A Video look at some of the new Ticat hopefuls

  1. Just signed not yet posted on ticats.ca …Keyarris Garrett. WR Tulsa…Someone to get excited about very tall and athletic.looks great. put up huge numbers catching passes from our very own backup QB Dane Evans.

I noticed these 3 recently signee db’s all seem very aggressive and physical.

  1. Darius Allensworth DB California …Aggressive Tackler.
  1. Tre Dempsey DB North Dakota State…lots of interceptions. 197 tackles and 16 interceptions in 59 games.
  1. Jarrod Harper DB West Virginia - Very physical .
  1. Terrance Plummer LB ex Argo—Pretty big and fast and physical. Monster numbers at Central Florida. Showed well in Toronto.
  1. Justin Tuggle LB ex Argo - Very Athletic, hard hitter, Played in 32 NFL games, starting in 11. Kansas State. Plummer, Tuggle, Frey and Wacha all likely competing for the starting MLB spot . Tuggle looked good in Toronto.
  1. Tunde Adeleke Safety , SAM - National ex Calgary Safety- very fast - Carleton.
    This guy could start at SAM or Safety. Good on special teams and is an excellent kick returner. Was an all Canadian kick returner twice.
  1. J’Gared Davis DE . 3 years with CGY. Absolute Beast, likely should be in the NFL as an outside linebacker. He had 59 tackles which is really high for a Dlineman. Probably the best all-round DE in the CFL . Great against the run , doesn’t overly commit to the pass rush so he’s always around the ball and still provides a pass rush. After a game against CGY last year, June Jones said Davis belongs in the NFL. June coached against Davis when Davis was an All-star outside Linebacker at SMU.
    Too bad he only signed for one year.

#95 Calgary

#56 SMU

9 Cameron Marshall - RB - Had success in SASK and WPG after a standout career at Arizona State. Would likely still be with SASK had they not sign ex Ottawa RB Powell .Bruising back with nose for the end zone. Not a speedster but has a good 2knd step. If June Jones was not so high on Alex Green, I would suggest he could land the starting RB role

#32 WPG

#6 Arizona State

  1. Chris Frey was a standout at linebacker at Michigan State a fine football team .It would seem he could more likely be a candidate for MLB or WIL and likely not SAM. I think at a minimum he could be great addition to special teams. He could be a surprise starter. Ferocious tackler,
  1. RB/ WR Dontre WIlson out of Ohio State looks like a potential star. He excelled at RB and WR at a top program school. I predict that he makes the roster. He seems like a cross between Earl Winfield and SpeedyB. He runs with his head up looking for blocking and holes. Amassed 2,881 all-purpose yards in 45 games.
  1. WR Andrew Turzilli is 6 foot 4 195 with good speed and hands from Kansas then Rutgers . Has bounced around the NFL a bit.



  1. OT Vinston Painter 6 feet 4 318 pounds drafted in 6th round of 2013 NFL draft has played in over 20 NFL games playing for 4 teams. Will likely make the team possibly as a starter.
  1. DE Tobena Okeke - Fresno State. He played under Orlondo being Head Coach. He seems well suited for the CFL and too small for the NFL…Will have an edge as Orlondo knows what he can do. He could bump Howsare and maybe Tracy.

Junior year at Fresno State

  1. RB Ray Lawry - elusive and great success. Will really have to shine to beat out Cameron Marshall as backup to Alex Green. Old Dominion University football all-time leading rusher, compiling 4,080 yards on 660 carries over four seasons (2014-17)
  1. WR Cam Echols-Luper --went to 3 universities. World class speed, good route runner with good hands. He could be an odd man out considering the wealth in young talent coming in at WR. He was a QB in high school and has thrown the ball alot on trick plays which is a good asset to have. GOOd kick returner.

Western Kentucky

Arkansas State

TCU World class speed Punt Return

  1. WR Jaelon Acklin - 6 feet 2 and fast Western illinois–Has carried the ball a bunch of times.I`d rank him as the 4th best rookie receiver behind Dontre Wilson , Keyarris Garrett and Echols -Luper ahead of Andrew Turzilli .

I can’t recall us having such young high-end receivers in camp. It will make for some tough decisions and some good receivers let go.

We also have 3 or 4 free agent camps in May in the US. We drafted a beast of a DE first overall in the European draft. According to our GM Advisor Ken Barker, we were scrambling to add AAF players to our negotiation list along with the other CFL teams once the AAF folded. Teams are not yet able to sign any AAF players but that should change soon. They released DB Don Blackmon yesterday as well.

I can see some more current roster players being replaced by ex AAF players or CFL free agents. There is also alot of talent available via CFL Free Agency and I am guessing some bargains can be had since most teams have already spent alot with the exception of Ottawa.

Well below, I listed the quality CFL Free Agents that are still available and their price tags have likely dropped and it should be interesting to see where some of this talent goes, 31 year old EX BC 6 time all-star Offensive Tackle Jovan Olafioye retired to take on high school coaching job. I know from speaking to him directly that he was waiting for an offer and his salary expectations were far below his market value. .
He would have been a great fit in Hamilton at a bargain price to replace Rycker Mathews. That made me scratch my head and maybe they think Painter or Avery can handle the job at the league minimum salary. My gut tells me that Rycker won’t stick with the Patriots and I don’t see his name on their website roster. Now that the AAF players are going to be available at the 2 year league minimum salary. I would imagine that does not bode well for the remaining CFL Free Agents Salary expectations. We also have the Canadian draft coming up and we have the 2knd overall pick and 3 or 4 more picks in the top 25.

I Bolded i’d like to see the cats draft
If it were me I might go after one of these 3 Dlineman ;

Mathieu Betts - Laval from Montreal Quebec
Robbie Smith - Laurier from Brampton Ont
Jonathon Kongbo - Tennesee from Surrey BC

and draft 1 or two from these 3 receivers;

Justin Mcinnis - Arkansas State from Quebec
Hergy Mayala - Conneticutt from Montreal Quebec
Kurleigh Gittens - Laurier from Ottawa Ont .

There are some olineman that have moved up the rankings and I think we should try to get two from the following;

Shane Richards - Oklahoma State from Calgary Alberta
Zack Wilkinson - Northern Colorado from Vancouver BC
Drew Desjarlais - Windsor from Belle River Ontario
Alex Fontana - Kansas from Toronto Ontario

We could us a national rb after losing Mercer Timmis

Malek Irons - Ohio from BC
Brad Oliviera - North Dakota from Winnipeg

We could use decent a natiional db as well like;

Malcom Lee - UBC from BC

I wonder what our last year’s first overall pick Mark Chapman’s plans are now that the AAF is done. He walked away from the team for personal reasons, I hope that he finally decides to sign with us.
I was shocked and disturbed to see WR Justen Buren.retire as he was looking promising

It doesn’t look like we did how homework with these two players regarding their intentions and options in football and outside of Football…

I hope we do our homework this year and draft players that are not planning on exploring the NFL or XFL and those that intend to play in the CFL for a while. I have heard Betts has received some NFL interest.
I would imagine that Richards, Fontana, Mcinnis and Mayala may be thinking NFL or XFL or have received.interest I guess only Justin Dunk knows

So here are the quality free agents still out there;;

  • The following receivers are likely not a match for us due to all our impressive training camp invites who will be much cheaper;

Adarius Bowman WR Import - would love to have him if we didn’t have so many great young receivers
Weston Dressler SB Import - Ditto to sub in for Jalen Saunders but Dontre Wilson or Gilbert likely will land that role and the other will make the team
Chris Williams WR Import
Terrence Tolliver WR Import
Bkhari Grant WR Import

WR Robb Bagg national --too old for us now…we have Chambers

DE Tristan Okpalaugo import - Don’t need an import DE—

LB Chip Cox - Too old and plays Simoni’s position
LB Kyries Hebert -same
LB Marcus Ball - plays Simoni’s position

[ Sign one of these two bolded guys]
LB Fred Plesius National - perfect for us to play special teams replace Terrel Davis
LB Ron Omara National - same
LB SAM National Chris Ackie - He would be a great catch for us but he will still cost alot being a coveted ratio buster

[ SIGN one of these bolded guys ]
TJ Heath DB Import— good fit
Ronnie Yell db import—good fit
Eman Davis db import —not a fan

Jon Gott - we don’t need a centre we have Giraud
Landon Rice - might as well sign phim as he knows the offence and can backup both guards


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Looks like there could be a battle for sweater #2. Refreshing

Wow ! War and Peace , the football version, has returned from vacation. You gotta give the guy credit for persistence . :slight_smile:
That is a lot of work to inform Cat fans. Thanks and welcome back. Stay classy San Diego !

Pat Lynch (the old guy)

OMG…is all I can say.

Did I do something wrong ? If so please let me know.
Did the person you say I am similar to post youtube videos and project the CFL draft. Well if so.b then I must have then I must have Brotha fro another Motha’.

I’d be interested to know what you all thought of my analysis and what players impressed you on video ? and of course what you disagreed with.

What does Stat classy San Diego ? Just wondering ?
What do you think of my remaining free signings ?

If you don’t fee like watching all the videos at least watch Gilbert and Dontre Wilson as I think you will be impressed.

I thought it was great!! Made for an excellent read while eating my Saturday morning breakfast.

Outstanding work

Only way to know for sure: please share your vital stats and all past fight training.

Adding the video highlights is a great idea. Many new signing are just a name with some vital stats. The complimentary video adds more perspective to the new player and what they might bring to the Cats.

Thanks for the effort of inserting all the video clips.

I beg to differ, the Tiger Cats need two beasts at defensive end. One Rush (field) and one (quick). Remember the Eastern final…

and lunch…and dinner

Those seem to be in short supply. Who was the last beast at DE? Montford maybe? ???

The last as I recall was the 2004 season . It’s been awhile , 15 years to be exact .

27 Sacks combined between these two beasts that season .

Joe Montford - 13 sacks
Tim Cheatwood - 14 sacks

It’s been a long time.

Yeah it seems the Ticats have a hard time finding good pass rushers. and good running backs since the 70’s.

They have had;

Joe Montford and Grover Covington, Tim Coefiel and Justin Hickman were the good De’s

and Troy Davis the good Johnny Sheppard were good

Yeah it seems the Ticats have a hard time finding good pass rushers. and good running backs since the 70's.
For some reason I have a hard time remembering the 70's, I did survive them, so there is that. :o 8)

You could add Mike Walker to that list of great DE’s . The guy was a fav of mine in the 80’s and wound up finishing his 10 yr career in the league with 95.5 total sacks . His best stretch was from 86 to 88 where he racked up 51 sacks in 3 seasons with his best year total being 21 sacks in our Grey Cup winning season of 86 .

Walker ended his career being a 4 time Eastern All-Star (86,87,88,89) and a 3 time All-Canadian (87,88,89)

I loved Mike Walker but he was a Defensive Tackle.

A Mike Walker was also a RB

Mike Walker
Mike Walker
Born:November 14, 1950
Height:6’0" Weight: 195
Mike Walker played from 1973 to 1976 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts. Walker ran for 85 yards in his career on 19 attempts, scoring 0 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 118 yards.

I think the late 60’s and at least early 70’s are fuzzy because I seem to recall that the CBC tended to run only one, maybe two CFL “game of the week” shows and there were black-outs based on distance from the stadium and/or broadcast station? In our case, we moved outside of the Spectator’s distribution area, and CHML’s broadcast range, so we only had spotty news coverage of the Cats. My in-laws would save some of the sports section of the Spec, but they weren’t regular subscribers.

And, of course, we’re talking pre-computer days, so no internet or forum type access at all!