With all the talk over the past few weeks about Buck Pierce, i thought now that Buck is a Bomber we can talk about something else, so why don’t we analyze The Bomber Roster thus far as of today April 12/2010. I must add that i am pleasently surprised by the signings by Mack and LaPo, finally feels like we actually have some professional people running the team, a long time coming. Feel free to add your opinion BB fans, other teams fans please analyze your own team, not ours as you really have no clue about our team!!
Quarterbacks - Buck Pierce, Steven Jyles, Ricky Santos and Adam Dimichele
Finally we see a proven winner and CFL vet behind center with Buck, his accuracy and winning PCT. and attitude cannot be discredited, Buck makes our team even better and i believe our QB stable is one of the most promising in the league. Steven and Buck bring experience and a couple QBS with strong arms and pretty good mobility, Buck is more accurate and has more experience than Jyles, but Jyles provides us with a second QB who has seen a CFL field. I will not count out youngsters Santos and DiMichele, both have tremendous tools to be successful in this league, both have a team first attitude and only makes our teams QB depth that much better. I will go out on a limb and state that One or Both Santos and DiMichele will move up the depth chart within 2-3 years max.
Running Backs/Fullback - Fred Reid, Yvenson Bernard, Emmanual Marc, Darryl Stephenson and Jon Oosterhuis
Freddy did not finish the 2009 season that strong, but which Bombers did? I expect a great 1-2 punch with Reid and Bernard. Fred should rebound from a somewhat dissapointing season and is alway’s a threat to break the big one, Bernard gives us the option to play him as the bigger back who is a good blocker, still has speed and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, one more weapon on our offense. I don’t know to much about Marc but looks promising, big question is can he break the roster with Reid, Bernard etc. will be tough but ya never know. Stephenson is the biggest back and a Canadian, had a pretty good ST performance last season and may be used more in 2010 as an alternative blocker and a bigger body out of the backfield. Jon Oosterhuis was steady on ST, but doesn’t really impress me in the backfield running the ball but has the size to help block but he is 33 YRS old and may be hard pressed to make this team again.
Reciever’s/Slot Backs - Terrance Edwards, Adarius Bowman, Jabari Arthur, Aaron hargreaves, Will Franklin, D.J Hall, Vincent Marshall, Brock Ralph, Scott McHenry, Joshua Svec and Kenny Strickland
Promising group of talent at this position and alot of youth and i didn’t even figure in Titus Ryan who may return as well. Edwards is a proven 1000 YD reciever when healthy, but is still a threat every time he takes the field. We all seen what Bowman can do and him and Edwards provide us with 2 steady proven reciever’s and Bowman is still young. Arthur has been tagged as a great Canadian Reciever and has good size, have to wait and see if they hype is true, Hargreaves is the same as Arthur, great size and great hands and provides us with a better NI recieving group. Ralph is another Canadian but has the most experience and is pretty steady but may be pushed by the younger guys. Don’t know to much a about Svec who is smaller in size and is another Canadian who will be pushed in TC. Marshall has seen a CFL field in Saskatchewan and has pretty good speed, may be the answer at the #3 or #4 spot but other reciever’s we have may turn out to be better player’s such as D.J Hall, Strickland and Franklin. All three are still young and from what i have seen have a great chance to be one of those diamond in the rough finds, Hall excites me the most, but i cannot count out the other guys as i don’t know much about either. McHenry is another young Canadian and has size and is a promising NI option, this makes for a great competetive TC for all of them.
Oline/Guard/Tackle - Derek Armstrong, Luke Fritz, Glenn January, Kelly Butler, Steve Morley, Ryan Donnely, John Hashem, Adam Bestard, Abrahim Khan, Brendan Lapatte and Mike Morris.
This group is young but no arguing there skills and sizes, Oline will surprise all in my opinion. Khan is an experienced player and fan favorite, great team player. Fritz and Morley are two Big bodies and both are Canadian, Fritz has the experience but Morley may just surprise everyone, they both seen action last year. January is young and had a good season in 2009 and i believe will only get better. New comers Hashem and Butler are monsters but still have great mobility and both are promising and may just make our Oline one of the strongest in the league. Armstrong is another promising player even though he is not as young as most of these guys but we signed him for a reason. LaBatte has lived up to expectations of when we drafted him and has enough experience under his belt to be a proven starter. Bestard and Morris are 2 more promising Canadian oline men but are still not that experienced, but have been drafted with high regards. Our Oline is mostly canadian with the exception of January and Butler. We re-signed Donnelly for good reason, he is a strong Canadian oline player, overall this group has tons of promise.