in the next 10 days or so,players will begin to arrive for the 2013 Als training camp which will officially begin on June 2,2013. Every training camp there are positive and negatives surprises/expectations and 2013 will not be different; quite often, injuries to key players derail our expectations. Based on the current off-season roster and 2013 CFL draft, I am listing the players who,I feel, are on the bubble/in jeopardy. I also include/list second year players and rookies who,I feel,should/will replace a veteran and have a great season.
Players on the bubble/in jeopardy:
Bo Bowling. I,WR/KR. Third season in Montreal. Never a starter,unless players were injured. Not a good KR.
Jerald Brown. I,DB. Did not have a great season. Had to accept a salary reduction.Will need an exceptional training camp to remain with the Als.
Dahrran Diedrick.N,FB.34 years old. Often injured. Will be replaced by Messam.
Curtis Dublanko. N,LB. Gone. Not a good special teams players. Will be replaced by rookie Mike Edem on roster.
Kyries Hebert.I,S. Not a good S against the pass.33 years old. Coluld be tried as LB. Very good special teams player.May save him.
Chima Ihekwoaba. N,DE.Time to produce or he is gone.
Ejiro Kuale. I,LB. Him or Hebert to be on roster. Good special teams player.
Mike Lockley.I,DE. Question mark. Tough competition for his position.
Brian Ridgeway. N,LB. Mainly a special teams player. 29 years old. Could be replaced by rookie Nicolas Boulay who is currently 24 years old.
Seth Williams.I,CB. Against tough competion. Will need an exceptional training camp.
My names don’t include Eric Deslauriers; I personally feel that he is a good WR and I expect him to have a good 2013 season. I definitely don’t expect all the players that I have listed as gone,but I am positive that some of the listed players won’t be with the Als in 2013.
Second year players and rookies to watch:
Cody Brown. I,DE. A bust,like in the NFL,or a player that will compete for the starting DE.
David Clowney.I,WR. Could replace Bo Bowling. A KR.
Noel Devine. I,RB/KR.Was the talk of the 2012 training camp,but was an early deception,once the regular season began. Was eventually transferred to 9 game injury list. I have great expectations from him in 2013,particularly as a KR. Depth to RB.
Eddie Elder.I,DB. Will compete for the starting S.
Kenny Ingram. I,LB.I expect a great season from him in 2013.Could be tried as DE.
Kenny Iwebema. I,DE.He could replace Mike lockley as starting DE,along with John Bowman.Provided he is not injured, I expect a great season from him,in 2013.
Chris Jennings, I,RB.Will have a great season in 2013.Very good runner and receiver. Him,Messam,Devine and rookie Lumbala will form an excellent backfield.
James Kirkendoll. I,WR.Could replace Bowling. A KR.
Jordan Mabin. I,CB.Could replace Seth Williams.
Steve Octavien. I,LB.Could be tried as DE.
Ollie Ogbu. I,DT.I have great expectations from him in 2013. Should be the starting DT alongside Alan-Michael Cash.
Winston Venable. I,LB.The player that could replace Kyries Hebert on the roster. He played S for the Bears a few years back. Will be tried as LB with the Als,but could be the starting S.Very good special teams player. Fierce competitor/tackler. Only 26 years old.
Presently,the players that I feel/I hope will have an exceptional training camp/season and be starters with the Als in 2013 are:
Noel Devine. I,RB/KR.
Kenny Iwebema. I,DE.
Ollie Ogbu. I,DT.
Winston Venable. I,LB/S.
Main answers will come in the next 40 days or so.