TiCats Add 5 Players - Feb 27, 2014

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that the team has added five import players to their roster: receivers LaMark Brown, Brandon Collins and Rashad Evans as well as running back Mossis Madu and defensive back James Rogers.

Brown, a 6-3, 220-pound native of St. Louis, Missouri,spent four weeks on the Ticats practice roster last season after stints with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings. In one season at Minnesota State-Mankato, he caught 31 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns.

Collins, a 5-11, 185-pound native of Brenham, Texas,split his collegiate career between Southeastern Louisiana and Texas, hauling in a total of 153 passes for 2,051 yards and 12 touchdowns. He spent time with the NFL’s New York Giants in 2012 and 2013.

Evans, a 5-9, 187-pound native of San Francisco, California, caught 138 passes for the 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns in four seasons at Fresno State. He spent two weeks on the Ticats practice roster last season after attending training camp with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

Madu, a 6-0, 197-pound native of Norman, Oklahoma, suited up with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets following his collegiate career at Oklahoma. In four seasons at OU, he had 219 carries for 1,026 yards and nine touchdowns while adding 780 kick return yards with the Sooners.

Rogers, a 6-0, 188-pound native of Detroit, Michigan,saw action with the Tiger-Cats in 2013, recording seven defensive tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception in three games after signing as a free agent on September 13. The Michigan product previously spent time with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos as well as the AFL’s Arizona Rattlers and Kansas City Command.

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Some history on Brandon Collins:

The NFL announced Monday that Brandon Collins has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Collins will be eligible to return to the Giants’ active roster September 30. He was an undrafted rookie last year out of Southeastern Louisiana who made some noise in the offseason before spending the year on the team’s practice squad.

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Some more on Collins …

Collins played 2 seasons at the University of Texas before transferring to Southeastern Louisiana University. In 2007, Collins played in 7 games as a freshman and had 2 special teams tackles. As a sophomore at Texas in 2008, he played in 12 games with 3 starts and caught 35 passes for 430 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was [b][u]academically ineligible[/u][/b] for the 2009 season. He was kicked of the Texas team when he was [b][u]arrested for aggravated robbery[/u][/b].[1] In 2011, he caught 61 passes for 746 yards and 5 touchdowns. In his first season at Southeast Louisiana, Collins played in all 11 games with 8 starts and was second on the team with 56 catches for a team-high 875 yards (15.6-yard avg.) and 4 touchdowns. He also returned 13 punts for 88 yards.
... Hopefully he's learned from his mistakes ... 3 transgressions already though ...

I agree - doesn’t exactly sound like the type of “character player” that Austin prefers but if he has cleaned up his act, then good for them for giving him a chance. First sign of trouble, I suspect he’ll be out on his ear!

Saw a tweet from Simoni Lawrence (I think - could be another player) that indicated RB Madu was a great sign - he is supposedly much like Gable and that can’t be bad! :smiley:

Ya … Tweet was from Simoni.

Highlights of Mossis Madu while he was @ OU. (Was a team mate of Brian Simmons)


NFL Highlights while he was with Tampa Bay.


What game did Rogers get a pick ? Cant recall.

Last game in Winnipeg.


Madu and Rogers look like they might have a shot of sticking,the other 3 are just basically bodies for training camp,the team is well stocked in import receivers as it is(Grant,Jones,Tasker,Koch,Banks)can't see any of these 3 making the final cut.Madu has a good shot of replacing Walker as Gable's back-up and Rogers dressed for three games last year,and didn't play too bad when he got his chance.Collins seems to bring a lot of baggage with him,Evans doesn't really have any size clocking in at 5'9" 187lbs and Brown"s size is okay at 6'3" 220lbs but just who has ever heard of Minnesota State - Mankato?plus he's already bounced around with 4 different NFL clubs already and hasn't stuck with any of them(T.Bay,Buffalo,Atlanta,Minnesota).If anything these guys might be practice roster material players at best,but regular roster,highly unlikely.