Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Storm

Storm receiver Ellingson tries CFL

TAMPA — For the second time in less than a month, the Storm lost a key receiver to another league.

Greg Ellingson, who starred at Robinson High, signed with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Wednesday. Ellingson wrapped up the Tiger-Cats' three-day rookie minicamp and will start Hamilton's two-week training camp Sunday.

"The field is obviously a lot bigger, so there is some adjusting to the nuances," he said. "It's different, but at the same time it's still football."

CFL fields are 110 by 65 yards, plus 20-yard end zones; AFL fields are 50 by 28½ yards, plus 8-yard end zones.

Ellingson had been outstanding for the Storm, ranking seventh in the league in catches (71) and fifth in yards (987).

Storm wideout Joe Hills missed two games while at a tryout with the NFL's Panthers.

Ellingson, 24, was placed on the other league exempt list, allowing his return to the Storm if things don't work out with Hamilton.

Comings: Tampa Bay signed former USF DL Claude Davis and Boise State DB Jerrell Gavins. Davis, a Lake Gibson grad, played two seasons with the Bulls. The 6-foot-2, 257-pound Davis finished his USF career with 17 tackles, seven for loss and six sacks in 24 games. He spent time with the NFL's Jets as an undrafted free agent.

Gavins started 14 games in four seasons at Boise State, recording 103 tackles, seven interceptions and 14 passes defended.

The Storm will also get DB Rashad Barksdale back off injured reserve this week. Barksdale has 25½ tackles, one interception and a fumble return for a touchdown. He was placed on injured reserve after hurting his knee April 20 against Orlando.

And Goings: The team released OL Abdul Kuyateh and placed DB Vance Cuff on the inactive reserve list.

Shorthanded: Four starters are out tonight at Iowa, including the entire defensive backfield. DBs Chris Smith, De'Audra Dix and Cuff won't play, and DL Tank Tyler is also expected to miss the game.

Standings: With last week's 73-55 home loss to Philadelphia and Jacksonville's 44-41 win against Orlando, Tampa Bay fell to 6-4, a game behind the first-place Sharks in the South Division.

Scouting the Barnstormers: The Storm is 5-5 all time against Iowa, which is last in the Central Division but one game behind San Antonio and Chicago for the division lead. The Barnstormers (4-6) have lost two straight. . … QB J.J. Raterink left last week's loss against Arizona with a foot injury but is expected to play. He owns the league's eighth-best QB rating (110.2) and has thrown for 2,285 yards, 45 TDs and six INTs. … Marcus Harris has 58 catches for 851 yards and 17 scores, all team highs. … Iowa's pass rush has been so-so, with 14 sacks, but its 18 INTs are tied for second in the AFL with Tampa Bay. Ter'Ran Benton has five picks. … The AFL's most notable alum, QB Kurt Warner, played for the Barnstormers from 1995-97.