I expect 2022 pick OL Sage Doxtater to be available sometime this off season. Has been released by two NFL teams this year. Looks like his best position in the CFL will be at Guard going by his scouting report.
Left tackle with great size and poor athleticism. Doxtater displays above-average lower body power to drive opponents in the run game. He lacks foot speed to pass protect on an island and shows poor technique and leverage. Doxtater projects as a camp body due to his size, who has too many holes to stick on a practice squad.
Sage is going to play for XFL’s Houston. Maybe a good thing as he hasn’t played much the last couple of years. Don’t see him starting right away with the Argos. Maybe he will get another crack at the NFL again first, which could mean he doesn’t come to Toronto until September.
That’s what the NFL scouting report says about him. Which means he plays Guard in the CFL. The good rush ends in the CFL would tie him in knots. Starting to wonder if the plan for the offensive line is to go with 4 Nationals again by signing another proven starter in Ciraco.
Maybe down the road McKellar and/or Churchill could be a starting Tackle. Richards was tried at right tackle a few times in 2022 with mixed results to be kind. Churchill is from Saskatchewan and Richards is from Calgary. Don’t they all go home eventually. I believe Doxtater will eventually make his way to the Argos.
According to the 3Down guys Sage Doxtater has accepted a minicamp invite with New Orleans where he spent some time last year on their practice roster. So he did get to start and play 5 games at LT in the XFL but was then injured and didn’t play the other 5 games. So he may go to training camp again with the Saints and possibly end up on their practice roster again for a while. More frustration for the Argo fans like me. The CFL teams waiting for these borderline Canadian NFL players kind of reminds me of that old Country song “Pick me up on your way down when you’re blue and all alone”. Mean while the Argos have a LT on their roster Isaiah Cage who IMO is a better player than Sage but because his Mother isn’t Canadian and he didn’t play 4 years for a OUA team he may not make the starting lineup because of the ratio numbers game. But I don’t think Ciraco was signed to be a backup. Maybe Hunter moves to LT and Ciraco plays LG to give them 4 Nationals starting on the OL. Now if Cage was the Nationalized National that would give them a better OL, for he is IMO the best one in camp. But he has had concussion issues so we’ll see how it goes in TC.
With Churchill being dealt to Edmonton it opens up a spot IMO for another Canadian Offensive Lineman. Sage Doxtater could be on his way. Haven’t seen any evidence that he was signed by New Orleans after attending their recent mini camp.
The Argos still have a huge collection of Canadian O-lineman for TC - even if Doxtator does not show up; plus they have some import OTs and may pencil-in 2 starters there. Hunter, or Richards, or MacKellar (all-Canadian OT in the AUS) or drat pick Vandal (3 straight years a Q all-star OT), might all be able to win an OT starting job, as Doxtater might, if it was open competition; but not if it’s pencilled-in imports only - which I suspect it will be ? Still that would leave CFL starter experienced Ciraco, Bladek, Hunter & Nicastro to fight for the 3 interior starting jobs, and does one of those guys just become a back-up?; and then there are several other former Argo draft pick O-linemen to figure a spot for ?
A CFL team in O-line need might be advised to sniff around Argo TC for O-line cuts or maybe try to swing a trade deal ?
Churchill didn’t exactly bring a big return from Edmonton which kind of tells me his stock has fallen from being a #1 draft pick with potential to start. And the feeling could also be they expected him to sign as a FA back home this coming off season. So get something for him now. The only Canadian I see possibly playing tackle is Hunter with maybe Ciraco sliding into LG backed by Mackellar. Ciraco can also play Center if needed to back up Nicastro. If the League does go ahead with this Nationalized Canadian format, Cage would be eligible to be that guy and play LT. That would be the strongest scenario IMO. But if Hunter can slide over and Doxtater arrives to back up there I can see that happening as well. We will see what they think of the five extra Canadians at cut down day. Will they be let go or placed on the injured list for depth.
looks like the Argos made the right call in shipping out #1 pick Churchill and keeping #4 pick Giffen from a couple of years ago… I watched him closely Sunday night when I saw he was starting at RG. I thought he did a great job. The Elks have some big dudes on their DL and I thought Giff handled them very well. Maybe the Coaches saw that in TC that his time had come and I can’t see him coming out of the starting lineup very easily. Maybe time to see if they can get a draft pick or two from somebody on the “injured” list. And we can’t forget about Doxtater still out there in limbo. But was apparently injured in the last half of the season this past spring down south, so he may be still in recovery for now. But in the pipeline as Barker says.
News on Sage Doxteter has seemingly died up. His last football signing was with Houston where he played 5 games and then was on the injured list for the remainder of that season. So he’s apparently in limbo waiting for a NFL practice roster spot, or doesn’t like the Argos offer or maybe they haven’t presented an offer at this time. With the signing of Nicastro to a new 3 year contract the Argos are pretty well set at their two guards and center spots and a couple of good back ups IMO in MacKellar and Giffen. I don’t know where Bladek fits in now going forward but he is a pretty good Guard when healthy. I would have rated him ahead of the two backups at the start of the season, but their development and probably cheaper contracts may make him expendable. They sill have former #1 pick Richards around for now as well. Braydon Noll on the PR. So maybe there is no rush to sign Doxtater. I like the starting Imports Cage and Allen with Tate as the back ups. Hopefully they can be kept around like Winnipeg has done for years with their two tackles. GOOD Canadian OLinemen are hard to find nowadays that are capable of protecting the QB’s in this League. Just look at Edmonton with 4 veteran OL’s and their QB’s are running for their lives on almost every passing play. The DL’s in the League are very good especially at getting after the QB’s. IMO the people running the Argos right now are smart football people and its showing with the makeup of this team. It’s nice to see this team keep their good players instead of them leaving for NFL tryouts or by FA’s.
Well Sage Doxtater is in the news again as he signs with St. Louis which may be a good thing for him and the Argos. These OLinemen need to get game experience IMO instead of practice rosters etc. I don’t think the Argos need him right now with their current line and backups. Maybe he will be available later in the year if injuries start piling up. Hope he has a good season down there.