The Tiger-Cats have announced that they signed five players this week. Hamilton signed American offensive lineman Moses Johnson, National wide receiver Richie Sindani, American defensive back Caesar Williams, American defensive back Brandon Easterling, and American defensive back Roger Cray Jr. As the off-season comes to a close, Hamilton must get as many prospects as possible signed so that they can get an accurate evaluation of each player before they are required to cut players in preparation of training camp.
The 2023 CFL Draft on Tuesday, May 2nd, indicates the close of the off-season and the start of the pre-season for the 2023 season. Rookie Training Camp starts May 10th, Hamilton will cut the roster to 85 players by May 13th, training camp officially begins May 14th, and cut the roster to 75 players by May 16th.
Let’s learn about the newest Tiger-Cats as the 2023 training camp approaches quickly.
Additions on Offence
The Tiger-Cats must add as much depth as possible to their offensive line and receiver position groups. On the offensive line, the Tiger-Cats added 6’5″, 300-pound offensive tackle Moses Johnson who played collegiately at Sam Houston State at the NCAA FCS level. Richie Sindani is also a National wide receiver that comes to Hamilton as an experienced CFL veteran.
Sindani is a 6’2″, 220-pound wide receiver with four seasons of CFL experience with the Calgary Stampeders. From 2018 to 2022, he produced 92 catches for 986 yards and three touchdowns. To start 2023, Sindani spent time with the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL. Sindani was an 8th-round draft pick for the Calgary Stampeders in the 2017 CFL draft after playing U Sports football at the University of Regina (2013-15) and the University of Calgary (2017).
Additions on Defence
Defensively, the Tiger-Cats need added depth in their defensive backfield. During the 2023 off-season, the Hamilton defense lost several players as free agents. The defensive backfield is critical for coaches to evaluate due to their role as defenders and potential special teams contributors.
Caesar Williams is a 6’0″, 188-pound defensive back from Grand Prarie, Texas. Williams played college football at the University of Wisconsin from 2016 until 2022, where he accumulated 100 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, 27 pass breakups, and one forced fumble. In 2022, Williams spent time with the Tiger-Cats and the Los Angeles Rams.
Brandon Easterling is a 6’0″, 206-pound defensive back from Fairborn, Ohio. Easterling played college football at Dayton University from 2017 until 2021; he played 39 games. Easterling produced 272 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, nine interceptions, two pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and one recovered fumble. He also participated in NFL training camp with the New York Giants in 2022.
Roger Cray Jr. is a 5’9″, 175-pound defensive back from Lake City, Florida. He started his college career at Western Kentucky (2017-2020) and played his senior year at Old Dominion University (2021) at the NCAA FCS level. During his only season at Old Dominion, he produced 39 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception, and broke up 13 passes.
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