Well the season is over for Ottawa, and while it was a rocky start there's some jewels the team has to keep. So, what are your thoughts. Who are the three must keeps and the three must goes.
Marcus Henry - The most consistent receiver on the team catching most thrown his way, he's be the bright spot on a corps riddled with a case of the dropsies.
Jeremiah Johnson - This guy's ability to juke and fake is something special, and he's got speed and is a decent size.
Justin Capicciotti - An awesome Lineman and a national to boot, Capicciotti has been the sack leader for the RedBlacks this year.
Patrick Lavoie - To this day, I still don't understand why Ottawa went after both him and John Delahunt. The need for more then one Fullback now a days just doesn't seem like a smart choice, and Lavoie seemed to have dropsies for this season and a -4 yards rushing. Now to be fair, Fullbacks don't see tons of rushing, and having seen Delahunt far more when he was in Hamilton, I would favor him next year.
Brett Maher - Maher's is boasting a 45.5 yard punting average, which is decent and good for 3rd in the league. That being said though, every regular kicker in the league is boasting at least 42, so that's not as incredible. What's not incredible is the abysmal 66.7 field goal percentage, which is worst in the league. It would be somewhat acceptable if Maher was a national, but taking up a national spot with those numbers, just isn't going to cut it.
At least one O.Lineman - I just came to a realization. Apart from DJ Young, the RedBlacks have been running an entire national O.Line. This might have worked a couple of decades ago, but now a days, D.Linemen and Linebackers are so much stronger and faster then they once were. You simply can't treat the Offensive line as a Canadian dump position to meet the ratio, you need nationals in other positions. There are great Canadian O.Linemen out there, yes, but you are fooling yourself if you think that you can construct and acquire enough of them to make an entire offensive line out of them when they are in such high demand, nevermind your first year in the league. This is compounded by the defensive football we saw this season due to the draft. No matter who is under centre, they are getting crushed, and this isn't due to Hank getting old or lack of experience. It's because you need to sprinkle some big ol' mean southern boys, and that means a few players who are banking on the fact they are Canadian, need to be given the axe. Who? Well it's hard to say, but I'd go with MacMillan or Deanne.