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Who’s In? Who’s Out? The B.C. Lions have reloaded!

Lions look primed and ready for 2013

All right, with a series of roster moves the BC Lions have re-shuffled the deck this off-season, it’s time to sit back, re-gather and let the great debate begin on whether GM Wally Buono made the right decisions.

But before we preview the future we should review the past with a little who’s in and who’s out.

Who’s In

Quarterbacks

Rudy Carpenter.  A 6’2” 220lb chucker out of Arizona State.  The former Sun Devil has been on the roster for two NFL clubs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys.  He also had a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Receivers

Justin Harper. 6’3” 215lb from Virginia Tech who was acquired by BC in a trade with Saskatchewan.

Elvis Akpla. 6’1” 190lb from Travis Lulay’s alma mater Montana State.  He was a Free Agent signee earlier this month.

In comes Rudy to backup Lulay

In comes Rudy to backup Lulay

DJ Woods. 6’0” 180lb from the University of Cincinnati.  Actually signed by the Leo’s in October for their practice roster, could see an expanded role in training camp.

O-Line 

Johan Asiata. 6’4” 300lb Tackle from UNLV who has been with Saskatchewan.

Levi Horn. 6’7” 315lb Tackle out of the University of Montana was once part of the Chicago Bears organization.

Andre Ramsay. 6’5” 322lb Tackle from Ball State who saw some time on the Buffalo Bills roster.

All three of the newest O-lineman were free agent pick-ups that signed with BC in April.

D-Line

Julius Williams. 6’2” 265lb Defensive End from Connecticut that came over in a trade with Edmonton.

Adrian Awasom. 6’5” 280lb Defensive Tackle from North Texas who was acquired in a trade with Toronto.

Steven Doege. 6’3” 230lb Non Import prospect from the Okanagan Sun BCJFL program. Doege trained with the Lions for the most part of last season and will look to have a bigger impact with the club in 2013.

Who’s Out

Quarterbacks

Mike Reilly. BC’s resilient back-up was dealt to Edmonton where he looks to take on the starting role in the Alberta capital.

Receivers

Geroy Simon. In case you’ve been living off the grid, Superman has left the building, for the Riders.

Arland Bruce III. Released by BC in January and has since signed with Montreal.

O-Line

Jesse Newman does not appear on the active roster list but I’m not sure if he has been released by BC or has retired from the league.

Geroy Simon Lions

Superman has left the building

D-Line

Khalif Mitchell. A possible addition by subtraction situation, the troubled but effective DT was dealt to Toronto.

Linebackers

Anthony Reddick, the veteran outside linebacker was released, most likely to give Lin-J Shell or Solomon Elimimian additional playing time.

Defensive Backs

Cauchy Muamba, the young safety was made available in the free agent market where Winnipeg picked him up to play alongside his brother Henoc.

Byron Parker, we hardly knew you.  The veteran cornerback only played on season with the Lions after being an off-season acquisition in 2012.

It was definitely an eventful off-season for Buono and the coaching staff as there have been some major departures but also some shiny new pieces to work with, but now that everyone is up to speed on who is still hanging around the Surrey practice facility, we can now set our gaze on the up-coming draft and let the speculation begin on whose names the Lions should call.

Onwards and upwards.

Cheers, The Bartender.

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