I'm not as thrilled with Oliveira as some are, though hopefully he can produce the kind of production Harris had. You pretty much have to get 5 yds/carry in the CFL. The "elite" backs do that. Oliveira was almost a full yard behind Harris running behind the same dominant OL. He was in Timothy Flanders territory, a guy with similar touches.
The Bombers will be good but IMO there will be no dominant team in the West or East this year. Missing Desjarlais, Harris, Lawler & Adams on Offence is no small thing. Missing Darby, Richardson & Alford on Defence plus Castillo are also big holes. It brings to mind the 2013 Riders for me & the half dozen or so big contributors that were gone the following year. I wouldn't dismiss the Bombers, but they have their work cut out for them.
The next man up would be Dakota Prukop. We plan to let him get him acclimatized by letting Zack Collaros play the first 16 games of this upcoming season. Once first place is locked up with a couple games remaining it'll be Dakota Prukop's turn to show us what he's learned. After that we'll be issuing report cards and holding parent teacher conferences.
The bombers won it all back to back, looking for triple crown so to speak... at least two other western teams will contend hard by the time the playoffs roll around. In the east, the ticats will again be looking for revenge and building to that end. Back in the west the contenders know that the Bombers are the team to beat and will build to that result. Time will tell if anyone succeeded