Moving on and time to look at the 2019 edition. Speculating now that the freeze on signing bonuses is likely the reason the last wave of good available FAs have yet to sign. Okpalaugo and Drake Nevis are going to play somewhere. Jovan Olafioye same boat.
While not as deep as I hope they will be come June, Bombers do have strength in a number of spots. In the secondary I like Brandon Alexander at boundary corner lined up next to Anthony Gaitor. Sayles playing field half, Winston Rose at field corner with Chandler Fenner at cover linebacker. Sounds like Derek Jones has been anointed. All in all, capable with potential given some time, Gaitor, the key guy assigned to the top receivers. Hope they all stay healthy. Chris Humes unproven as a backup.
Still hoping for Abu Conteh and wonder if the Bombers drafted Adeleke instead would he have gotten the chance he did in Calgary. Jake Firlotte is another I hope does well and someone who may open the door to a hugely overlooked source of talent in indigenous populations. Perhaps indicative of not many having a path to US schools or training. Smarter than they look some of them :). Many gifted athletes among them but very few in the CFL.
At LB Adam Bighill is going to be the man. The weight of Winnipeg expectation on his shoulders. Others are saying Kyrie Wilson is an upgrade at WIL and that it is an easy position to fill so all good once again. Wish Shayne Gauthier, Jesse Briggs,and Tom Miles the best in finding increased roles with the team and not related to injury. Bighill goes down and there will be a hush.
Soft spot still at DT that really would be a bad place to try and save money imo. Big part of the job is to keep blockers off Bighill. Nevis and Bryant are a nice sized combination and a no brainer move if the team is serious about competing. Maxx Forde is up from Trent Corney who was never really here.
Comparing 90 yd interception for tds, Oko’s from 2017 graded out ahead of Willie J’s last year but Willie had more. Jeffersons deal seems to be stay at the line and use the wingspan to shut down the boundary side targets, closing once pressure forces the qb out. 34 tackles compared to Jagerd Davis at 59 suggest different strategies rather than ability although maybe Davis is just really good as well.
Noose could be tightened on Lapos neck if the O can’t get going. Andrew Harris, God rest his soul.