Ticats Sign New Running Back and Release (Then Add) West

According to the cfl.ca website, the Ticats signed running back Terry Caulley to their development roster and released defensive lineman Marcus West today.

Caulley was signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent on Apr 30/07 and released on Jun 1/07.

Here is some background on Caulley's college football career from the ESPN Draft Tracker and Scouts Inc.:

"Terry Caulley
RB | (5'7", 185, 4.39) | CONNECTICUT

Overall: Caulley started nine of the 10 games he appeared in during his true freshman season in 2002, rushing for 1,247 yards and 15 touchdowns on 220 carries. He also caught 25 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown that year. Caulley started the first five games of the 2003 season but he sustained a season-ending knee injury. He rushed for 607 yards and seven touchdowns on 89 carries and caught 14 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown that year. Connecticut red shirted Caulley in 2004. He returned to start 10 of the 11 games he appeared in during the 2005 season rushing for 659 yards and six touchdowns on 141 carries and catching 26 passes for 176 yards. In 2006 Caulley appeared in 10 of 12 games, starting the first seven contests before an injury limited him, and finished with 120 carries for 674 yards (5.6 average)..."

Interesting- from last year...

S[i]cout.com Player Evaluation:
STRENGTHS
Change-of-Direction
Cutback Ability
Foot Quickness

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Durability
Power
Tackle-Breaking Ability
A competitive ball-handler who plays bigger and stronger than his listed size, Caulley is a change-of-pace back who will help his standing if he is able to handle duties as a return specialist this summer.
os:

Tiny yet elusive ball-handler with a variety of skill. Weaves through the small creases of the defense, making defenders miss or bouncing around piles. Quickly gets through the cutback lanes and is a solid receiver who pulls the errant pass from the air.

Neg:

Does not play to his 40-time. Has suffered with injuries the past three seasons. Not a heavy-duty back who can take a pounding. [/i]

This doesn't sound like the kind of back that fits current offensive schemes. We prefer the power profile so this is an interesting pick-up.

Return man to back-up or push Armstead?
Tiny perfect receiver?

What d'ja think?

We need Armstead fresh to get
the best speed from him as a WR.

Return man, Mark.

These are excellent
Return man [b]STRENGTHS

Change-of-Direction
Cutback Ability
Foot Quickness[/b]

another runningback under 200 lbs. lets get some 235 lb. workhorse backs, the cats should have signed robert edwards, at least try an get antonio warren up here, this team needs big backs we are running a power running game.

Same height as Davis but 20 pounds lighter.

get antonio warren and hakim hill on the phone.

Here is a bit more information on Terry Caulley from a Washington Post Insider blog on Apr 30/07:

"Caulley leaves UConn as the holder of nearly every major rushing record in school history. He started 31 of 36 games and rushed for 3,187 yards on 570 attempts (5.6 average) and 31 touchdowns. Caulley had 13 career 100-yard rushing games."

In checking various NFL Draft websites, Caulley's 40 yard dash time has been reported to be 4.31, 4.33, 4.39 and 4.43, all very fast times.

why do we keep signing small players??

I think it could be a good fit. Speed and strength from Lumsden, power back in Davis and speed from the new kid.

Whats with all this big power back talk? Most of the best RBs currently in the CFL and its history have been smaller backs.

great another rb, what we need is a de to help mckay loescher putting pressure on the qb.

yup

The next Ezra Landry?

And with the release of West, expect some NFL cuts real soon to strengthen our pass rush.

A blockbuster signing. :wink:

The Ticat Transactions section on cfl.ca on Aug 20/07 indicated that defensive lineman Marcus West had been released. However, the Ticat Transactions section on cfl.ca on Aug 21/07 notes that Marcus West has been added to the roster again.

Because if they were any larger, they would still be playing in the NFL now.
This is a good signing, and should complement Lumsden very nicely.
He is also a very good Pass catcher, something that Davis was lacking. Expect Davis to be released soon, if this new guy makes the Team....

The Eagle :thup: :thup: :thup: