Today was basically an extension of the previous day with not many players jumping out at you in terms of moving up on the depth chart.
The same positives were there and the same concerns were there also. The offensive line is getting a little bit better daily and maybe we just have to analyze it a bit by saying that they are practicing against what could be one of the best D-Line's in the CFL. There are players who are backups on the D-Line that could start for some teams in the CFL right now. So if they are having some problems now, it may be because of that reason, at least that could be part it anyhow.
The quarterbacks are still doing pretty well with Williams distancing himself from Josten for the 3rd spot.
Holmes is getting his timing back, Anthony Davis is competing well, but Ranek is just something else. He will definitely be a fan favourite this year. Kojo Aidoo is having a really good camp in my eyes. I am sure fans want to see more from him on the field now.
Flick, Ralph, Peterson, Yeast and Vaughn seem to be the 5 that a spot on the roster has to be won from. Obviously someone has to push these veterans for playing time and Willie Quinnie is looking good as is Kwame Cavil. Gardner is doing well, but needs to kick his game up another notch to show his real capabilities.
The linebackers are much more impressive this year with Augie solidifying his place in the middle, and a number of others doing well at Will and Sam. Players to watch still seem to be Mariuz, Armour and Dodds. We should be much better at LB as we get to game one.
Our secondary looks to be Justin, Goss, Shaw, Martin and possibly Tay Cody slightly ahead of Bradley and Kornegay. Still looking to get a good feel for some of the new guys like Walter Williams and Roderick Babers. The exhibition game will be fun to analyze the talent.
Our punting game probably will end up with Pat Fleming taking the duties, with Boreham concentrating on field goals. That would be a good thing, and maybe we become more efficient at both. Jamie has the kicking duties definitely and quite likely Fleming the punting duties. At this point i dont see how they both wont be here concentrating on their specific tasks.
The return game has Holmes, Yeast and rookie Davon Fowlkes competing. Coach Erdman had the special teams units testing today and saying that they performed well is an understatement.
Things are looking up for this team. There is a slight but positive move forward daily when looking at the efficiencies of players at their positions, and i am sure if you asked the coaches at this point how things are going, there would be nothing but positives being said. On the flip side, there is still much to learn.
Lets hope the fans get out to watch them on Saturday at the Black and Gold game. They wont be disappointed. Too bad they cant have 3-a-days.