Antwane Grant has been great in camp. He does the little things as a receiver that make him open consistently....the slowdown so the DB slows and then the burst to the ball in the last second....the act of putting his hands up at the start of a cross so it looks like a hook and draws someone out of position. He missed a couple in the game (one was a bad drop, another he would have simply made a highlight catch) but he looks very good. Even with Roosevelt and Carter, he may have had the best camp....he was up there anyways.
Kacy Rodgers impressed me in limited action last season...but I think he might be the best DB on the Rider's roster...which is saying a lot because Gainey was the most successful pass defender in the league in 2016. His technique is seemingly perfect. It is so good that you tend to think he might be slow because he clearly puts so much homework into it but he is actually fairly fast as well. If I am a scout I see where he played HS ball and who his coach was and follow leads to post secondary players from there because he was taught well.
Late addition Moncrief at SAM looks like he might pan out very well. He came in the 2nd week of camp and from the time he stepped on the field has been impressive. It was kind of weird seeing him come on because he made 3 big plays in about 5 plays run, and you were like 'who is this guy' because he hadn't been around. He has just gotten better each day, but to come in and play SAM day one with no CFL experience and read the plays like he was...might be something there. He has rotated to Safety some as well...his natural position.
Mrabure is listed at 250...no way. He is 275 or 280 now. He looked pretty good last season for a rookie on the DL. Better at DE than DT but they liked his push at DT...now he put on the extra muscle mass and is actually probably the best DT on the team....I was shocked by this.
Willie Jefferson....not much needed to say there...the guy is a stud and amazing athlete...I think most CFL fans already knew that though.
There have been others that of course have had their moments, but those ones really stand out to me.
I think the single biggest surprise of camp has been the NIs on the OL as a whole though to be perfectly honest. I know this sounds heavily green tinted but they did well on the OL draft. Murphy has always been good with OL and in particular NI...it shows with this group. JSJ has been solid and I would project him as the starting RG. Guy has a legit chance of pushing Clark. Bladek you can just tell is going to be for real...I don't know if he is ready hear and now, but I would feel comfortable playing him in a pinch...he would make errors but he would get by...he has a great work ethic...he is always with the workhorses like Bagg in individuals. Adusei was converted from DT to OT and has actually done exceedingly well for playing a new spot..and I mean he is 21 so....he is most likely to be let go, but with his age it might be a big mistake. Meredith has actually stepped in as LT a fair bit and actually didn't look terribly out of place...and he looks ready to start at OG IMO. Even their Jr guy is doing well. I kept thinking the DL just wasn't cutting it because there was no way they could flip their content so well in one year but it is starting to look like they have. They already moved Vonk and I am expecting them to move someone else...they are going to have a hard time keeping all of these guys around and there really isn't a lot NI wise I would want to cut. Then they still have LaBatte, Clark, Dyakowski, and White. I am not saying that they could start all of these young guys but mixing in with vets they would be alright...they will make mistakes but they seem like a solid very group.