In 10 days from now,the 2010 training for rookies will begin; 4 days later, the "official" training camp will start. Every year, some veterans are released and this year will not be different.Presently,the Als off-season roster totals 83, consisting of 44 imports and 39 non-imports; if we exclude the rookies, the total becomes 60,i.e. 29 imports and 31 non-imports.
While no one knows exactly who will be released, I have made a list of some veterans who could be in danger, at least according to me; I am including only the veterans who were with the Als last season. Veterans such as Cody Pickett, Gavin Walls,etc are not including in my list,although they could be in danger. This sign * besides a name means that this veteran dressed for the 2009 Grey Cup. Criteria such as quality of newcomers,salaries,versatility,age along with health/injurie will determine,in most, if not all, cases who will be released.
To me, some of the following veterans will not be included in the official roster,when the 2010 regular season begins. They are:
J.P. Bekasiak * -DT, N- Main competition will come from Pat MacDonald who is also a long-snapper.
Darrell Campbel -DT,I- Had a good 2009 training camp but a so so season. 8 tackles. Marcus Smith main competition,presently.
Michael Giffin -FB,N- Often injured. Main competition from Reed Anderson who is also a long-snapper.
Cory Huclack * -LS,N-Competition from Justin Conn,also LS, and Brian Ridgeway.
Shawn Mayne -DE,N- Competition from Chris Parris.
Jeff Robertshaw *- DE,N- Competition from Chris Parris. Depends-also- if 6,rather than 5, import DL are dressed.
Stanford Samuels -DB,I- Did not dress for many games. Less expensive competition?
Walter Spencer * -LB,N- Injured during 10 games; 31; Salary? Competition from Conn and Ridgeway.
Brandon Whitaker-RB,I- Did dress for only a few games. Competition from Corey Council,also Return specialist, and Roosevelt Ross.
Joel Wright -S,N- Injured. Did not dress for too many games in last years. Competition from Doug Goldsby, Steven Holness and,maybe, Marc-Olivier Brouillette.
I will be extremely surprised if some of the above veterans are not released,before beginning of 2010 regular season. While not included in the list, players such as Bryan Chiu and Paul Lambert could /may also be in danger. Play of rookies/2nd year players such as David Bouchard,Ryan Bomben,Dylan Sttenbergen and Andrew Woodruff will dictate if Chiu and/or Lambert are on the roster at the beginning of 2010 season.
Answers will/may come faster than we think.
Wishing the Als and all other CFL teams a good 2010 season.