There have been many debates as to who we (the armchair QB’s) think will be the 1, 2 and 3rd string QB’s and who will be cut or allocated to the Practice Roster.
I have a different question…
Do you think that Shaun King, Timmy Chang, Richie Williams or Rocky Butler would STAY if they were asked to be 3rd string or on the Practice Roster? Or do you think that they’d say “thanks but no thanks” and leave Steeltown.
My opinion (which really isn’t worth very much)
King: He’s a veteran football player with NFL experience. He could probably be on an NFL practice roster but he wants to PLAY. I can’t see him staying unless he’s at least the backup. Can’t blame him.
sidenote Just because he was released from the Arena League doesn’t mean he sucks. He might have asked for a release because he realized how much of a joke that league is and wanted to pursue the CFL.
Butler: Career 3rd stringer. Probably thought that he’d have a chance to move up in the depth charts with the last place Ticats. If he’s asked to be 3rd string I can see him staying. He’s really got no other option in football right now. Practice roster? Doubt it.
Chang: Third string he’d stay. Learn the CFL game and possibly get a few snaps during the season. Practice squad? No. He’s an NCAA record holder. Someone somewhere will want him.
Williams: Third string he’d stay. Practice roster? Doubt it. Can you really make enough money on a Practice Roster? He’d be better off taking the year off football and getting a real job. Then looking for an Arena team next season. Personally I see Williams as the odd man out.
Basically what I’m saying is that I don’t expect to see ANY of these guys on the Practice Roster. So here is my guess on who our QB’s will be…
Maas/King. Maas will start the season as 1st string and King will end up taking over when Maas does what Maas does best… which is nothing.
King/Butler. King will start as the backup and when Maas gets traded back to Edmonton Butler will become the backup.
Butler/Some dude. Butler will start as #3 and when he moves to #2 the Ticats will pick up a Free Agent during the season.
Chang and Williams are gone before the season starts. I like Chang though… but he just doesn’t fit our plans right now.
I’m also well aware that I’m talking out of my A-- and that I’m probably 110% wrong. But it’s fun to make predictions and pretend to know what you’re talking about!