Austin does not care about who has CFL experience or not . He has shown that very very clearly picking Delahunt over Stephenson , rookie Linebackers over Rey Williams , Gable and Davis over Coburne and Mallet , maybe Figueroa over Dile ia bunch of rookie DB;s over Tisdale, Beasley etc . (I wouldn't go as far as saying Austin isnt vet friendly, actually I think quite the contrary. Yes, Delahunt over Stephenson, but he's not selecting rookie lb's over Rey Williams. As far as the others you mention, Mallet was chosen oven Cobourne and when Mallet wasn't 100% they brought in Gable. I'm not sure who your referring to when you mention Davis in the rb's)
A week ago you had Hilton as a lock at receiver and that has changed rather quickly with Ellingson, Mcrees emergance and an average game performanc (Hilton will make the 46 before either of the other two)
I also think something could happen to Chevon Walker , Patrick, Jamal Johnson, Knowlton, Jones, B. Grant
where the likes of Gable / Davis, Stephen/ Harris , Hobbs , Eliingson , Hilton could beat them out (Walker is the only one at risk)
I see no reason at all not to think the same cannot happen to Peach and Boudreaux. Boudreaux has one year of CFL experience and it was on OK year. Peach has had a few years and he has also been OK . (Wanna bet? Peach & Boudreaux are starting DE's come week one!)
Our DLINE was the worst in the CFL last year and only really got better when Moore and Davis started playing in the middle so I see no reason to think these guys are safe and if Singletary , Obioria , Marshall, Scott, look better than them tomorrow night then they will have a shot at starting . All 4 of these guys already have an excellent performance under their belt and if any of them outperform these 2 guys by a head and shoulders variety then they are potentially ahead of them in the depth chart (None of those guys have played a down in the CFL, they aren't supplanting guys with experience right away. Maybe one of two get kept on PR and get a chance if any of the others disappoint.)
when you say :
"They know Boudreaux & Peach are starting.".i disagree ..it's more like they know what they can do and they have tape on them from last year.an and both ha dminor injuries ..Boudreaux is one year removed form being a rookie and thus hardly a veteran
I think the only vets that are locks are Burris, Fantuz, Hage, Dyakowski , Wojt, Mccollogh , Webb,
Vets who are locks are Burris, Simmons, Dyakowski, Hage, Wojt, Fantuz, Giguere, Grant, Jones on offense and Peach, Boudreaux, Moore, Bulcke, JJ, Markeith, Colclough, Webb, Patrick, McCullough on Defense.
Breaux's futire will depend on tomorrow night . If he does not perfrom well they might go ask Horne to come in ? i think he is starting only because Stephen cannot and they knwo what they have in Hinds .
Fortin is listed as the backup Long snapper and he is a good specialty team players and decent rotation guy on the DLINE . if he can be a decent long snapper than Scott may become expendable as Scott really doesn't bring much to special teams or any other position . I bet they both don't stay . (I bet otherwise ... They both stay ... They need to dress a certain # of NI's and they don't have enough good ones that can play specials to cut either)
To me Davis is up in the air as the team wants speed and as you say Moore has the one DT spot and likely Bulcke the other and Hazime looks great as NI depth .
You say Lawrence makes the roster ? At the expense of Bussey ? Bussey looks really good and looked good in NFL camps too and had a great career at illiois . He is a beast. (Yes, Lawrence over Bussey easily. If they can keep a backup import LB, then it's Harris first since he can play Safety. Remember that Bowman is coming back and they can shift Markeith & JJ. Bussey is expendable)
King will make the team and maybe at the expense of Bucknor or Beswick (Simply not going to happen ... Another bet?)
I'd love to see them dress all 3 running backs but that likely means another good backup import that plays good specialty teams gets dropped . (dress gable & walker with Lamar as the DI)
I guess we can look at this note in a week and see who has the better insight.