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BC Lions Release 9 Players Including Former Indianapolis Colts Draft Pick WR Dezmon Patmon

The BC Lions have released 9 players following the May 14 roster cut date requiring teams to trim their rosters down to 75 players.

Players released:

RB Ronald Awatt, WR Jadakis Bonds, WR Bryson Daughtry, DB Alonzo (LJ) Davis), DL Tipa Galeai, DB Dawson Marchant, OL James Moore, WR Dezmon Patmon, DB Bryce Watts

RB Ronald Awatt – Texas-El Paso (6’0, 213 lbs, 26 y/o)

Ronald Awatt was signed in mid-January by the Lions. He played in 42 games with 21 starts with Texas-El Paso from 2017 to 2022. He rushed 369 times for 1,781 yards (4.83 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns with the program. He also recorded 17 receptions for 235 yards. He had 1,578 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns over his final 2 seasons.

He signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2023 although he was waived in August.

WR Jadakis Bonds – Hampton (6’3, 206 lbs, 24 y/o)

Jadakis Bonds signed with BC in January. He played in 40 games with 27 starts while with Hampton from 2018 to 2022. He caught 180 passes for 2,731 yards and 34 touchdowns while with the program. He is the program leader in career receiving touchdowns and is third in the program’s history for receiving yards.

Bonds signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2023. He was waived in late August by the Packers. He caught 2 passes for 60 yards in the preseason.

WR Bryson Daughtry – Elon (6’1, 197 lbs, 23 y/o)

Daughtry played in 49 games for Elon from 2018 to 2022. He caught 132 passes for 1,944 yards and 13 touchdowns with the program. He was Third Team All-CAA by Phil Steele in 2022.

Daughtry was with the BC Lions through training camp last year and was released amid final roster cuts. He caught 2 passes for 45 yards in last year’s preseason.

DB Alonzo (LJ) Davis – Northern Arizona (6’2, 200 lbs, 25 y/o)

L.J. Davis played for Southern Utah from 2017 to 2021 where he appeared in 32 games with 15 starts. He was Second Team All-Big Sky Conference in Spring 2021. He recorded 34 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, and an interception with the program.

Davis played his final year with Northern Arizona in 2022 where he played in 11 games with 6 starts. He made 20 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 11 passes defended, and 2 interceptions that year.

Davis signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2023 although he was waived during final roster cuts. He made 1 solo tackle, an assisted tackle, and a pass defended in the preseason.

DL Tipa Galeai – Utah State (6’5, 235 lbs, 27 y/o)

Tipa Galeai signed with BC in late January. He played for Texas Christian from 2015 to 2016 where he played in 17 games. He made 13 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries while at the program.

He played for Utah State in 2018 and 2019 where he played in 25 games with 24 starts. He recorded 60 solo tackles, 59 assisted tackles, 23 tackles for a loss, 15.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, and a touchdown at Utah State. He was named Second Team All-Mountain West in 2018 and 2019.

Galeai was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2020 where he spent 3 seasons. He played in 13 games and recorded 9 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, and a sack with the Packers. He was placed on injured reserve in October of 2022 and later released in December of 2022.

DB Dawson Marchant NW Oklahoma State (6’2, 195 lbs, 24 y/o)

Dawson Marchant was drafted in the 7th round of the 2024 CFL Draft by the BC Lions. He played for Northwest Oklahoma State in 2022 and 2023. He played in 21 games over which time he recorded 43 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 5 passes defended, and an interception with the program.

He previously played for Simon Fraser University where he recorded 27 tackles and 9 passes defended as a true freshman in 2019.

OL James Moore – Central Washington (6’5, 300 lbs, 28 y/o)

James Moore was signed by the Lions in late January. He played left tackle at Central Washington from 2014 to 2018 where he appeared in 42 games. He was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2018. Additionally, he was First Team all-conference in 2017 and 2018 and Second Team in 2016.

Moore spent 12 weeks on the BC Lions practice roster in 2022 before he was released by the club. He played for the Houston Roughnecks in the XFL in 2023 and played in 9 games with 6 starts. Pro Football Focus graded him 33rd in pass blocking and 60th in run blocking out of the 77 XFL offensive linemen graded last season.

WR Dezmon Patmon – Washinton State (6’4, 225 lbs, 25 y/o)

Dezmon Patmon was signed by BC in late March. He played in 41 games with Washington State from 2016 to 2019. He recorded 156 receptions for 1,976 yards and 13 touchdowns with the program.

He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft 212th overall. He played in 10 games with the Colts and caught 4 passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. He spent portions of the 2023 season on practice squads with the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers.

Patmon was most recently with the Michigan Panthers of the United Football League. He was removed from the Panthers roster on March 21 just ahead of final cuts.

DB Bryce Watts – Massachusetts (5’11, 180 lbs, 25 y/o)

Bryce Watts was signed by the Lions in January. He played his final season with Massachusetts in 2021 where he appeared in 12 games with 8 starts. He recorded 25 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 5 passes defended, and an interception in 2021.

He was with North Carolina in 2019 and 2020 although he did not appear in any games with the program. He had to sit out in 2019 due to NCAA transfer rules. He recorded 24 solo tackles, 8 passes defended, and an interception in 2018.

Watts played for Virginia Tech in 2017 and 2018 where he played in 24 games and started in all 12 games in 2018.

He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2022 although he was waived from injured reserve in May of 2022.

He briefly had a contract signed with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL in January of 2023 was later waived in February and briefly claimed by the Arlington Renegades in February before being released. Watts ended up being with the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL in 2023 on the inactive list where McLeod Bethel-Thompson was the quarterback that season.

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