Just thought i would voice my optimism and do a quick study of The TC Roster, from a fans perspective which player's do you expect to stand out at camp? After months of analyzing player's through stats/records/video/coaches/former coaches ETC. the time has come for these guys to put up or shut up. I know our roster is full of new player's, so listing them all on this post would make it long and boring, so let's just talk about WHO we could expect to make or break this training camp. Here are my thoughts:
QB --- I expect all 4 QB's to push each other and that will only make them that much better. I expect Buck will be our starter come July 2ND with Jyles likely to be back-up, making a solid 1-2 QB Combo something we have lacked for many years. I would not write off DiMichele or Brink pushing for the #2 spot, but likely one will be 3RD, the other going on IR or PR, of course nothing would surprise me here.
RB --- Reid and Bernard make a dangerous 1-2 RB punch with Bernard proving he can block, run and catch out of the backfield, i would be very surprised to see Reid and Bernard as starter's on opening day. They will still have to work though with the likes of Marc, Stephenson, Senecal and possibly Woodson waiting for there chance. I expect Stephenson to push for a roster spot as #3 and special teams, i also think that Senecal, being a stand out on Special Teams will make a good push for a roster spot. Marc being an Import and already 28 years old will be hard pressed to make team unless he shines BIG TIME.
WR --- Oh Yeah the most competetive spot at training camp should live up to expectations with no clear cut favorites to make the team with the exception of Bowman and possibly Edwards, but Edwards will be pushed hard by some talented young Import Reciever's. Arthur, Hargreaves, McHenry, Ralph and Ionnides will push each other for the NI reciever roster spots. With the exception of Ralph, this is a younger group that may just push Ralph to the brink, none of these guys are safe, but the younger guys hold the edge over Ralph, not to mention all these reciever's are BIG bodies. Arthur and Hargreves should make team unless Ralph, Ionnides or McHenry really show well, will be competetive for sure. I expect Franklin, Hall, Jeffers-Harris, Davis, Strickland and Shelton to give it there all as they all are talented and promising. I personally like the chances of Hall, Strickland and Shelton, Hall being a young stand-out, Strickland and Shelton have speed to burn, Shelton should make team as a PR/KR to ease the pressure of JJ, i won't count out the other guys either, will be a great battle. Forgot to include Watson who will provide even more competition for a NI spot.
OL --- All of last years starter's are back for another crack which is great news as they gave up the LEAST amount of sacks last season, protecting the QB'S is essential. Is this a lock for these 5 guys? I would say no and i expect BIG Butler, Hashem and Douglas to push last seasons guys hard, i would say 1-2 new player's on the OL.
K/P --- Only position that should already be set with Serna being the kicker and Renaud doing the punting.
Secondary --- Logan should be a lock at safety, Johnson and Glover on the corner's, Craver moving to DB but will be pushed this season by Stewart, Kent, Jules, Hicks and Brown and Browne. I think Stewart and Kent will push hard but won't count out Donald Brown as well, Jules does not really get me excited at DB but could surprise. LB should see Charlton, Lobedahn, Labbe fighting to make the team with promising LB'S Wallace, Smith, Courtney and Carter, Nkang and Houston. I like Carter and Wallace's chances to make team.
DLine --- Brown is a for sure, Odell Willis, Phillip Hunt, Dorian Smith, Oramasionwu and Oduwole are all good player's and should have the inside track but Chandler and R.Willis are also promising, i like Chandler's chances.
Well that is my take, as we all know this is the CFL and anyone can surprise (see Hefney last season), this will be a highly competetive camp at all positions!!
LETS GET IT ON!!! :rockin: