It was great to see Jeff Piercy making a presence in Hamilton as a blocking back and receiver. He won the job from a veteran and is effective with the Ti Cats in blocking and receiving. To get Jason Maas the Als traded Piercy away.Hamiltom won the best of that deal.
The Als had a good history of Canadian fullbacks. Mike Soles was a CIS star, who led McGill to the Yates Cup. He was the consumate fullback, blocking to help Mike Pringle to ramble and, getting effectively the screen pass. Bruno Heppell followed who proved to be an asset in getting the ball over the opponents goal line.
Late last year Popp attempted to sign Casey Printers in order to right his sinking ship. Montreal won this deal as Calvillo, within a new offensive system, is playing with his old effectiveness. Printers has yet to complete a throwing touchdown. As MadJack pointed out the emphasis is now away from the fullback to an extra receiver although Kevin Carter looks good at the fullback spot as required.
To sum it up, it appears all of the above players were winners in the trading-signing go around. The only suprise loser this year would have to be Brady who, last season appeared to be the hier apparent to Calvillo and, is now not playing at all. He is the man out in all these activities. Too bad, I thought he showed promise.