A Closer Look At The Riders' Neg List
Published: Tuesday, Feb 20th 2018, 10:02pm
by Greg McCulloch (@GregOnSports)
After years of CFL fans clamouring for the negotiation lists to be accessible, the league gave the fans a small appetizer to the main course. Each team got to pick 10 names out of their 45-man list for the league to release to the public.
While some teams had some fun with their list, (BC Lions revealed 8 Quarterbacks), some showed off big names (Montreal revealed Colin Kaepernick), and there was one noticeable exclusion (No Johnny Manziel for Hamilton). On the other hand, the Riders put out a pretty balanced list with a ton of talent on both sides of the ball, some with pro experience and others with their entire future ahead of them.
Name: Josh Boyce
Boyce was drafted in 2014 by the New England Patriots and has a Super Bowl title to his name, and that’s about it. He caught 9 passes that year for 121 yards that season and was released in the offseason. He then spent time on the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns practise squads and is currently a free agent.
Name: BJ Daniels
College: South Florida
Daniels was a stud QB at University South Florida finishing his career 2nd all-time in Big East yardage. However, after being 3rd string with the victorious Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, Daniels was switched to WR by the Seahawks in 2015. He then bounced around the league with stops with the Texans, Giants, Bears, and finally the Falcons who moved him to running back but released him before this past season.
Name: Akeem Davis
Davis went undrafted in 2013 after switching from Safety to Linebacker in his senior year. He took a year off playing to become an associate coach at Memphis before signing a deal with Washington in 2014. He was released after preseason, then has since made stops in New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Jacksonville never playing a regular season game.
Name: Curt Maggit
Maggit went undrafted out of Tennessee and signed on with the Indianapolis Colts for the 2016 season. He played 9 games and registered 7 tackles before being placed on Injured Reserve. Released in 2017 he is a free agent.
Name: Luis Perez
College: Texas A&M-Commerce
Perez just finished his final year of collegiate eligibility and went out on top leading the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions to their second NCAA Div II title and first in over 40 years.
While not a name that will draw attention, Perez started his collegiate career as a walk-on at a community college 9th on the depth chart and worked his way to conference all-star and first-team All-American in his final year.
Name: Eric Pinkins
College: San Diego State
Pinkins was drafted in 2014 by the Seattle Seahawks out of San Diego State, made the active roster in 2015 before being released while on the injured reserve in September 2016. The New York Giants signed him a month later and he made the active roster in November.
He was released from the Giants before the 2017 regular season and has 3 tackles to show for it.
Name: Kevin Snead
Snead was nicknamed “The Fastest Man in College Football” with a 4.22s 40-yard dash in March of 2017. Snead was also a track star while playing football at Carson-Newman in Div II and his NFL scouting report was concerned that his 5 catches were not enough to gain an accurate report on.
However, his blazing speed alone was enough for the New York Giants to sign him to a tryout contract before this past season and was an injury buy out in August after injuring his leg.
Name: Daxton Swanson
College: Sam Houston State
Swanson went undrafted in 2013 after finishing his college career as the Sam Houston State interceptions leader. Initially signed by Indianapolis he has also made stops in San Francisco, New England, Tampa Bay, New York Giants, Miami, and Dallas.
Despite having no regular season NFL stats to speak of, he was on the active roster for the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX win.
Name: Adam Zaruba
College: Simon Fraser
The lone Canadian on the Riders released neg list, currently signed to a futures contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the 6’5” 265lb TE/FB only played one year of collegiate football and is considered a “raw” talent.
His interest from the NFL was due to his time on Team Canada for the Rugby Sevens on the world stage.
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