Crunch Time

Crunch Time

On August 27 NFL teams reduced their rosters to 75 players.

The number of Canadians on NFL rosters shrunk from 18 to 17. Saskatoon’s Jorgen Hus (LS) was released by the St. Louis Rams.

Ottawa’s Christo Bulikidi is one Canadian who appears to have a job secured.

David Wilson of The Raider Nation Times puts together a weekly ‘risers and fallers’ list during the preseason. Despite being soundly defeated by the Saints in week two, David Wilson of the Raider Nation Times included Bilukidi, in his weekly ‘risers and fallers’ list. Bilukidi played NCAA football with the Georgia State Panthers and was drafted by Oakland in 2012.

Wilson notes: The pass rushing aspect of his game leaves room for work, but Bilukidi was rock solid against the run. He stood up blockers, pursued down the line, and helped the linebackers make plays. He is a rotational player, but continues to show he was worthy of selection in last year’s draft.

Kingston’s Cory Greenwood will spend the 2013 season on injury reserve. Greenwood injured his shoulder in the Lions recent 24-6 exhibition loss to Cleveland and will require season-ending surgery. After the 28-year old clears waivers the Lions are expected to put him on injured reserve.

In St. Louis, USA Today’s Jeff Curry notes that Saskatoon’s Jorgen Hus is a likely candidate to be cut by August 27:

There should be some very obvious and easy cuts; quarterback Tim Jenkins, kicker/punter Brett Baer and long snapper Jorgen Hus come to mind right away. While these players may very well have what it takes to play in the NFL, they were brought into camp with the knowledge that they were there to take some of the pressure off established veterans during longer and hotter summer practices. These players realize that they have virtually no chance to make the team, and are grateful just to have the ability to showcase their skills in an NFL camp. Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold discusses Philip Blake’s slip down the depth chart during training camp. Blake, a Toronto native, was a fourth round pick of the Broncos in 2012. Blake served as Robert Griffin III’s centre at Baylor.

“The Broncos approached Jeff Saturday, retired and now an ESPN analyst, as well as Eugene Amano about the (centre) job, and neither of those players have been in offseason programs . . . . The recent signings have also taken some practice reps and moved one of the Broncos’ own draft picks – Philip Blake, a fourth-rounder in 2012 — down the depth chart.”

On the eve of his 32nd birthday, Detroit Lions reporter Kyle Meinke sits down with native Calgarian Nate Burleson and talks about potential retirement.

“The gregarious Burleson likely will be considered for a TV job after his playing days conclude, a notion he seems to embrace”

Tennessee Titans blogger Chris Strauss includes former CIS Regina Ram Stefan Charles in his fun “five most important useless facts about the Tennessee Titans” piece.

“Undrafted rookie free agent defensive lineman Stefan Charles has never played American football before . . . If the 6-foot-5 defensive tackle from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan makes the Titans roster, he’ll be joining former linemate Akiem Hicks (drafted in the third round by the Saints in 2012) as the second player from the Canadian university in the NFL. Unlike Hicks, who grew up in California, Charles is a native Canadian and has played his entire career on longer, wider fields with only three downs per possession.”

Finally Austin Collie, who was born in Hamilton, Ontario,  is part of a very tangled depth chart at the receiver position in San Francisco.

Collie has struggled with concussions, but it wasn’t long ago that he caught sixteen touchdowns over four seasons with Peyton Manning’s Colts.

Christo Bilukidi

Christo Bilukidi