From Ticats.ca …
The Tiger-Cats also announced the release of wide receiver Jacob Scarfone so he can return to Guelph University for the 2017 U Sports season. Scarfone was selected by Hamilton in the sixth round, 47th overall, in the 2017 CFL Draft in May.
There is a good news / bad news element to this story. It’s good for the Gryphons’ prospects this season but unfortunate in some respects for former CIS All-Canadian receiver Scarfone.
This is big news! In 2015, in his first year as a starter Scarfone burst onto the OUA scene. He filled the big opening left in the receiving corps when Alex Charette made the Montreal Alouettes roster.
In 2015 Scarfone made 57 receptions for 940 yards in 8 regular season games after recording just 8 receptions in his first two seasons.
Scarfone missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing knee surgery in June. He was not cleared to return to football until April which was after the CFL held their Combine. Obviously he sufficiently impressed the Tiger-Cats for them to draft him and keep him on their practice roster. In the long term it may be in Scarfone’s best interests to have an opportunity to play a 4th season of university football.
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A week earlier the Tiger-Cats made two other transactions involving former Gryphon players …
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Tuesday that the football club has signed three free agents to practice roster agreements, including international defensive back Dominique Ellis, international offensive lineman Ryker Mathews and national linebacker Curtis Newton.
Newton, 24, played in two games with the Toronto Argonauts this season before being released on July 11. The 6-2, 220-pound linebacker played in 16 games for the Argonauts in 2016, registering five special teams tackles. The native of London, Ontario, was originally selected by Toronto in the fifth round, 40th overall, in the 2016 CFL Draft. Newton played in 29 games over four seasons (2012-15) at the University of Guelph, registering 139 defensive tackles, 16 tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks, four interceptions, six pass breakups and three fumble recoveries.
The Tiger-Cats also announced a series of other transactions on Tuesday.
The following two players have been released:
NAT – DB – Tristan Doughlin
NAT – OL – Mathieu Dupuis
The Ticats re-signed Tristan Doughlin (he was with them in training camp) and put him on their practice roster a week or two earlier.
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UPDATE – Receiver Alex Charette has a new CFL team.
Argos press release here.
Charette, a 6-1, 200-pound native of St. Catherines, Ontario, has played in 27 career CFL games after being selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the fourth round (36th overall) in the 2015 CFL Draft. His most productive season came in his 2015 rookie year when the Guelph product hauled in 24 receptions for 208 yards in 18 games.