kickers Jonathan Garibay and Ethan Rathke. Canadian midfielders Jared Bixma and Dayton Blackett, fullback Keon Edwards and forward Ben Kochwara have also been ruled out.
In addition, American wide receiver Justin McGriff was added to the club’s suspended list.
Hamilton named 12 players to his practice roster, including American fullback Tywin Fleet-Davis, receiver Levander Gallimore, offensive lineman Kendrick Sartore, linebacker Niles Pinckney and defensive linemen Carthel Flowers-Lloyd, Dexter Lawson and Will Sunderland. Also staying with the PR team are Canadian midfielders Patrick Burke Jr. and Robert Panabaker, defensive lineman Reese Martin, as well as world-class punter Blake Hayes and defensive tackle Chris Mulumba.
The Ticats are set to begin the 2023 season on Friday, June 9th on the road against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
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