Hamilton Tiger-Cats make final cuts, hometown receiver among practice squad signings


Published July 29, 2021 at 11:16 pm


The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have parted ways with a dozen players, including a former NFL running back, ahead of Friday’s Canadian Football League roster deadline.

The cuts included running back Byron Marshall, who played in the NFL for Philadephia and Washington from 2016 to ’18. Hamilton also released wide receiver Cam Phillips, who led the XFL in receiving in 2020. Marshall Esokpunwu, a defensive tackle from Brampton, was also released.

The other national player who was released was linebacker Jarek Richards. Along with Marshall and Phillips, the 10 American players who have been released include defensive backs Adonis Davis, Marko Myers, Brad Stewart Jr. and Jean Ventose; defensive end Jalen Bates; linebacker Jeff Allison; offensive lineman Justice Powers; and wide receiver Jamire Jordan.

The Tiger-Cats, whose regular-season opener is on the road against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Aug. 5, also signed 17 players to their practice squad — four nationals, 10 Americans and three global players.

Wide receiver Tyler Ternowski, a Hamilton native who was a U Sports all-Canadian selection in 2019 with the Waterloo Warriors, is one of the four Canadian signings. Ternowski, 23, is also a graduate of Sir Allan McNab Secondary School.

The other national signings are offensive lineman Joseph Bencze, who played for the McMaster Marauders, along with defensive end Malcolm Campbell and long snapper Tom Schnitzler.

The 10 new American signings include defensive back Anthoula Kelly Jr.; defensive end Ronheen Bingham; defensive tackle Lee Autry II; linebacker Patrick Nelson; offensive linemen Jordan Murray and John Yarbrough; quarterback J’Mar Smith, and wide receivers Steven Dunbar Jr., Marcus Green and Papi White.

The three global additions are defensive end Valentin Gnahoua, defensive tackle Chris Mulumba and linebacker David Izinyon.

Hamilton starts the 14-game regular season with three road games before hosting the Toronto Argonauts at Tim Hortons Field in the Labour Day classic on Sept. 6.  

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