There will be no shortage of qualified recievers.
Ernest Jackson, Jo Jo, Mitchell, and Cohen are all coming back as CFL experienced guys.
Should make for an interesting camp, and the teams most improved area under Obie!
Just a quick point - under what methodology are you pegging Quinnie as the best receiver in the AFL last year? He was 24th in receiving yards and 19th in touchdowns. Just as a point of comparison, Argos signee Kenny Higgins was 4th in TDs and Receiving Yards, and Argos signee Clennard Saintil was 6th in TDs and 12th in Receiving yards. But neither of those guys would likely be considered the best either - that would be Chris Jackson who was 2nd in both TDs and Receiving Yards. YPC is not any better for him.
He could definitely be a great player, we'll have to see in camp, but best in the AFL - I think that might be a stretch.
I think that the Cats are uncertain at receiver at this point. Prechae is a comer no doubt, but for him to be considered in the leagues elite, he is going to have to get better at being a 'receiver" rather than a jump ball kind of guy.
This year will be a make or break year for Bauman, Mitchell and Cohen. bauman as a NI has it pretty well in a lock, but I can't see both Cohen and Mitchell making the team. Davis looks OK, Who knows about Quinnie and Morant.....nobody really knew anything about Jamel Richardson last year and look what happened.
There are two things that I just don't understand....firstly why doesnt JOJO get a real shot....a handy multi faceted guy and one of the few Cats who never gave up last year, even in the blowout games. He HAD to be better than Woodcock, who is a great guy, but who's career ended after the 2002 Grey Cup.
The second thing is the almost "jesse-esque" love affair with Ernest Jackson. What has he shown in the 5 career catches that I certainly haven't seen?
Of course alot of this hinges on how well the QBs performed. It was difficult to guage how good any of them were cause the ticat QBs were underperforming. With Casey throwing the ball into the turf, and the backup who in truth was an RB how could throw a bit, well the receivers can't throw the ball to themselves. Things got better with Porter, and I have no reason to beleive that it won't get better this year.
By my count, the Cats 'starting' 4 will be all imports and Bauman likely the 5th coming in to replace the Canadian fullback. IMO, Prechae is the only lock. Cohen, Mitchell, Jackson, and Davis all showed flashes last year but will need to show a good measure of consistency at camp to hold onto a roster spot but the contract extension for Davis is a pretty good indication of how the staff feel about him as well. I like Morant based on his year in blue and I think he will really have something to prove after being cut.
my starting 4 right now: (short side) Rodriguez - Mitchell - Morant - (Bauman) - Davis (wide side)
I don't think there is any doubt JoJo was better than Woodcock - it was strictly a ratio thing. JoJo is better than Danny Desriveaux too, but would he start for Montreal? No. That field WR is a non-import position. Let's not forget, that is where Cahoon played his rookie season so many moons ago.
Regarding JoJo getting a shot, it has to be an attitude thing. He is a very talented receiver and makes gutsy catches, but for some reason he is always on and off the roster...
The Cats' "starting" 4 will not necessarily all be imports. If so, who are your 2 "starting" Canadian defensive players and their respective back-ups?
The way I see it, the only way Jo Jo makes the team is as a kick returner. And even that is a longshot now, knowing Obie is very impressed with some of the speedster receivers who have shown up at the recent Ticat Florida FA camp. These bullet boys will no doubt get serious looks at the KR spot.
I believe JoJo has a lot more to offer the Ti-Cats than just returning kicks... He is a tough as nails receiver that never quits on a ball even if he has to lay out or get laid out to make the play. I hope these rookie speedsters have the heart and never give up attitude JoJo has they may be fast but speed doesn't make the over the middle catches for you.
If JoJo shows up to training camp and plays the way he did in last years camp I will guarantee he makes the 09 roster not only as a returner but as a receiver as well. Last years training camp JoJo was hands down the best receiver out there, and if it wasn't for an elbow injury the day before our season opener he would have started the first game.
Tabbie Tracker, As for JoJo's attitude, he is a quiet, soft spoken guy who just keeps his head up and works hard no matter what he has to deal with. I have met him personally and I can say for a fact he is a great guy and a team player.
I really hope he makes this 09 team and actually gets his chance to shine, because he will.