Pretty Simple, list 5 (or more) players that you think will have a break out year in comparrison to other years, doesn't matter if they are already established in previous seasons who do you think will or needs to?
Well, I can't pick five players from my Montreal Alouettes that I truly think are going to breakout, since there's a lot of new faces on defense this year for the Als, but, aside from the likes of Rod Davis and Aaron Hunt, who will doubtlessly have an impact, I think two players in particular that might have breakout seasons could be Eric Deslauriers on offense and Seth Williams on defense.
With the retirement of Watkins, Deslauriers could very well become a starting receiver thanks to his NI status, which would give the Als flexibility elsewhere. If he does grab a starting job at receiver, he could potentially have his best season.
As for Seth Williams, we saw him fill in admirably for what was nothing short of a destroyed secondary for the Alouettes last season. With some experience under his belt, and the fact that Montreal has been working tirelessly on their defense over the off-season, Williams could maybe even be the new Marc Estelle for the Alouettes.
1 - Bakari Grant - I think last season was just the tip of the iceberg as far as his potential.
2 - Stevie Baggs - I think he will be better utilized this year and show the CFL he's a still a force to be recokened with
3 - Martell Mallet - If he brings 80% of what he had in BC to the table, our running game will do quite well
4 - Eddie Steele - A young D. Lineman that now has some experience, look for him to shut down the run
5 - Chris Williams - I suspect with Thigpen gone, Williams will be taking over return duties. If he starts finding seems, his speed could easily make him a special teams force. That is if you don't feel a rookie of the year performance is enough.
Andy Fantuz however I don't expect big things from unless opposing Defences play dumb. He's going to be making our other receivers look good while he pulls double coverage. If opponents don't match up with him right though, with Burris who has a big arm, look for him to start catching some long bombs.
Darcy Brown - I’m not sure if he’ll be playing much this year. With two all-star non-import receivers, we may end up leaving them in and going with an import TE/FB.
Bakari Grant - He’s one of the ones I didn’t include because I thought he played well last year. But then, he could very easily become even better, so I’m adding him to my list.
Robert Rose - Again, with Baggs and Peach at DE, he probably won’t be playing thee. But if he ends up at DT, he could make a name for himself. And there’s my fifth breakout player.
Terry Grant - Oh, yeah!
Ike Brown - And another player who probably won’t be seeing the field much outside of special teams, given our strength at LB.
A dark horse for me is Jeremy Kelley, assuming we re-sign him. I don’t see him cracking the starting line-up at receiver this year, but the guy is a heat-seeking missile on ST. In the few games he played last year, he made, or at least contributed on, an impressive number of tackles. He always seemed to be the first guy on the returner, and with his size (wing-span?), was able to bottle him up all by himself.
aha kind of picked me apart here :lol: thats fine, every point you made was valid but I couldnt pick obvious players so I am going to defend myself sort of :lol:
Brown-The guy is a monster, hes a slotback in a fullbacks body and I really think Cortez is going to recognize this guys talent and do what he can do implement him into the offense, who says we can only have two great non-imports on offense
Grant- I agree he was good last year but id like to see him start every game, he can easily break 1000 yards, but with all our talent at receiver, if Hank spreads the ball around, i think we will have maybe one 1000yards receiver (maybe Andy, maybe Williams or maybe even Bakari...I LOVE TALENT :lol: ) and 2 or 3 other guys with 800+
Robert Rose- The guy was a monster at Dtackle at the end of the year, it just seemed like every play I was watching this guy push the offensive line backwards, also Baggs and Peach wont be able to go every down, same with our Dtackles, Rose will definetly get his fair share of snaps this year...i hope
T-Grant- self explanatory, guy is a player, give him the ball, watch magic happen
Ike Brown- I specifically meant he was going to just be a dominate force on special teams, and I think he will get a few snaps on D too, but everyone knows Marc Beswicks name, why? hes a special team demon, Ike Brown will be too (already was before his injury)
just thought I'd explain my choices, havent been posting a lot lately so nice to talk some football again
also I love your Jeremy Kelley pick, the guy was great of ST at the end of the season, and know who else was a great ST that no one seemed to really notice, Bakari Grant, I remember in the Montreal game at home (not labour day) he just destroyed the returner before half time, I was standing in the endzone and was just like WOW...that was Bakari!!