The 2014 Argo roster has taken shape with the cut down over. Have they improved or replaced key losses? The starting offensive line looks to be the same with Rogers*, Holmes, Keeping, Van Zeyl and King* from left to right. They played well last year and may even be better as a unit with a year together. WR is still good even with the loss of Inman. Childs, Barnes and Sinkwell with Watt coming in when they go to a one back offense. Rumour has Jamal Richardson coming on board with the idea he could be ready for the second half of the season. If he can still play that would be a big boost down the road. I still liked Romney Bryant over Barnes, maybe Ricky Ray had some influence there. He and Barnes have been together for a while.
Can't improve much at QB as long as Ricky stays upright. But I have to think the backups will see some time after Ricky takes a few hard knocks. I like Mitchell Gale to eventually be the #2 guy, but not right away. The Argos can win short term with either Harris or Gale IMO, but need Ricky Ray healthy to go to the Cup.
RB position hasn't replaced Kackert as he was one of a kind. But, I think they are stronger with Johnson* and Slaton* than Norwood and Riggs from last year. Steele is good on ST. Slot Back still very strong with Durie and Owens* backed up by Coombs.
Jim Barker has rebuilt the D Line and so far so good. It looks likes he has brought in some guys who can really get after the QB's. Looks like Gibson*, Laing, Harrell* and Romeus* will start the season with DE Brown and the returning DT Thomas* alternating with them.
The LB's will be Horton* Emry and Robinson* with Jones* backing up Emry. Robinson in for Ball is a step back to start with IMO, they may not be done there. Maybe Ball comes back in September. Not much OLB depth yet.
Looks like they are going with Ware*, Carter*, M. Black, Smith* and Underwood* with Gabriel in reserve in the defensive backfield. I would think there will be another Int. DB at game time for backup purposes. On the surface the defense looks better over all, but we will have to see come regular season game time.
I think first place is the Argos to lose, on paper.