Game will be a gauge of how desperate the quarterback situation is going into 2018. If the future in-house, what is the estimated time of arrival? If not, will the Als overpay and/or dangle their 1st overall pick to other teams in order to find an arm and thus calm the masses?
From Herb Zurkowsky:
-With Luc Brodeur-Jourdain only dressed on an emergency basis and both Sean Jamieson and Kristian Matte being unavailable, newly signed Cory Tucker (who was released during training camp) and Vincent Brown (who was traded to BC in the Jovan Olafioye/David Foucault deal) are expected to start on the OL. Tucker is supposedly starting at Center and Brown at Guard.
Tucker was a Tackle in college, and I am not certain he has ever played Center before. Before this week, Tucker was a Grad Assistant at Kent State.
-Nik Lewis is not playing.
-Tyrell Sutton sits. (If Dillon Campbell gets the nod, then the Als would have 3 players who literally just showed up and in the starting lineup.)
-Gabriel Knapton may not play.
-Nicolas Boulay tore his ACL in the last game.
From Davis Sanchez on Als This Week:
-BJ Cunningham has the skillset to be a #1 receiver. Thought the Als used both him and Ernest Jackson as #2's ths year.
-Believes the team currently has the worst receiving group talent-wise (as well in other positions) in the CFL and has no problem cleaning house. Says Als need to bring in a 2-3 guys to fight for the top 3 receiver spots.
-Thinks Matt Shiltz biggest asset is not his physical tools but his competitiveness. Is the QB that Sanchez has most hope for going into next season.
-Likes the current Guards and Tackles on the OL.
-Says team's talent level is lacking.
-Used himself as an example by saying that even though he had his best year (in 5) during 2009 and was considered a ratio changer, he was at the age where Jim Popp decided the position had to get younger.
-Likes Jonathon Mincy, Dondre Wright, and Chris Ackie in the Secondary.
-Would be willing to clean house at every position except OL because of the difficulty of finding non-import lineman. So to Sanchez, all import positions would be open for competition.
-When asked whether getting rid of the veterans would hurt the leadership of the team next year, Sanchez replied that the veteran leadership currently on the team is done anyway because he does not believe they will be back next season.
-Estimates there are 5-6 guys the team will absolutely keep. For everybody else, their job is in jeopardy.
-While he believes Marcus Brady and DeVone Claybrooks are HC candidates, Sanchez says the Als have to select and offensive coach who has a system. That is, the team has to bring in somebody who has a proven record and commands respect on offense.
-Praised Tyrell Sutton for being the CFL RB he would select and is the best player on the Alouettes.