As a point of interest, here are some stats compiled from numerous internet websites showing the career average yards per catch (NCAA/CFL or NFL Europe or AFL) of the current members of the Ticat receiving corps:
Richard Alston- NCAA 19.5 avg., CFL 11.3 avg.
Ivan Birungi- NCAA n/a, CFL n/a
Nicolas Bisaillon- NCAA n/a, CFL n/a
Kwame Cavil- NCAA 13.0 avg., CFL 12.1 avg.
Nate Curry- NCAA 12.9 avg., NFLE 12.3 avg.
Iain Fleming- NCAA n/a, CFL 3.0 avg.
Devon Fowlkes- NCAA 14.9 avg., CFL 18.0 avg.
Atnas Maeko- NCAA n/a, AFL2 16.7 avg.
Mike Morreale- NCAA n/a, CFL 13.1 avg.
Kendall Newson- NCAA 12.9 avg., NFLE 16.8 avg.
Brock Ralph- NCAA 14.0 avg., CFL 12.0 avg.
Taylor Stubblefield- NCAA 10.9 avg., CFL 3.0 avg.
Jovan Witherspoon- NCAA 13.7 avg., NFLE 11.8 avg.
One footnote is that the 3.0 yard averages of Iain Fleming and Taylor Stubblefield in CFL consist of only one catch apiece.
By contrast, here are the yards-per-catch averages of the top four CFL receivers in 2006 over their last five CFL seasons:
Geroy Simon- 16.7 avg.
Arland Bruce III- 18.9 avg.
Jason Tucker- 18.6 avg.
Milt Stegall- 15.1 avg.
At first glance, the stats would therefore suggest that most of the recent Ticat acquisitions at receiver are "possession" receivers. While every team needs a few receivers of that type, it will be interesting to see whether anyone from among Richard Alston, DeVon Fowlkes, Kendall Newson, Brock Ralph and/or Jovan Witherspoon can get to the the next level and provide a much needed deep threat this year with the help of new receivers coach Dennis Goldman. In the meantime, perhaps the Ticats will bring one or two more receivers to training camp (approximately ten weeks from now) to heighten the competition.