The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that import wide receiver Maurice Mann has signed a contract extension that will keep him in Black and Gold through the 2012 season.
Mann, a 6-2, 190-pound native of Seaside, California, has caught 169 passes for 2,251 yards and 15 touchdowns in 42 career regular season games. Last season, his first in Hamilton, Mann hauled in 56 catches for 787 yards and five touchdowns.
For more info: http://www.ticats.ca/article/mann-catch … more-years
Ticats TV reaction: http://www.ticats.ca/video/index/id/16755
Good to hear, hopefully he can make a big contribution this year.
The often unsung part of the job.
Getting big name FAs is great but you also have to work keep the players you already have.
I like the idea of moving him to slot. He'll definitely get more touches this season.
My thoughts exactly, I expect a more consistent Mo Mann as well. :thup:
Good move, you know Obie's going to bring in even more talent which leave's Mann and Bruce even more open than usual.GO CATS GO!
Best news of the week so far! In Obie we believe!! :rockin:
How many guys can play in the slot? I think we've concluded in recent years that just about everyone is better in the slot than at WR. Someone has to line up on the outside. And whoever does will likely draw the wrath of the fans when their stats take a hit.
There was once a time when it seemed like the league's best/fastest receivers played at WR (Greer, Fernandez, Keith Baker, Steve Stapler, and Earl Winfield for much of his career), while SB was often played by bigger guys who could help block (DiPietro). I think it changed in the 1990s - probably around the same time teams started running a lot of 5-6 receiver formations.
Tom: I agree. Now let's hope our new OC knows how to use the talent players we have in a more effective way than his predecessor did.
Playing the slot isnt complicated. Catch the ball in a crowd and take the hits (lots of them). Let's hope he can do it.
Yes, I think this is generally traced to John Hufnagel's time as OC in Calgary. Allen Pitts is perhaps the best early example of this style of slotback.
I was looking for clips of Pitts on youtube, and found this mini-documentary:
There's also this one on Darren Flutie, including stuff about the '98 and '99 Ticat teams:
That's a great piece on Flutie.