RichardVeilleux

Today, the Washington Redskins  have signed Willie Jefferson.

Richard

Chief

All the best to these guys, but I hate losing players to the NFL.
2015 Grey Cup Champions

Paolo X

Quote from: "Chief"
All the best to these guys, but I hate losing players to the NFL.

I guess because we are the champs, we got more attention from the NFL this year?

Who were the last two or three Eskimos' players to head South?
Best Regards, Paolo

Chief

Boulay and Miller signed extensions. Not exactly earth shattering. I have this bad feeling that Jones is waiting to poach Sherritt and Stafford.

http://www.tsn.ca/eskimos-sign-boulay-m ... s-1.429928

Update: Read on the Edmonton Journal site that the extensions are for 2016 and 2017. Also, we're apparently paying Bowman $250,000.

EsksfansDan1964

We need to sign Grymes and Sherrit. Offer sufficient to keep Kendial but with Joe McKnight in the mix Lawrence may be gonzo. I would make a play for Capicotti, Jermaine Gabriel, Courtney Stephen, Watman and maybe Cory Greenwood or Plesius if Sherritt leaves.

Chief

I believe Grymes is trying out for the NFL, so we might lose him.

EsksfansDan1964

He's tried out for a few teams but has not been offered a tryout contract. Hopefully when and if he does not get one offered he will come back into the Green & Gold Fold.

Chief

Crap day for Edmonton. Stafford went back to Montreal and Sask signed Chambers. At least we kept John White.

Chief

Lawrence goes to Sask (big surprise). This wouldn't bug me so much if we hadn't already lost Chambers (also to Sask, big surprise) and Stafford. Our offence is taking a beating in FA.

On the bright side, Sherritt is here through 2017! I will drink a sixer to that news!  :rockin:

http://www.cfl.ca/2016/02/10/esks-re-si ... -sherritt/

EsksfansDan1964

Quote from: "Chief"
Lawrence goes to Sask (big surprise). This wouldn't bug me so much if we hadn't already lost Chambers (also to Sask, big surprise) and Stafford. Our offence is taking a beating in FA.

On the bright side, Sherritt is here through 2017! I will drink a sixer to that news!  :rockin:

http://www.cfl.ca/2016/02/10/esks-re-si ... -sherritt/

Lawrence while a good player very versatile was in my opinion made expendable by the Esk's signing Joe McKnight in December.

I like the signing of McKnight

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=70918&draftyear=2010&genpos=RB

Name: *Joe McKnight (+) Coming off toe injury
College: Southern California     Number: 4
Height: 5-11   Weight: 198
Position: RB  Pos2: WR/KR
 Class/Draft Year: Jr/2010
40 Low: 4.30   40 Time: 4.40  40 High: 4.51
Projected Round: 4  Stock:   High: 2-3  Low: 4-5
 Rated number 9 out of 131 RB's    


03/04/15 - RB Joe McKnight was a sensational find for the Chiefs last year after the former Jets runner and returner sat out most of the 2013 season. With a strong preseason, McKnight earned a roster spot and contributed in two early games with a pair of touchdown catches. But a knee injury ended his season with 13 games left. If healthy, he could return.
 


09/30/14 - RB Joe McKnight will go to the injured-reserve list at some point on Wednesday. McKnight suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in practice last week and is headed for surgery and no chance to return in 2014.
 


09/30/14 - RB Joe McKnight was placed on reserve/injured by the Chiefs Tuesday (Sept. 30).
 


09/26/14 - RB Joe McKnight was diagnosed with a ruptured Achilles tendon and is headed for surgery that will end his 2014 season. The injury occurred during Thursday afternoon's practice and he becomes the third Chiefs player this season who suffered a ruptured Achilles. Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito both went out in the season opener and they are now on the injured reserve list. After his performance against Miami last week where he caught two touchdown passes and had a nice kickoff return, losing McKnight is a huge blow to the Chiefs' depth and takes away a potential weapon from the offense and special teams. "It's unfortunate because he did have a tremendous game on Sunday," said offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. "It tugs at your heart a little bit because he battled through injury here and injury in New York (Jets) and sitting out of football and knowing just how hard he worked, the time and effort he put in going all the way back to the OTAs. He was a guy that brought energy to that room and brought another skill-set to use. I just want to get him healthy and get back as soon as possible." McKnight did not play in the 2013 season after he was released last August by the New York Jets. He signed in January with the Chiefs. No prognosis was given by head trainer Rick Burkholder when he announced the injury to the media Friday. "He's in the evaluation process right now and we are trying to determine when he'll have the surgery and who will do the surgery," Burkholder said. "It will be up to coach (Andy) Reid and (general manager) John Dorsey to decide his status on the roster." McKnight had 132 all-purpose yards on 10 touches last Sunday against Miami. He had one rushing play for three yards, caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns and returned three kickoffs for 65 yards. He certainly was looking forward to playing the Patriots. During his career, McKnight did a good job returning kickoffs again
 


09/21/14 - RB Joe McKnight was a revelation Sunday with six catches for 64 yards and two scores. McKnight also gained 65 yards on three kickoff returns. McKnight is still only 26. He showed flashes in his first three years in the NFL, all with the Jets. In 2011, for example, he averaged 31.6 yards per kickoff return, including one for a touchdown. He averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return in 2012 before sitting out last season.
 
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http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl-news/144384-prospect-profile-joe-mcknight-rb-usc







 Strengths: Is an elite athlete with top-level explosiveness and playing speed. Can stop and start in a flash, which helps him make quick, sharp cuts and make tacklers miss. Has the explosive cutting ability to get to and through holes fast. Combines good balance, agility and coordination to make tacklers miss; is a legit TD threat any time he gets the ball in the open field. Has foot quickness to accelerate to full speed in a flash; outruns some players with angles on him and gets the corner when he bounces runs outside. Has natural, soft hands. Catches the ball well out of the backfield and is a dangerous runner after the catch. Has shown the ability to be a dangerous returner.

Weaknesses: Has a slight frame and struggled in college to avoid injuries, including many minor dings; must prove he is tough enough for the NFL. Is not an aggressive runner and has a tendency to dance to avoid contact while searching for a hole. Tries to bounce almost all rushing attempts outside if he does not see a hole initially; will not lower shoulder and attack line of scrimmage to gain tough yardage. Is not good in short-yardage situations. Runs upright, leading to hard hits and limiting his ability to run after contact. Does not gain nearly as many yards after contact as you would expect for someone with his elusiveness. Uses bad technique as a pass blocker; often lunges at rusher's feet rather than stepping up and blocking aggressively. Does not seem like an instinctive runner; often fails to follow blockers like the play calls for. Had ball-security issues in college; needs to do a better job of wrapping up ball with both hands.

Bottom line: McKnight left school early for the draft and definitely could have helped his stock by staying in school for another season. He lacks the thickness to be a durable NFL starter and will have to prove he is tough enough to be a major contributor at the next level. There is little doubt that he has the elite athleticism, top-end playing speed and explosiveness to make big plays when he gets the ball in the open field, but he is not a tough or aggressive runner, and he struggles to gain yards after contact. While many want to compare McKnight to Reggie Bush, who has been a disappointment in the NFL, McKnight was not close to being the player Bush was at USC. We have a feeling McKnight will be over-drafted because of the athleticism he will show at the Combine and in his personal workout. We would not use a first or second-round pick on him because we have not seen enough to be confident he will become a productive NFL player. He is best suited to be a mid-round pick who can be tried as a third-down back. To succeed in that role, he must greatly improve his pass blocking and protect the ball much better.

For more than 200 player scouting reports from Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts -- plus updated mock draft, Super 99 rankings and more -- go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

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http://www.nfl.com/draft/2010/profiles/joe-mcknight?id=497192


Joe McKnight (RB)


Height:
5'11"

Weight:
198 lbs.

Arm Length:
31 3/4 in.

Hand Size:
9 1/8 in.

College:
USC

Conference:
Pac-12

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 Selected by: New York Jets
 Round: 4
 Pick (Overall): 14 (112)
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Pick Analysis: The Jets add a talented playmaker in Joe McKnight. The scat back from Southern California has exceptional open-field ability, and his skills give the Jets another weapon to use in their running back rotation. He could be valuable insurance in the event that Leon Washington's recovery takes longer than expected.

 
OVERVIEW


ANALYSIS


WATCH

 

Overview



McKnight is an elusive ball carrier that knows how to set up his blockers and does not need a huge lane to run through. He enjoyed his first full season staying healthy in 2009 and declared early to take advantage of that. He finishes his runs off better than you’d expect for someone his size. He is not a power back but does know how to dip his pads to run through arm tackles and will attack tacklers with an explosive burst. He shows a good burst through the hole and while he has good speed to threaten deep he will get run down from behind at times. He can be an effective receiver both out in the flats as well as downfield.



Strengths


McKnight has elite quickness and agility for the running back position. Has good speed in the open field. Shows impressive vision, waits for the play to develop, finds the cutback lane. Very competitive with the ball in his hands and plays with the attitude of a bigger back. Was productive in college. Exhibits a natural feel setting up blockers.

Weaknesses


McKnight has enough height but lacks the bulk and thick build of an every down back. Doesn’t possess the natural strength to be consistently effective between the tackles. Dealt with some minor injuries in college while sharing the load. Blocking could use some polish. Isn’t a true power runner.

Grade



7.2

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http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap1000000078662/McKnight-kick-returns-it-for-100-yd-TD

[video=youtube;_Un0oaSn4fw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Un0oaSn4fw[/video]

Chief

Looks like we signed WR Natey Adjei from the Argos. Not sure that makes up for losing Stafford and Chambers...

slant

Not sure the Esks "lost" Stafford. Apparently they never offered him a contract.

Chief

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Not sure the Esks "lost" Stafford. Apparently they never offered him a contract.
Really? I wonder why not...  :?

slant

Quote from: "Chief"
Quote from: "slant"
Not sure the Esks "lost" Stafford. Apparently they never offered him a contract.
Really? I wonder why not...  :?

Yeah, I wonder why as well. He had a good year. Perhaps something behind the scenes?

Chief

DE Oramasionwu was re-signed. We also signed DB Neil King.

http://www.cfl.ca/2016/02/17/esks-re-or ... neil-king/

However, some potentially alarming news. I was glancing at our FA list, and I noticed we've lost two people from our o-line, one to Sask (do they want our colours and stadium too?) and one to Hamilton.
 


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