Rushing Leaders 2023

Will anyone challenge Carey for the title this season?

If he stays healthy, I think he’ll finish at #1 again. Maybe Butler can keep donig well in Hamilton. He might be a bigger part of their offense than he was in BC last year.

2022 Top 10

1 2022 CAREY, Ka’Deem CGY 14 164 1088 6.6 40 10 38 11
2 2022 BUTLER, James BC 17 210 1060 5.0 37 7 31 5
3 2022 OLIVEIRA, Brady WPG 18 202 1001 5.0 31 4 25 3
4 2022 MORROW, Jamal SSK 12 126 666 5.3 51 3 23 3
5 2022 ANTWI, Jeshrun MTL 16 106 600 5.7 70 0 13 4
6 2022 HICKSON, Frankie SSK 12 85 533 6.3 63 1 17 3
7 2022 OUELLETTE, A.J. TOR 11 98 516 5.3 34 2 12 5
8 2022 CORNELIUS, Taylor EDM 12 71 502 7.1 56 7 20 4
9 2022 HARRIS, Andrew TOR 8 114 490 4.3 19 0 9 0
10 2022 FLETCHER, Walter MTL 14 85 486 5.7 42 1 16 2

You missed a guy tied for 10th - Kevin Brown of the Elks who racked up 486 yards in 7 games last season. He might give Carey a run for his money…

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I guess none of the REDBLACKS RBs will rank in the Top 10 this season?

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I don’t really care if we have the leading rusher as long as we get production out of the RB spot. In 2022, MTL had Antwi and Fletcher combining for over 1000 yards on the ground. Toronto and Saskatchewan also had production by committee.

If you want to talk rushing depth, I think the Als are near the top, with Fletcher and Antwi joined by a healthy, slimmed-down Stanback with a chip on his shoulder.


I could definitely see a healthy Stanback in the mix for rushing leader.

Oh that’s right. I forgot how Brown poured it on down the stretch last season. I wonder if defenses will be any better prepared to stop him this year.

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Elks finished 3rd overall on the ground last season, something lots of people miss because they were not good in other places.

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If Brady Oliveira can play the whole 2023 season the way he played the last 2/3 of 2022 you’ll see him pretty high up the list too.
First six games 3,2 yd/carry.
Last 12 games 5,75 yd/carry.
West Final 6,5 yd/carry.
Grey Cup 535 yd.carry.

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Correction: Grey Cup 5,5 yd/carry.

If only…that would be a game to remember!

1000 yrds combined isn’t great production though. Stanback is capable of that himself.

1000 yards is basically what the league’s leading rusher ended up with last year. I"m fine with it. Especially since the touches remained the same.

I’d love for Stanback to get 1000 on his own. Don’t get wrong. But in Montreal we are very much about doing it by committee. Stanback is the tank. Fletcher is the slashing scatback. Antwi can do a bit of everything. And with our receiving corps young and unproven, I expect us to rely heavily on the ground game.

Montreal finished 6th overall for rushing yards (combined) and 8th in the number of rushing attempts in 2022. They need a strategy to keep Stanback healthy and a back more dynamic than Fletcher. Antwi is good but his running style is punishing. Combined with Stanback I think he is the better choice of backs.

Winnipeg on the other hand ran the ball the most and were 2nd overall in yards gained, but their average gain was 5th overall, 0.1 yard ahead of Montreal.

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But Stanback was the main RB before he got injured and there was no big platoon system before. We’ll see if Fletcher or Antwi - who both got work with Stanback out - get much work (i’ll bet yes for the former and no for the latter) this season in an opportunity to pound a strong diverse run game - which BTW I’d love to see - from several CFL teams.

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If you think Fletcher isn’t dynamic, with all due respect, you weren’t watching the games. :slight_smile: He’s a great Avon Cobourne type back, can make straight ahead or east-west and is excellent catching passes out of the backfiefld.

I agree that we need to run the ball more. But I’m pretty sure we will, given that our receivers are largely unproven.

Where did you guys get him from? I saw no slashing or dynamic, just straight ahead 2-3 yard gains.

I know he was an Edmonton player. But he’s come into his own in Montreal. With a 5.72 yard average and 486 rushing yards, he definitely had plenty of touches for more than two or three yards. Combine with 29 catches for 353 yards and a 12.2-yard average and you’ve got a multidimensional running back. I’m pretty sure the team is going to use a lot of two-back sets with Stanback and Fletcher.

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Must have been busy watching Brown rack up as many yards as Fletcher did in half the number of games. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Brown is a great back. Not gonna argue that. But Fletcher split time with Antwi in the backfield. And we had to deal with a new OC and altered playbook four games into the season.

Yeah, but it’s best we don’t go any further with that fantasy. Certain partisans of other teams might claim that we Bomber fans are delusional and that we are trying to change history.

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Sorry, do you mean 1000 combined between Fletcher and Antwi? Because if its between all 3 rb’s then that is going to be bottom of the league.