We got an email from a reader the other day; it’s about L’Damian Washington latest attempts to make it in the pros, and I wanted to share.
I haven't seen it posted on RMN, so thought I would pass along that LDW has been working his way into the CFL. I believe today or tomorrow are final cuts to see if he makes the Bombers. I haven't read the comments lately and have been out of town, so sorry if this has been covered. I usually keep close tabs on what you all cover. He's one of my Mizzou favorites and I thought other fans would like to cheer him on. If anyone deserves a break, he does.
In yesterday's preseason game he played one half. He had two catches for 89 yards. One was for 60 yards to the 7.
Heres a few articles about him:
On the other side of the ball, 6-foot 4-inch L’Damian Washington has turned heads since arriving on May 31st. Washington played at Missouri and has been with 7 NFL clubs since graduating. He also spent some time last year on Edmonton’s practice roster. “He picked up the play book very well, knew his stuff very well, he’s fast, very fast, and given his height, that’s an interesting combination. He has made some excellent catches the last couple of days and now we will get him in a game and see how he does” said O’Shea.
O’Shea says the pre-season game tell the final tale on all the newcomers. How they perform when the lights come on is always the ultimate test. And that first test for the Bombers comes Saturday night in Regina.
On Saturday, the Blue Bombers posted their season-opening roster, and Washington had made the cut.
Starters: WR Darvin Adams, WR Julian Feoli-Gudino*, SB Weston Dressler, SB Clarence Denmark
Reserves: Ryan Lankford, L’Damian Washington, Matt Coates*, Addison Richards*
Practice roster: Derek Yachison*, T.J. Thorpe
The list of those out-right released was topped by veteran receiver Kenny Stafford and also included two players who appeared in games last season in defensive end Shayon Green and receiver Gerrard Sheppard, two 2017 CFL Draft picks in defensive tackle Ian Marouf and receiver Brendon Thera-Plamondon, 2016 selections Zachary Intzandt, an offensive lineman, and defensive tackle Rupert Butcher.
Washington made the cut over a veteran, which can’t be a bad sign, and if you’re looking for a new CFL team to adopt, there you go. Mizzou’s had a few recent stars making waves in the CFL. Here’s to hoping L’Damian is the latest.
Washington was a fan favorite throughout his Mizzou career. He overcame a rough childhood (which included losing both parents at a young age), showed up in Columbia a middling recruit, and proceeded to catch 100 passes for 1,735 yards and 15 touchdowns in black and gold. Best of luck to him.