Not quick on cuts
Only two of 15 released veterans have been picked up by other CFL teams
By JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN
The final verdict on Danny Maciocia's off-season roster purge won't come until deep into the upcoming season.
But with CFL training camps opening this weekend, Maciocia's hack job is getting good early reviews from the majority of competing CFL head coaches.
Of the 15 veteran players released through the off-season, only two are going to other CFL camps on Sunday.
Just two. That's it.
Steve Charbonneau and Randy Spencer found a home with the Montreal Alouettes.
The rest of the discarded players are out of the CFL.
Troy Davis - the Esks' leading rusher last season - is still sitting around waiting for the phone to ring from a CFL team.
"Most teams are pretty well set with their running backs at this time but I think the situation could change," said Bob Kirchheimer, Davis's North Carolina-based agent.
"We have talked to some teams and there is possibly some interest.
"Right now teams want to see what they have (at training camps). They certainly know that Troy is out there.
"We would like to think that there is still some football in the works for Troy at some point in time."
Davis has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of the last five seasons - including 1,060 yards last year for a 5.6-yard average.
"I guess before the season starts you look to get a little bit younger," reasoned Kirchheimer about his 31-year-old client.
Now the Davis camp is just hoping teams will start to look for experience or injury replacements once the regular season starts.
Donny Brady believes he is still in shape to play.
But he doesn't believe he will be back in the game for a seventh season at defensive back.
"I spoke with a couple of teams briefly (after being released by the Esks), but I haven't heard anything from anybody (lately)," said Brady from Maryland yesterday.
"I don't think I am going to play.
"I really don't want to play no more.
"I am ready to move on in my life, try bigger and better things."
The 33-year-old is considering opening a gym/training centre.
As for the rest of the departed crew, they are scattered across the globe.
Andre Sommersell is trying to keep his football career alive by playing for the Acufon Lions Bergamo in Italy.
At last report, Rob Leblanc was still in the high-stakes business world jetting across the continent.
And others - Reggie Durden, Quincy Stewart, Roosevelt Williams and Anthony Floyd - have dropped off the football map.
FINISH LINES: Keyuo Craver could make it three ex-Esks in the CFL by later this summer.
The import defensive back is in the midst of a stellar Arena League season with the Arizona Rattlers. He is third in the league with 87 total tackles while adding two interceptions.