Well.......I thought of this over the weekend. The very tricky job for BT and CC is as players get healthy and can return..........decisions need to be made to get those guys back on 46 man active. Some people gotta go?
Today I hear some things have happended:
Jamal. Boy he played well for us! Came in with a recovered knee and does he ever catch a ball nicely. But I guess he is gone and the club goes with younger guys. Ryan Smith and Cory Williams obviously rise higher with this move. Maybe it gets Roosevelt a little closer to roster as well.
McHenry - Maybe his neck injury just has not healed. Plus he is mainly a ST guys making tackles and taking a beating. Maybe age and $$$ crept in as well since he is 30ish? This one surprises a little because he brought versatility and a National.
Tel Clark - Poor guy missed 2-3 tackles in game one and Jeff Knox took over? Surprised because they really don't have import LB depth behind Doughty and Knox???????
Mark Legree is training again. He looks small............but is 6feet 210 lbs and can fly! Maybe he can push Macho at LB. His speed and size would be great covering fast RB's and slotbacks.
Marshay Green and Tristan - Both back practicing. Does this mean Tisdale and Suber both have a very short Rider career?
But if Green, Jackson and Legree are coming on............They outed Clark and Jamal two internationals.
So this is the tough part..........last game we had a couple knicks but nothing serious. We play TO and then a buy week.....2.5 weeks for some guys to get healthy. Some people are going to need to go and in the next 3 weeks will other CFL teams see some injuries to the point where the Riders can capitalize and make some moves, trade a guy hear and there and add assets or drafts picks?
Back to Jamal..........given our 0-6 start I saw Jamal as a rental player that could maybe fetch us a 3rd round pick? Don't know the ins and outs about why he got straight release and FA..............but I was hoping he could maybe get us something in return. But the club is smart to allow the youngsters to take those reps if that is what this came down to.
Who knows anything decent on Shea Emry. I heard he isn't returning anytime soon? The tackle he made against TO was heroic but he put his body in an awful position and paid for it I guess? Too bad. Having nobody as a National to b'up Shea is the same position the club was with last year........no b'up to DD? The Board has to look at these moves and question it (when the season is over...........I am not suggesting sack the coach............I say keep the coach cause this run is going turn and when it does I think we'll play hard football). But we lost our QB on defense and our D has reeled ever since. Playing two rookie imports at LB..........the domino effect here has been steep...........throw in McDougall getting hurt and two prominent nationals are down and no backup plan!!!!!!!! If anyone has any good news on Shea would love to learn more..........I am beginning to worry he might have a career decision to make?