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Roy Finch

Running Back  Free Agent

STATUS:  Out   INJURY TYPE:  Personal   EST. RETURN  7/1/2018
Height:   5' 7''   Weight:   175

May 2, 2018    Roy Finch News

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Finch is stepping away from the game of football to "[focus] on my mental, physical and spiritual health along with accepting my role in the current legal proceedings. I am grateful for the support of family and friends and look forward to returning to my Calgary family in July if granted the opportunity."

Finch was detained by police in mid-April, with charges in the report including assaulting a police officer and possession of marijuana. "Roy has entered a program in Oklahoma to help him deal with personal matters and any pending legal processes will begin after that time," said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. "We continue to wish Roy the best and hope to be able to provide more information in July." This is a significant blow for the Stampeders, as Finch was a key part of their offensive and special teams gameplan. Last season, he rushed 21 times for 114 yards, caught 18 passes for 133 yards, returned 73 punts for 1,200 yards and three touchdowns, and returned 26 kickoffs for 696 yards.

Roy Finch: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

April 16, 2018

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Finch was arrested Sunday on multiple charges, reports.

Charges in the report included assaulting a police officer and possession of marijuana. Considering the investigation is just beginning, we won't speculate on any sort of suspension for Finch, but look for additional updates to be provided over the next few weeks. Finch re-signed with the Stampeders back in February after establishing himself as a key special team's player as a returner last season.

February 13, 2018

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Finch signed a deal with the Stampeders through the 2019 season.

Finch was the top return man in the CFL last season after he returned 73 punts for a team-record 1,200 yards and three touchdowns in addition to reaching 696 kick return yards. Finch also operated as a tailback, rushing 21 times for 114 yards and even caught the ball out of the backfield 18 times for 133 yards. Most of his value, however, is expected to come from his special teams play.

November 2, 2017

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Finch (ankle) is listed as the second-string running back ahead of Friday's game against Winnipeg.

It remains to be seen how much time Finch will actually spend on the field this weekend after missing the past three games due to an ankle injury. With the team already locked into the top playoff spot and a bye into the Western Final on Nov. 19, Finch may only play sparingly during the Week 20 contest.

October 27, 2017

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Finch (ankle) will be held out of Saturday's game against Edmonton.

Finch is set to miss a third consecutive contest while nursing an ankle injury. With his absence, the team is only carrying two running backs on the active roster, with Jerome Messan starting at the position and Dominique Williams serving as his backup.

October 19, 2017

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Finch (ankle) will not play in Friday's game against the Roughriders.

Finch will miss his second straight game as he continues to recover from his ankle injury. The Stampeders still expect him back at some point this season, but there currently is not a target date for his return.

October 12, 2017

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Finch (ankle) was left off the active roster for Friday's game against Hamilton, Danny Austin of the Calgary Sun reports.

Finch suffered a minor ankle injury during the Stampeders' last contest in late September, and will be forced to miss at least one game while recovering from the setback. In his place, expect Tunde Adeleke to cover the punts while Terry Williams takes over the kick return duties.

October 10, 2017

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Head coach Dave Dickenson does not believe the ankle injury Finch suffered in Week 15 is serious, NewsTalk 770 CHQR reports.

Dickenson did not reveal a timeline for Finch's return, but he expects to have him back at some point this season. Whether that's next week, in the postseason, or somewhere in between for the playoff-bound Stampeders remains to be seen.

September 25, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Finch carried once for nine yards, posted three receptions for 25 yards, logged 55 yards on eight punt returns and tallied 42 yards on two kickoff returns in Sunday's 15-9 win over the Roughriders.

The versatile third-year pro provided solid production in all areas on an afternoon when the Stampeders offense generated steady but unspectacular numbers as a whole. Finch's three catches equaled his second-best total of the season and he's now logged at least one carry in all but one contest. While his opportunities from scrimmage figure to continue limited unless starting RB Jerome Messam succumbs to injury, Finch has weekly appeal as a salary-saving DFS tournament option due to his work as a returner.

September 17, 2017

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Finch logged one rush for one yard, one reception for six yards, 174 yards on six punt returns and 56 yards on a pair of kickoff returns in Saturday's 27-13 win over the Lions.

The 25-year-old running back ripped off a 66-yard punt return and also added a 47-yarder, posting his season-high yardage total in that category in the process. Finch has only carried the ball 20 times this season, but he could be in for an expanded role as a tailback in Week 14 versus the Roughriders if Jerome Messam (head) is unable to suit up. If he does indeed project for extra opportunity next week, he'd make for a highly appealing and modestly-priced DFS play, given his already significant involvement on special teams.

August 19, 2017

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Finch carried the ball once for minus-2 yards, caught two passes for 15 yards and added 135 return yards in Friday's 21-17 win over the Lions.

On a night when both offenses struggled to move the ball. Finch's ability to flip the field proved to be crucial as he set up Rene Parades' first and fifth field goals of the game with strong returns. Finch's limited touches on offense behind Jerome Messam put a firm ceiling on his fantasy value despite his ability in the open field, however.

August 3, 2017

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Finch carried the ball five times for 13 yards, caught one pass for 12 yards and racked up 243 return yards, including a 103-yard punt return for a touchdown, in Thursday's 41-24 win over the Argos.

The 25-year-old doesn't see a lot of touches on offense behind Jerome Messam, but he's remained one of the CFL's most dangerous special teams weapons after topping 2,000 return yards in 2016. Thursday's punt return TD was his second of the year, and should anything happen to Messam, Finch would become a priority add in all fantasy formats.

July 30, 2017

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Finch carried the ball three times for 35 yards, totaled four yards on his sole reception, compiled 147 yards and a touchdown on seven punt returns and added 38 yards on his one kickoff return in Saturday's 60-1 win over the Ti-Cats.

The reserve running back and returner extraordinaire impacted the game in impressive fashion Saturday, notching a punt return touchdown for the second straight campaign. Finch is averaging an impressive 15.9 yards per punt runback after posting an eye-opening 14-yard average last season. His rushing touches are naturally limited behind Jerome Messam, but given the Stamps' tendency to play in some high-scoring games, his return upside makes him a viable DFS punt play each week.

July 13, 2017

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Finch will resume his role as Calgary's backup running back and return man after completing a two-game suspension.

Finch was forced to sit out the last two games for violating the league's drug policy, but he will get back on the field in Week 4 and pick up the same tasks he opened the season with.

June 26, 2017

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Finch was suspended Monday for two games after violating the league's drug policy.

Finch tested positive for D-Amphetamine, which is a substance banned by the CFL. The backup running back will be eligible to return to the field on July 14th against the Alouettes, but for the two games he is absent, the Stampeders will likely need another running back in addition to starter Jerome Messam.

June 22, 2017

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Finch will open the season as the Stampeders' backup running back.

Finch moves up a spot on the depth chart after working mainly as the No. 3 back last year. It remains to be seen how many touches he will get when the Stampeders have the ball, but expect him to do some damage in the return game: Finch finished second among regular returners in average yards per return on both punts and kickoffs a year ago.

October 21, 2016

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Finch (arm) will not play in Friday's game against the Argonauts.

Finch will sit out for the second game in a row due to the arm injury he suffered in Week 16. Jamal Nixon figures to handle the return duties again for the Stampeders in Finch's place.

October 14, 2016

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Finch (arm) will not play in Saturday's game against the Alouettes.

Finch will miss at least one game due to the arm injury he suffered in Monday's contest. The Stampeders have not revealed who will handle the return duties in his place.

October 11, 2016

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Finch left Monday's game with an arm injury, according to Danny Austin of Postmedia, but the injury is not believed to be serious.

The injury leaves Finch's status in question for the Stampeders' next game Saturday, but he should have a chance to take the field.

September 25, 2016

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Finch posted 92 yards on eight punt returns and added 205 yards on six kickoff returns in Saturday's 36-34 victory over the Blue Bombers.

The prolific return specialist got a robust workload in the back-and-forth contest, returning a heaping helping of punts in the first half when the Stamps stymied the Bombers consistently, and then putting in serious work in the second half on kickoffs as Winnipeg chipped away at the sizable deficit. Although the 24-year-old is used sparingly from scrimmage (six total touches), he's posted 1,762 combined yards on punt and kickoff runbacks, while adding 198 yards on six missed field-goal returns.