The offseason is finally winding down with the opening of rookie camp just around the corner. We're 3 weeks away from our first preseason game on June 8. Any thoughts or bold predictions for camp, or things you'd like to see?
Some of my guesses -
Oline ends up starting 3 Americans (left to right) Bryant-Bond-Goosen-Chungh-Daniels or Hardrick. Neufeld and Keeping end up on the roster as backups, our draft pick Couture on the PR.
National starters looks something like - Goosen, Chungh, Harris, Kohlert, and a rotation at FB and receiver including Richards/Cronk/Normand/Feoli-Gudino on offense, and Westerman and Shologan on defence. Considering we started 8 Nationals most of last year I have a feeling we do so again this year and start another National on defense, with one of Hurl/Waggoner/Bucknor and maybe even Loeffler in the mix on the field.
From our draft picks, I think Loeffler and Corney make the active roster. Couture, Butcher, and Intzandt I think may end up on the PR.
I would like to see them keep draft pick Rupert Butcher at DL where he played in college and not flip him to OL. We've drafted a few guys in the last few years with the idea of flipping them onto the opposite side of the ball. Last year we drafted a DL in Ettore Lattanzio with the idea of making him a FB. It was a massive failure, we cut him, and he ends up on the DL in a back up role in Ottawa and played decent in limited snaps. Not sure why he never got any Dline opportunity here. The position flip flop worked for Chris Greaves, and Brad Sinopoli as another that springs to mind, but generally speaking they aren't very successful. The guy terrorized OL at the combine, let him try do it at the pro level IMO.
Still have no idea who starts at the DE spot opposite Westerman. Guys I thought would be favourites in that role, Justin Cole and Derrell Johnson, are listed as LBs on the roster. Maybe the plan is to go with more of a 3-4 type alignment using Westerman-Shologan-Cummings as the mainstays up front and disguising another rusher amongst the linebackers with some combo of Cole, Johnson, Wild, Bass, and maybe Tony Burnett?
Dark horse pick to make the starting roster - Receiver Kris Adams.