It was perhaps the most watched NFL Preseason game in Quebec on Sunday night when the Kansas City Chiefs played the Carolina Panthers.
That’s because two home-grown players faced off in the same game. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the Chiefs played at McGill University and David Foucault of the Panthers played at the University of Montreal.
Duvernay-Tardif was moved up with the second unit for the Chiefs and played 18 snaps, the same as he had played the week before but with the starters playing more, everyone else had less time.
Foucault played only five snaps after struggling mightily in his first game last week. It could mean that his chances of making the team are reduced heading into the third pre-season game, the last game before the first round of NFL cuts.
Foucault getting cut could be a good thing for the Montreal Alouettes. The Alouettes took him with the fifth overall pick in this year’s CFL draft. While Foucault will – rightfully – take every crack he can get to get on an NFL roster or practice squad, the CFL will be waiting.
And with the Alouettes Canadian depth on the offensive line not where it once was, he would be a welcome addition.
Foucault’s situation could be played out at the same time as Concordia alum Cory Greenwood. Greenwood, a linebacker, was the third overall pick back in 2010 by the Toronto Argonauts. He was cut by the Detroit Lions last week and has yet to pick up another NFL job.
The Argonauts still have his rights and also have a stacked linebacking corps including former Alouette Shea Emry.