Jonathon Hefney Winnipeg DB. - Surprising in that he is a good player and recent all star. Not so surprising in his attitude. Burke made it public that the DBs better shape up or they will ship out. Hefney already starting off in bad terms from Burke for his refusal to play Sam LB which caused huge amount of problems for the entire season.
To me it is not so surprising that he was the one made an example of.
Pacino Horne Toronto DB - in the wake of a great first season in the CFL and playing a great Grey Cup game Horne is on the outside looking in. Horne was not on time for camp for reason's still yet unknown so whatever is going on may have likely led to his release.
So it was probably a surprise for the Argos who were probably counting on him to come back even better than last year and that would be expecially important with McCoulogh gone in free agency.
Quincy Hurst Toronto WR/return specialists/special teams - All reports since mini camp had Hurst as being much imporved healthy and on top of his game. He may not have been ready to start at Rec but certainly appeared similar to Chad Owens and was being looked at as a returner. Also there was talk last year and this that his speed and strenrth for a smaller player made him a great potential gunner on special teams while honing his receiveng skills. What makes it even more surprising to me is that he is a Canadian player whose verasatility on special teams as well as his potential to be another speedster rec like owens made for a better than avg Canadian Player to fill one of those 20 roster spots.
I am not so sure whats going on with the Hurst situation but from all reports things looked great perhaps he could not get the offense and they are looking in other diriection with import Trent Guy to help Owens with return duties.
It is just hunch but I would not be surprised to see him getting a shot in Saskatchewan. They had a similar player last year in Ismael Bamba in which just did not seem to have much sense. With Hurst being a possible return guy as well as a punt team gunner as was talked about with Bamba last season Hurst could be that guy as the Riders are also looking for some depth in the Canadian Rec situation with there best right now being much injured Rob Bagg and so far underachieving Jordan Sisco and Getz who will start but still is being heckled about early season dropsies.
Levi Brown Saskatchewan QB - not so surprising to me. he came in with a little hype certainly more then the two who got onto the roster last year in back up Drew Willy and NFL 10 year veteran JT O'sullivan. Not looking so hot in the pre season game and the new QB looking much better if he could not win the 3rd spot not much reason to keep him around as the number 4 again. He was supposed to be giving Drew Willy a run for his money as the #2 guy