NFL cuts coming north

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

This is a tense week in the NFL as final rosters must be declared by Saturday, but there is a trickle-down effect to the CFL.

Every CFL team has scouted NFL training camps and is just waiting to bring in fresh talent once players get their walking papers.

There are notable names on the bubble such as RB Dominique Dorsey (Washington), DL Charleston Hughes (Philadelphia), Sam Giguere (Indianapolis) and Jamall Lee (Carolina).

But it's the names we haven't heard about that might have the most impact. A year ago, no one in the CFL would consider P.K. Sam to be an impact player, but he impressed in six games with the Toronto Argonauts when signing after stints with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.

CFL teams are looking to add his type of impact. In his first game back from the Buffalo Bills this season, Sam had two TDs against the Calgary Stampeders.

So with an exodus of players heading north for the winter, others will have to get released to make room. Plenty of CFL players need to solidify their jobs this weekend to make sure they aren't replaced.

The B.C. Lions don't appear to be getting either Stefan Logan (Pittsburgh) or Cam Wake (Miami) back to help with their struggles.

Opening drive

The Eskimos must be giddy at the thoughts of last year's leading receiver Kelly Campbell getting released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even if he does return to the CFL quickly, it's unlikely he will play in the Labour Day doubleheader with Calgary due to a leg injury. Still, the Eskimos already boast the league's best passing attack and they could add a player who led the loop in yards per catch a year ago ... If the Argos are going to avoid breaking the CFL's all-time home losing streak, they will need to beat a team .500 or better right now. In losing to the Stamps, the Argos moved into a third-place tie with Hamilton (1948-50) and Montreal (1968-69) with 10 straight losses at home. The rest of the schedule doesn't get easier as the opponents are Hamilton, Montreal, Edmonton, Hamilton and Montreal. Lose them all and they would have the record of 15 straight home defeats ... The Eskimos picked up regular season win No. 200 at Commonwealth Stadium by beating the Ticats. The chewed-up natural grass was a result of an AC/DC concert three nights previous. The Ticats were the ones left Thunderstruck after a final-minute game-winning field goal, the second straight intense win for the Eskimos at home.

Endzone toss

Tiger-Cats LB Jamall Johnson is a tackling machine in his first opportunity as a starter. The former B.C. Lions special-teamer is on a record pace with Hamilton, despite signing late and missing the season opener. Johnson is tied for the CFL lead with Winnipeg's Barrin Simpson (55) and is averaging 7.8 tacklers per game for a pace for 133 if he keeps it up. The Ticats record is 114 set by Zeke Moreno in 2007, while the CFL record is 129 held by Calvin Tiggle of the Argonauts ... Is it a coincidence the only two teams without a designated offensive co-ordinator are the bottom two in offensive yardage? Both Winnipeg and Toronto have left the offensive play-calling up to their respective head coaches, Mike Kelly and Bart Andrus.

Extra points

Stamps QB Henry Burris passed Doug Flutie for another franchise record and he's doing it in similar pace. Burris topped Flutie in number of completions (1,438) against the Argos but did it in 11 fewer attempts. Burris has played in one more game than Flutie did in his four seasons in Calgary ... Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly is no longer taking calls on his weekly radio show, meaning out-of-towners don't get to ask him questions. He will still take queries from fans at the bar where the show is done.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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