Lions decide Price is right for third-string role

 

 
 
 
 
B.C. Lions quarterback Keith Price looks for an opening against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during first half pre-season CFL action in Regina on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
 

B.C. Lions quarterback Keith Price looks for an opening against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during first half pre-season CFL action in Regina on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Photograph by: Mark Taylor, Vancouver Sun

Quarterback Greg McGhee — a highly touted NCAA quarterback personally recruited by former B.C. Lions head coach Jeff Tedford last year — was one of 10 players released by the Canadian Football League on cutdown day Saturday.

The left-handed McGhee, a dual threat QB from Howard University, finished his second training camp with the Lions last week and was bypassed in favour of former Washington Huskies starter Keith Price.

Price becomes the third option behind starter Jon Jennings and backup Travis Lulay.

The Lions also released two other players of CFL standing — Canadian offensive lineman T-Dre Player and import receiver Terrence Jeffers-Harris.

Player, a member of the Manitoba First Nations, made the Lions 46-man roster coming out of their 2014 training camp and started for the team in his rookie season. His golden moment came in his CFL debut. Starting at left guard, the 22-year-old Player switched to tight end in a short yardage situation and caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Glenn against the Edmonton Eskimos.

A fifth-year CFL veteran, Jeffers-Harris spent all but one week of the 2015 season on the Lions’ practice roster. With the sudden retirement of starting wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins in training camp this year, Jeffers-Harris had an opportunity to stake his credentials as a starter.

However, two dropped balls in Friday’s 31-21 preseason defeat to the Calgary Stampeders — including one that would have been a touchdown — probably sealed his fate.

Import defensive backs Chandler Fenner and Royce Adams, import wide receiver Kendrick Ings and linebacker Victor Aiyewa, another former Washington Husky, were also let go.

Ex-Simon Fraser University kicker Tiernan Docherty, linebacker Auston Johnson and receiver Derek Yachison — all Canadians — were among the other cuts. Johnson is the son of Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker Alondra Johnson. Yachison, a former Kamloops Broncos junior, made a strong bid to stick at training camp before a knee injury compromised his prospects.

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B.C. Lions quarterback Keith Price looks for an opening against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during first half pre-season CFL action in Regina on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
 

B.C. Lions quarterback Keith Price looks for an opening against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during first half pre-season CFL action in Regina on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Photograph by: Mark Taylor, Vancouver Sun

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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