Taylor Reed

so I'm fast tracking the stages of loss and grief. next up, stage 5, acceptance!

good luck Tank. not re-signing you will bite us in the ass

now onto the new. admittedly I don't know much aboot this feller Alex Hoffman-Ellis.

would you say he was a better LB than Tank or atleast equal? please lie to me if he is not quite as good as Reed, I don't want to do step 1 through 4 again. :cry:

He filled in admirably for Soloman Elimimian(sp?) when he went down with an Achilles tear...

was it at MLB?

WILL - same side as Simoni. Drew thinks that either one could move to MIKE…

wait.. he was Soloman's back up? or they just moved him from one LB position to another?

I'm only repeating what has already been published by Drew. I have no idea if he was a backup, starter that moved position, emergency fill-in, or a guy Wally found in the rough...

I had to look.. Alex's stats

2014 BC 0 0.0 8
2015 BC 3 0.0 57

8 tackles in 2014 (out with Achilles.. gulp) and 57 in 2015.

please tell me we are signing someone else to play Middle?

I think I'm back to stage 2..anger

Filled his roster spot, yes, but didn't play in the middle.

He was an outside LB, and replaced Bighill who moved into the middle to replace Eliminian, which is where Bighill belongs anyway.

Taylor Reed was a nobody cut from the Bombers when we got him, im sure we'll have the best player available suit up for the position. Plus isnt Juwan Simpson still available? I'd take him over Reed any day

I dunno 15.. Reed is what 25? Simpson is in his 30's and coming off an injury. Stats wise they are identical. I think Kent made a mistake not re-signing him but we will see, he does have a good track record so maybe he's got a plan.

in KA we trust

Around 9 players lost now, its starting to add up. If Emanuel Davis walks it starts to get ugly.

We have no idea who's on his (and Tillman's) radar withing the ranks of both the CIS and NCAA. For all we know, Plesius could be re-signed and be given the opportunity to compete for MIKE.

Juwan Simpson is a motivator and leader sort of like Simoni Lawrence and seems like more of a force in the middle than Reed. More of a sure tackler/hard hitter. Age in the CFL is a dying concern wth all these 1 year deals being handed out. Being 25 or 30 and playing 1-2 years before moving on seems about the same to me.

Yes Davis is a must sign and Hall as well, but, There are still tons of free agents still available
According to Drew Edwards The Cats have reportedly signed DB Demond Washington

"reportedly signed free agent defensive back Demond Washington, a four-year veteran who can play halfback and corner as well as return kicks,"

I could play MLB with Laurent taking on 620lbs of double teaming linemen every snap.
Well maybe not. :stuck_out_tongue:

Washington is an improvement over Gainey I think.

Dead wrong. These players weren't lost...if they were in Austin's plans, they'd be re-signed by now.

[url=http://3downnation.com/2016/02/10/ticats-right-to-move-on-from-fan-favourites-hard-is-it-may-be/]http://3downnation.com/2016/02/10/ticat ... it-may-be/[/url]

[b]The difficult part of the rebuilding process sometimes comes in the deconstruction.

The 2016 edition of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was always going to look vastly different than last year’s team, especially with more than 30 players slated to hit the free agent market. That the team had a couple of big name Canadians to sign — defensive tackle Ted Laurent and defensive back Courtney Stephen were never going to come cheap — made it all the more certain that change was in the offing.

Still, Wednesday’s news that several players from last year’s club had signed elsewhere — including veteran receiver Bakari Grant, the longest serving Ticat after Peter Dyakowski — were heading to other teams was … well, just a little weird. Even the most strident Black and Gold fan understands the cold-hearted business side of football but watching stalwarts like Grant, kicker Justin Medlock and linebacker Taylor Reed move on can still be disconcerting.

Grant, as per usual, handled his departure like a pro. Just minutes after the news that he’d signed with the Calgary Stampeders broke, he tweeted out a heartfelt thanks to the fans and organization. This is the guy who scored the first touchdown at the new Tim Hortons Stadium — and promptly gave the ball to owner Bob Young, standing on the sidelines of the House that Bob Built.

But here’s the harsh reality, delivered with as much respect to the departing players as possible: none of the guys who have left, not Grant, Reed, Medlock, defensive backs Brandon Stewart and Ed Gainey or defensive end Arnaud Gascon-Nadon — were in the Ticats plans moving forward.

Part of it is simple economics. For every Laurent, Stephen, Zach Collaros, Brandon Banks, John Chick or Luke Tasker — guys on the upper end of the pay scale — there must be a corresponding number of players on entry-level or exceedingly affordable deals. Good teams don’t pay for talent they should be able to find themselves and Kent Austin and his football operations staff have shown they have the ability to do that (see Underwood, Tiquan and Toliver, Terrence.)

The other part is straight football: better is better as former general manager Bob O’Billovich used to say. After two years with Reed, five with Grant, three with Gascon-Nadon, it’s very possible — even likely — that we’ve seen their full potential. Can’t say the same for Toliver, Underwood or Alex Hoffman-Ellis, the linebacker the team signed on Tuesday. Stewart is almost 30. Gainey had a hard time keeping his starting job last year and was one of the goats on the 93-yard touchdown play that effectively ended the Ticats’ season.

That’s harsh, for sure. But it’s also the reality of football where there are very few happy endings. Ask Mike Morreale, Rob Hitchcock, Marwan Hage or countless other Ticat greats before and since. Ask Chad Owens, face of the Argonauts through some dark times and a former CFL Most Outstanding Player, currently sitting at home waiting for a contract offer that doesn’t feel shameful.

And the Ticats still have some work to do. They have reportedly signed free agent defensive back Demond Washington, a four-year veteran who can play halfback and corner as well as return kicks, and have brought back offensive tackle Brian Simmons, who was traded away last September. But there remains a big hole on the roster: kicker.

With Medlock’s departure, the team is without a hoofer of any kind and the free agent market is uncomfortably thin. Former Argonaut Swayze Waters makes sense but he’s drawing NFL interest and had a workout with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.

There are other options: UBC kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk was ranked No. 20 in the last draft rankings and there are plenty of Americans looking for a job. But getting one that can do all three jobs — even Medlock struggled with punting — can be a challenge (especially in The Wind Tunnel that Bob Built.)

Whoever they find probably shouldn’t get too comfortable. The last guy kicked a playoff game-winner and didn’t get a contract offer. He’s in Winnipeg now.[/b]

I am dead wrong but the article you quote says this

[b]The difficult part of the rebuilding process sometimes comes in the deconstruction.[/b]
I am not knocking the Ticats but the way the SMS, the draft and one year contract come together creates an environment where this will be the new normal.

Teams fall under 3 categories and this season we get:

Robbers: Saskatchewan added 12 free agents and Winnipeg added 9 free agents.
Donors: Edmonton Lost 7, Hamilton lost 9, Ottawa lost 5, Toronto lost 5
Bystanders: Montreal ,Calgary, BC

Next year, teams will change category but we will see the same thing happen again and depending on how successful the Riders experiment is we may see even more turnover.

Overall IMO leads to a drop in continuity, systems and overall quality of the game but it allows teams that get in trouble like the Riders to wreck the teams ahead of them (leveling by the bottom) and keep their fans from bailing.

Now your other claim that all these players are guys that Austin didn't want is bizarre. Austin traded for Edem a couple months ago. Medlock leaves you guys without a place kicker. I think it comes down to priorities and the Ticats fixated with good reason on getting their two National starters extended (Stephen and Laurent) no matter what it was going to cost and then deal with the fallout. They protected their core and managed that well.

Someone dont watch much TiCat Football Tank was our best Linebacker for 2 years ......

8) Towards the end of last season, the inside word was that Reed would not be returning to the Cats !!
    If Austin had really wanted to retain him, he would have at least offered him a contract.......which he didn't.

Hi EE. I think Mr 15 meant that upon arrival to us Tank was an unknown. Atleast that's what I'm thinking... No one would say tanks a no body on the field