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Tiger-Cats’ Defence Gets Boost with DL David Menard, Special Teams with Punter Nik Constantinou

As the third week of training camp starts for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, they continue to look for personnel who can elevate their level of performance at critical positions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have announced that they have signed National defensive lineman David Menard and global punter Nik Constantinou and released American defensive lineman Jarrod Hewitt. The additions of Menard and Constantinou could provide a significant boost in areas where Tiger-Cat needs more depth and production.

Defensive lineman David Menard is a 6’1″, 259-pound defensive lineman from Chicoutimi, Quebec. He played U Sports football at the University of Montreal. Menard came to the Tiger-Cats after being released by the BC Lions on May 2nd. The veteran CFL defensive lineman was drafted by the BC Lions in the fourth round of the 2014 CFL Draft.

Menard started his CFL career with the BC Lions from 2016 until 2018, where he played in 58 games, recording 30 tackles and 9.0 quarterback sacks. In 2020, Menard signed with the Montreal Alouettes, and in 2021, he played in 14 games for the Alouettes, registering 18 tackles and 8.0 quarterback sacks. After the 2021 season, Menard returned to the BC Lions, where he played from 2022 until 2023, playing in 36 games for the Lions, and during his second stint in BC, he recorded 31 tackles and added 12 quarterback sacks. In 2021, Menard was a CFL East All-Star and received the Law Hayman Trophy.

Nik Constantinou, a 6’3″, 225-pound punter from Melbourne, Australia, is the latest addition to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Before joining the CFL, Constantinou had a stint with the Denver Broncos. Constantinou played college football at Texas A&M from 2019 until 2023, where he showcased his punting skills in 48 games. The native of Australia punted the ball 101 times for 8,126 yards, averaging 42.5 yards per punt. His longest punt was an impressive 65 yards, and he placed the ball inside the 20-yard line 76 times. These numbers reflect his precision and ability to control the field position, which will be valuable for the Tiger-Cats.

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Aaron Sauter is a 23-veteran high school football coach that is also an fan of all levels of football. He is especially interested in alternative football leagues like the CFL, UFL, and IFL. Aaron enjoys analyzing innovative schemes on offense and defense during his free time.
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