I was looking over my rosters and though I'd look over what each teams rosters have and seem to be missing to get an idea of what the season might look like. Here are my thoughts
West 1st: Well, BC SHOULD be great this year, that's for sure BUT they're weekspot is their DEFENSE, they're missing a Starting DE and a LB. The OFFENSE though... OUCH as long as the OLine holds up, DBs better watch out!
West 2nd: Calgary is the team that might surprise, and I think Burris might lose his starting role to team chemistry with one of these 2 running QBs, Akili Smith or Barrick Nealy (who is rumoured to be the next Printers) add in the amazing RB Reynolds plus the BEST WR corps in the CFL... DOUBLE OUCH! DEFENSE, they're okay, depends on their training camp depth.
West 3rd: Edmonton, tough one. They have the offense to do it but they did last year too and look what happened. They have like 15 WR in camp but apart from Tucker and Mitchell... Oline is looking good and the DLine too. They seem to be missing LBs especially though but they picked up some good DBs.
West 4th: Saskatchewan is moving to a pass-first offense this year. They signed some great speedy WRs (second best WR corps in the CFL) but the problem is, they have Joseph or Crandell to throw the ball! Plus their defense is missing quality LBs and DBs like mad. They took all their money to get WRs and saved on the DBs and LBs. Bad idea in the west
East 1st: Montreal's Offense hasn't changed at all! It actually got leaner! Calvillo did some arm strength training for the first time this offseason and at camp he was throwing some SERIOUS bullets on target. Same OL with better back-ups, Same RB with better back ups, WR's we still have our best and dropped our worst ones, then picked up Thurmon and Stokes, which, have the potential to choke though. Defense, WOW! We have a powerhouse team on DEFENSE. The Als basically have 2 starters for each DLine and LB position! Seems they might all be rotating to keep the D fresh too! We picked up Charbonneau and Spenser from Edmonton to deal with our DT losses but our DEs... WOW! We still have the super fast Stewart now with Cheatwood (I hope), with Truluck and Acholonu who are almost as fast too! We also have 6 starting LBs, with Strickland and Donnavan Carter form Winnipeg on one side, Ellis (run) and Mackay (pass) in the Middle and Grace form Calgary with Taylor on the other side. I'm smelling the Als are going to be pressuring like MAD this year! Our secondary though.... we're looking good but not great. Boulay as Safety with Sanchez and Kent but after that, they're okay.
East 2nd: Winnipeg looks a lot like Saskatchawan, ironic that half of each others players are playing for the other team this year. They have the best RB in the league with Roberts and great depth at WRs like Stegall and co. The OLine improved BUT they are still stuck with a crappy QB(s)! Dline is as badas as last year and the DBs are good too. Simpson in the middle is great too.
East 3rd: Toronto, WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY THINKING! They are hosting the Grey Cup this year and they don't even try to improve their offense! Great QB line up. Okay RBs, maybe John Avery will get his revenge on the Argos for Ricky Willimas, who knows. They also have no depth at WR but at least they kept Miles and Bruce, and good OLine. Defensivly, nothing drastic happened. Replaced Cantor with Belli, still great with LBs and superb depth at quality DBs! The D is going to have to carry them, while the offense sputters.
East 4th: Hamilton is looking good this year, well they couldn't look worse, but they, like Edmonton, also had the talent last year but didn't have the chemistry. This year, they added Shaun King to battle Maas and have a great RB corps but look what that did for them last year WRs well, nothing great on this team either. But they improved their OLine so I would think they will have to run the ball a lot with Holmes, Davis, Radelin and Lumsden and hopefully Bauman WR (#1 pick in the draft) will be a great starter for them. Defensivly, it's not pretty either. The DLine is going to be dependant on the other 1st round pick, Bekasiak to be successful. LBs are just average and the DBs too but they did pick up Karikari to help out Cody, the ONLY Ticat allstar last season! LOL!