I realize winning/losing will play a factor moving forward as will injuries and fielding a competitive roster ...
That being said ... Who do you think is next as far as being cut/released? How do you see the roster shaping up?
Here are my predictions ... obviously there are some scenarios that need to play out that we're not privy to ...
Bowman comes off the 9 game before labour day which means another player can't. Stala stays on the 9 game until labour day. They'll put him back on the 9 game after labour day so that his salary doesn't hit the cap. Dave won't play 2013 and will be released in the off-season. No need to release him now since he's not hitting the SMS and Bob has told Kent that he'll pick up Dave's pay cheque for community relation purposes and we'll figure out a retirement thing in the off season.
Right now, the linebackers will be Simoni Lawrence @ WILL, JJ @ MIKE, Erik Harris @ SAM. When Bowman comes back, he'll move to the MIKE position. They'll play JJ & Simoni @ WILL. They may even play both at the same time in a 3-4 type of scheme. If they sign Brandon Isaac, that puts him @ SAM and moves Harris back to safety.
Ryan Hinds has gone from starter to backup to healthy scratch from the active to practice roster. Next stop ...
Peach will stay on the 1 game IR all season ... released off season ... if not sooner.
Giguere decides that this professional football thing isnt his thing. He goes to bobsledding full time after lengthy conversations with Jesse Lumsden who has told him that there is life after the CFL.
Dee Webb spends the rest of the year in the 1 game IR & gets released in the off season.
And finally we get down to Henry. I really think Kent will leave him unprotected in the Ottawa REDBLACKS dispersal draft. What happens with that is anyone's guess.
The core of this team going forward are NI guys like Bulcke & Hazime & Plesius & Stephen. Dyakowski is locked up. Hage stays one more year. Wojt is part of the core Canadian group. Obviously Fantuz is there too. The other NI receiver spots are up for grabs. Guys like SCC & MacKay & Diston & ever Giguere have this season to prove they can stick, otherwise they're drafting someone from the CIS.
The import receivers and running backs and kick returners will be a revolving door until they uncover a gem/keeper.
This is a young team and it'll only get younger. Coach Austin, with his college background, is used to dealing with young players who you hold their lives in his hand, (Scholarship - Contract) sprinkled in with a few proven vets.
Let's face it, Bob & Scott have told Kent that this season is a write off ... Use it as an 18 game evaluation ... Get the team ready for 2014 when we open for business back on Beechwood!