CFL Roundup 20.0

CFL Expansion Draft

When the CFL welcomes the next installment of the Ottawa franchise to the CFL, the league will be conducting an expansion draft to help fill the roster. It has been speculated that when the draft takes place in 2013, teams would only be allowed to protect one quarterback on their roster and would have to make available a number of starting caliber players from their active roster. You can read more of the details here.

If a team is only allowed to protect one quarterback, it could put the Esks in a bit of tough spot. After the 2012 season, Ricky Ray will be 33-years old, which means he will probably still have at least another couple of years left where he can play at a high level. Of course, the Esks could have a new starting quarterback by that time (Jared Zabransky???), but it seems likely that Ray is going to be around at least in the foreseeable future. So at point in time, does the organization expose Ray? It’s an interesting question to keep in mind for down the road.

Lumsden goes to C-Town

And the rich just keep on getting richer. With the addition of running back Jesse Lumsden to the team’s practice roster this week, the Calgary Stampeders have added a very impressive list of mid-season additions to their line-up. Lumsden, who declined an offer from Winnipeg last week, joins the likes of Dmitri Tsoumpas, Corey Mace, and Ahmad Carroll, who have all been added in the past month. Although not expected to join the active roster for at least a week or two, the move gives the Stamps even more depth in what is already a very talented backfield.

Bulcke update

Three games into the Stanford season, Brian Bulcke has recorded nine tackles including two for a loss while making two starts on the defensive line.  The Esks first round draft choice from the 2010 CFL Draft has played well from all accounts on the web as the Cardinal are 3-0 to start the season. Stanford will be playing Notre Dame this weekend in a game that should be televised here in Canada, so Esks fans might want to tune in to see a potential future member of the Green & Gold. Kickoff is at 1:30 MST on Saturday afternoon.

Golden Bears drop a tough one to Calgary

The U of A Golden Bears lost their first game of the season to the powerhouse U of C Dinos this past weekend in what must have been a very frustrating game for the team. The Bears jumped out to 14-6 lead at the start of the third quarter before the Dinos rallied late in the fourth quarter to win by a score of 23-14. The tough part was that the winning touchdown came on an interception return with just over six minutes remaining in the game. The Bears defence played outstanding football as they recorded four sacks and another five tackles for loss.

Former Esks quarterback deported to Texas

Former Esks quarterback Cody Ledbetter was shipped back to the United States this week to face charges in Texas. Ledbetter, who played with the Green & Gold in the 1990s was living in Ottawa.

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