Chris Who???

I think we’ve found Chris Williams replacement in Lindsey Lamar two preseason games two TD’s on returns and the game is still young in Guelph, maybe more to come 70 yard return!

Great going Lamar, great team effort in blocking and assignments??

Lamar definitely seems to have a similar ability to take returns back for TDs. I think the only thing that might hold him back is that I can't see the team using two of their three designated import spots for runningbacks. So for him to make the team, he would have to beat out either Gable or Walker, which I don't see happening as I wasn't that impressed with his backfield play last week.

Wish I could watch the game. :frowning:

Volcy doesn't seem to be making a case for himself.

This kid has serious field vision. What a return.

Hey CFL We're coming back to Eat The CFL RAW!!!!

The Cats have good scouting now and shouldn't have any problem replacing Williams with another kid who can burn. Lamar already looks promising.

While watching Lamar I kept wondering what Williams would be thinking if he were watching. Would he be happy, thinking that people here would forget the controversy or would he be worried, thinking that maybe he wasn't so special after all.

Oh yea, this guy is very good!

He should be realizing oh damm maybe I'm not this million dollar man I keep telling myself I am. But on the Lamar topic I thought he looked great and they need to keep him because the only other guy they had returning last night was Volcy and he looked horrid.

Volcy just needs to learn not to run in reverse mode to elude the opposition.
He is a talented athlete with great speed and will be a fine player with further coaching/seasoning. (if he makes final cut)

Williams and his agent may have been hoping the Cats would not find a suitable replacement, thereby upping the recent contract offered by the club (highest paid non-QB in the league) even further.

Methinks that deal is off the table now..

I dono if that's an easy thing to teach tho, most players do that dance first because they cant find the open hole right away. He also let the ball bounce way to often and dropped one that he caught in the air, I believe he also fumbled once that he didn't get back as well.

How was Lamar’s pass blocking compared to Walker’s and Gable’s? He seemed to be OK this week as far as running the ball - better than last week, and definitely better than the other two, especially Gable, who seemed to be struggling last night.

As I said before, I really don’t see the team carrying three import RBs, at least not on the 42-man roster. So for Lamar to make the team, he’ll have to beat out either Walker or Gable. If I had to guess, I’d say Gable is the odd man out, although they may keep him on the 46. Or maybe they discover he has a sudden injury?

Actually, Williams may like this situation. If he shows up now, the team either has to place him on the 46-man roster or cut him. Would they keep him now knowing what Lamar can do? And knowing that Williams also could decide to disappear again if they don’t cut him, with the worst case being that he leaves after the team loses Lamar to another team poaching him off the PR. Can the team afford (spot-wise, not salary-wise) to keep both Williams and Lamar on the roster?

Not saying Lamar is infallible, although he did have an excellent pre-season showing for raw rookie.
Even Williams was prone to drops and miscues during his rookie campaign, and sporadically in his second term.

errors and mental mistakes takes guidance to correct, yet talent cannot be taught.

While it's great to see Lamar breaking off return TDs, he did it against second and third-stringers in situations where the other teams were focused on player evaluation, not on the score. He looks like a great talent but there's still a lot (everything, in fact) to be proven in meaningful game situations.

Exactly right. I hope he does great, but it's way to early to say for sure.

That's a very interesting observation.

If they keep Lamar and then Williams shows up with his heart half in it at best, then they'll have a decision to make. I know which way I'd go.... with the player who actually wants to be here.

To Williams's agent:
You're welcome.
Yours truly,
CFiO

PS. Please PM me for details on where to send my commission. :wink:

Considering that Williams is suspended, his salary ostensibly does not count against the SMS, so why should he be counted as a roster spot?
The Cats should be able to retain the suspended player rights, for the duration of the contract, without being forced to use a precious spot.
The league needs to address this issue in the following CBA, as it penalizes the club for player insubordination.

The team retains Williams's rights for the duration of his contract as long as he is still suspended. But if he shows up to play, the team would need to take him off suspension, as far as I know. Once they do that, they would need to decide whether to add him to the 46-man roster or not. If they do, who do they take off? Lamar? Or some import receiver, who we also might need should Williams change his mind again?

[b]CatsFaninOttawa wrote: The team retains Williams's rights for the duration of his contract as long as he is still suspended. But if he shows up to play, the team would need to take him off suspension, as far as I know. Once they do that, they would need to decide whether to add him to the 46-man roster or not. If they do, who do they take off? Lamar? Or some import receiver, who we also might need should Williams change his mind again?[/b]
well Chris would be digging his own grave even deeper if he decided to return and then walk out on the team once again.

NFL clubs would be hesitant looking at a subversive malcontent who does not honor binding agreements, nor responds to numerous messages left by the club, thereby affecting roster decisions and affirmative answers.
and were CW to come back, and play poorly by intention, his stock value will plummet dramatically while harming his NFL aspirations.

It is doubtful he will return to Hamilton, yet if he does, and the Cats provide a spot, I'd garner that Chris will play hard in order to assure NFL scouts that he still is of relevance.

either way, sitting out for nearly two years will not help his career.