Sunday, May 31, 2009

Looking Ahead to the CFL Player Awards

Though the annual CFL Player Awards are the last thing on the minds of Canadian Football fans right now, it is never too early to look ahead and ponder who will be the top performers of the year. With all the moves of the off-season passed, we can better digress who may shine for their respective team.

In a league packed with star players and rising stars, which players will outperform everyone else. Who will be named the Defensive Player of the Year? Which rookie will be named the Rookie of The Year? And will a player other than a quarterback win the Most Outstanding Player Award.

Here is my take on who will win each award:

Outstanding Player

There are always a lot of players to consider when predicting who will win the Outstanding Player of the Year Award. Quarterbacks always seem to be favoured to win this coveted award and there are no shortages of options to pick.

Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray always put up MOP calibre numbers. Last years finalists Anthony Calvillo and Henry Burris could also very well compete for the award.

It may well be a running back who claims the hardware. Joffrey Reynolds is fresh off winning the rushing title and should continue to be strong behind a rejuvenated offensive line. Wes Cates and Avon Coburne will also be two running backs to watch for.

But for my prediction I am not picking a running back or a quarterback. This of course leaves wide receivers. Jamal Richardson, Geroy Simon, Ben Cahoon and Weston Dressler are just a few of the talented receivers to watch for.

My pick however, is BC slotback Paris Jackson. Paris Jackson is a wildcard pick, but he is one of the rising stars in the league and should see more passes thrown his way with the departure of Jason Clermont.

Throw in the fact that BC has no proven running game and defenders seem to key on Geroy Simon, and Paris Jackson could be the bright light on the Lions.

Outstanding Defensive Player

Cameron Wake, had he not bolted to the NFL, would have been the favourites to capture this award once again. As it stands, there are plenty of players who will compete hard to win the award.

Unlike Wake however, I don’t believe that another defensive lineman will win the award because no lineman rely stood out all that much beside Cameron Wake. Doug Brown got nominated last year out of the East, but I believed his nomination was questionable.

A few defensive players to watch for this season would be defensive backs Chris Thompson, Baron Miles and Jason Goss. In the line backing core, look for Toronto linebacker Zeke Moreno who will likely make a big impact for the Argos defense, and Calgary’s Mike Labinjo who is one of the rising stars on defense.

My pick is Edmonton middle linebacker Maurice Lloyd. Though it was a tough pick, I believe that Lloyd could potentially have a huge impact on the Eskimos defense. Maurice Lloyd was considered to be the second choice to Cameron Wake last year for the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The only question mark to Maurice Lloyd winning the award is whether or not signing a large contract will affect his play. But, question marks aside, Lloyd has proven to be a menacing middle linebacker and should continue his success with the Eskimos.

Outstanding Canadian Award

Last year, much improved player Kamau Peterson claimed the Outstanding Canadian Award, who will win it this year?

Peterson may in fact be a logical choice to repeat. Edmonton will likely rely on him even more in the passing game and he does catch passes from Rick “Amazing” Ray. You could also make a strong case for last years runner up Ben Cahoon, who always catches a lot of passes.

My pick is Saskatchewan slotback Andy Fantuz. Fantuz has had some recent injury problems which have prevented him from reaching his full potential. But I believe Andy Fantuz is due for a breakout year. With Weston Dressler and Jason Clermont to complement him in the receiving core, Fantuz should face less double teams then he would have last season.

Outstanding Offensive Lineman

Let’s be honest, talking about offensive lineman is about as interesting as rearranging a shoe drawer. However, the award does exist and the competition is usually fierce… fiercer than two linemen fighting for the last chicken wing at a buffet.

Rob Murphy has claimed the award before, but will his success drop playing for the woeful Toronto Argonauts? Gene Makowsky and Scott Flory were both nominated last year, but will their age hurt their chances?

My pick is Hamilton offensive lineman Alexandre Gauthier. It is really hard to pick which lineman will outperform the other, especially without knowing whose running game will perform the best.

Gauthier is a talented offensive lineman and is part of a rejuvenated Tiger Cat offensive line. With running backs Kenton Keith and Terry Caulley running behind him, Gauthier could have a chance to impress the voters.

Outstanding Rookie of the Year Award

There are a number of enticing options this year for the rookie of the year award. Usually offensive linemen don’t seem to win the award, which may change this year as there are a number of solid ones.

My initial thought was to select Jamal Lee, but he may not even see the CFL this season. Other players that crossed my mind were lineman Simon Rottier and slotback Matt Carter.

My pick is Toronto defensive lineman Étienne Légaré. Légaré was viewed as one of the more talented players in the draft and could make an immediate impact to the Argos defensive line.

Of course, there is always the possibility of a player coming in from the states winning the award, like Roughrider receiver Weston Dressler.

Outstanding Special Teams Player

With last years winner Dominique Dorsey gone to the NFL, this years award is really up in the open.

The award could very likely go to a kicker such as Sandro Deangellis, Luca Congi or Noel Prefontaine. Look for return specialist Ian Smart to also garner some consideration.

My pick is Saskatchewan kicker Luca Congi. Congi has improved ever since he got into the league and has developed into a solid kicker. Congi will be challenged by Sandro Deangellis for the award.


Outstanding Player: Paris Jackson

Outstanding Defensive Player: Maurice Lloyd

Outstanding Canadian Award: Andy Fantuz

Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Alexandre Gauthier

Outstanding Rookie of the Year Award: Étienne Légaré

Outstanding Special Teams Player: Luca Congi

Do you have a magic crystal ball that you can use to look ahead and see what will happen in the upcoming CFL Season? If not, stay tuned for my CFL Team Previews, starting next week for a better idea about how each team will fair in the upcoming season.

CFL: 5 Games You Can't Miss

The fast-paced free agency period is over, and fans can now begin looking forward to training camp and the start of the season.

It has already been an offseason full of excitement and intrigue. In the east, the cellar dweller Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger Cats both improved their rosters through free agency. In the West, Calgary secured their own players while Edmonton, Saskatchewan, and BC shuffled their rosters.

The rapid transactions have created even more anticipation for the upcoming season. There are a few games fan should circle on their calendars for the upcoming season. These are five games that any die-hard fan of the CFL cannot afford to miss:

5. Toronto at Hamilton: Wednesday Jul. 1

While this game may have been a sleeper in past seasons, this year’s installment of the Hamilton-Toronto rivalry could hold some significance. This game, which happens to be the opening game of the season, will give fans a first look at the new look both teams present.

The Tiger Cats went out and strengthened their offensive and defensive lines and secured some of their young stars. Toronto went on a free agent frenzy by adding offensive lineman Rob Murphy and Dominique Picard, linebacker Zeke Moreno and re-signing lead tackler Willie Pile.

This game could be the start of the resurgence of one of these teams. Throw in the fact that Hamilton beat Toronto in three games out of four last year and this Eastern Rivalry will likely be a smashing way to open up the season.

4. Edmonton at Saskatchewan: Saturday Jul. 25

There will be story-lines galore going into Saskatchewan and Edmonton’s first meeting of the season. Always a bitter rivalry, the off-season transactions should make this an even more intense game.

Edmonton Eskimos head coach and Roughriders former defensive coordinator Ritchie Hall will look to make a statement against his former team. Hall won’t be the only former Rider making his return to Saskatchewan. Maurice Lloyd, Scott Gordon and Kitwana Jones were all Roughriders last season. Roughrider’s offensive linemen Joe Mcgrath will also face his former team for the first time.

It is always loud at Taylor Field when Edmonton comes in to town, and with some hard feelings felt at the former players, this Western Showdown should live up to its billing.

3. Calgary at BC: Fri Jul. 24

It always seems to an exciting affair when the Calgary Stampeders meet up with the BC Lions. This growing rivalry should provide another excellent game when the Stampeders travel into BC. Calgarydelivered a number of blows to the Lions last season. They swept the three game series against BC and defeated them in the Western Final. Their win over the Lions in the last game of the season took away home-field advantage from the team.

It will be interesting to see how the new look Lions will fare against the high-powered Stampeders offense. Henry Burris, Joffrey Reynolds, and Kenyon Rambo should provide a challenge for the Lions defense and Mike Labinjo and the improved Stampeders defense will look to shut down the BC offense.

BC may in fact be underdogs going into the game, as they will be without Defensive Player of the Year Cameron Wake, linebackers Jamall Johnson and Otis Floyd, running back Stefan Logan, and offensive lineman Rob Murphy. Yet it the history has told us anything, the underdog sometimes comes out on top.

2. Winnipeg at Saskatchewan: Sun Sep. 6

The Labour Day game between Winnipeg and Saskatchewanis always a classic. The game brings together two of the most loyal fan bases in the CFL for an intense atmosphere. Fans can expect a tough physical game, especially since Winnipeghas not likely forgotten their Grey Cup loss to the Riders in 2007.

The Bombers are definitely a new look team with new head coach Mike Kelley, quarterback Stefan Lefors, and a somewhat depleted offensive line. Saskatchewan is also a different team. Linebackers Anton Mackenzie and Maurice Lloyd have departed and the Rider will field a younger roster.

If you won’t be at the game, be sure to tune into another classic installment in the Saskatchewan-Winnipeg rivalry. The Labour Day game can give a team a push to the postseason, and this game could be the crucial.

1. Calgary at Montreal: Mon Oct. 12

It won’t be the first meeting between these two teams, but this game could prove to be one of the most exciting games of the year. In a Grey Cup rematch, Calgary will travel to the Montreal, the place where they beat Montreal to win the cup last season.

Anthony Calvillo has returned to the Alouttes, perhaps for one more Grey Cup run whereas as the Stamps will look to repeat. Both teams should be ripe with emotion, looking to make a statement. The game also comes near the end of the season, and playoff spots could be on the line. Winning this game could do a lot for both teams’ egos.

So if you are working, traveling abroad, or feeling like spending some time outside, cancel your plans. These upcoming games should prove to be exciting affairs and definitely worth your time.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Toronto Argonauts Release Two, Including Mike Vanderjagt

TORONTO, ON-The Toronto Argonauts have announced the released kicker Mike Vanderjagt and cornerback Jermaine Mays.

Vanderjagt who is best known as ex-kicker for the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys had asked the Argonauts for his release so he could spend more time with his family in Florida. When asked if he was retiring Vanderjagt said, "Having been born and raised in southern Ontario, I appreciate the feeling the fans there gave me of always being home. Instead of retiring, I have asked for my release to leave my options open in case my feelings change."

Mays has CFL and NFL experience with the last three coming in Canada with Toronto and Hamilton.

Toronto also announced the signing of quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster, wide receiver William Judson, Jr., and punter/kicker Eddie Johnson.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Add Two Recent NFLers

WINNIPEG, MB-The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed two recent NFLers, quarterback Darrell Hackney (Denver Broncos) and Jonathan Hefney (Philadelphia Eagles).

Hackney was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2006 after a successful career at Alabama-Birmingham. At UAB he set four school records in passing yards, touchdwns, completions and total offensive per game. After being cut by the Browns he signed with the Denver Broncos on January 2, 2007. After battling with Jay Cutler, Preston Parsons and Patrick Ramsey he made the team. In 2008, he re-joined Denver but this time on their practice roster before being promoted on November 1 with Ramsey being placed on injured reserve. After the Broncos signed Chris Simms and acquired Kyle Orton in the Cutler trade, Hackney was waived by Denver.

Hefney was a starter at safety and cornerback while at Tennessee and was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. On July 25 he was released and signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9, 2008 and assigned to their practice roster. He was cut later in the season.

The Blue Bombers have also signed Jasper Johnson, Chase Ortiz and Bradley Pierson.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

BC Lions Sign Quarterback Travis Lulay

VANCOUVER, BC-The BC Lions have announced the signing of import quarterback Travis Lulay.

Lulay spent time with the Seattle Seahawks in 2008, before which he was a member of the New Orleans Saints and NFL Europe's Berlin Thunder.

Prior to that, Lulay spent four years at Montana State, where he set records for career passing yards, completions, passing yards in a season and passing yards in a game.

The 25-year-old was just the fifth QB in NCAA history to throw for 10,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in his career.

The Lions also announced the signings of wide receivers Robert Long, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Terrence Scott and defensive linemen Gary Butler, Xavier Mitchell and Jonathan Williams.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Where to Connect With Fans of the CFL

It is a question often asked by fans of the CFL. Where is the best place to connect with fellow fans of the Canadian Football League?

Unlike the NFL, or other major professional sports, the Canadian Football League does not have loads of coverage on the Internet.

But there are places fans can go to get the latest news on the CFL, talk with fans and express their opinions on the Canadian Football League.

Of course the first site that comes to mind is This is the homepage for the Canadian Football League and it has improve vastly over the years.

The site is quick to post up any breaking news and they have also added a media section to the site which makes viewing more enjoyable.

The site also displays some columns written by journalists and other people with a knowledge of the Canadian Football League.

There are fan polls, links to the CFL Shop and basically all the stats and facts that you need to know on the CFL. There is also a link to the CFL Blitz newsletter where you can receive news on the CFL.

Another site that focuses on the CFL is CFL Digest provides all the latest news on the CFL and insight. Other big sites like tsn, cbc and sportsnet also provide coverage of the Canadian Football League.

Out of these sites, I would recommend, as they provide all the latest news and also are home to columnists such as Duane Forde and Chris Schultz.

There are also a number of fan sites and forums on the web that offer fans of the CFL a great chance to connect with other fans. for example is a great site for connecting with fans of the CFL.

Though the site is a Saskatchewan Roughriders forum site, it attracts fans of every team for heated discussions about the Canadian Football League.

The site has improved over the year with news stories added to the front page, video's and they've also added a columns section to the site.

Other team forum site include, (Calgary Stampeders), (BC Lions), (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), (Edmonton Eskimos), (Toronto Argonauts) and (Montreal Alouttes).

So while you may not find the coverage on the CFL that other sports get, there are still ample places to discuss the CFL.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Veterans Find New Homes as Five Trades are Made

EDMONTON, AB, CALGARY, AB, WINNIPEG, MB, REGINA, SSK, VANCOUVER, BC-A stunning day of trades came to an end with a total of seven players in five trades finding new homes.

BC-Winnipeg: Trade 1
The BC Lions traded offensive guard Kelly Bates to the Blue Bombers for a 2011 CFL Draft pick.

Bates, who hails from Saskatchewan, played 115 games for the team and was a Western and CFL All-Star in 2007. He made seven trips to the playoffs with BC, and won the Grey Cup in 2006.

Saskatchewan-Edmonton: Trade 2
The Saskatchewan Roughriders sent defensive lineman Kitwana Jones to the Edmonton Eskimos for backup quarterback Juan Joseph.

Jones becomes the third player to rejoin former Roughriders' defensive coordinator and new Eskimos head coach Richie Hall in Edmonton. Defensive back Scott Gordon and linebacker Maurice Lloyd signed with the Eskimos as free agents.

Joseph, who signed as a free agent with the Eskimos in March, threw for 3,463 yards, 32 touchdowns and just six interceptions in his senior season at Millsaps College. Joseph joins Darian Durant, Steven Jyles and Dalton Bell in what should be a competitive training camp at the quarterback position.

Calgary-Winnipeg: Trade 3 and 4
In two separate deals the Calgary Stampeders sent linebacker Neil Ternovatsky and defensive back Lenny Walls to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for second round pick in the 2011 CFL Draft and a sixth rounder in the 2012 CFL Draft. Both deals were because of money and depth on Calgary's part.

Walls joined the Stamps during the 2008 campaign and dressed in four games before getting injured. Ternovatsky signed with Calgary prior to the 2007 season and dressed in 16 contests over two seasons.

Edmonton-Winnipeg: Trade 5
The Edmonton Eskimos sent veteran defensive end Fred Perry to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for veteran defensive back Kelly Malveaux.

Perry was acquired by the Esks prior to the 2008 campaign, but saw action in only seven games, managing just one sack. The native of Fort Smith, Arkansas has 299 tackles, and 57 sacks in his CFL career. Winnipeg will be the fifth different stop on Perry's CFL resume, including two stints with the Eskimos. The Bombers were thrilled to get an impact defensive player into the fold for the upcoming season.

Malveaux had a productive year for the Blue Bombers in 2008, contributing 63 tackles, two interceptions, and a sack. Edmonton will be his fifth CFL destination as well, after spending time in Saskatchewan, Calgary, Montreal, and Winnipeg.

In other news the Eskimos signed quarterback Lester Ricard, linebacker Greg Whelan and defensive back Elliott Richardson, the Stampeders signed import wide receivers Vincent Marshall, Jermaine Jackson, Titus Ryan and Johnny Thomas and finally the Blue Bombers released offensive lineman Bobby Singh and defensive back Marc Beswick.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Calgary Stampeders Sign Three D-Linemen

CALGARY, AB-The Calgary Stampeders have announced the signings of three import defensive linemen, Malik Jackson, Odell Willis and Remond Willis.

Jackson was with the Oakland Raiders in 2008 and the 6-2, 230 pounder played for the Louisville Cardinals for four seasons. He started 21 games at linebacker for Louisville, and had 138 tackles, 10 sacks and four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception in his career.

Odell Willis played for the Peoria Pirates and Green Bay Blizzard of af2 during the 2008 season. The 6-2, 265 pounder and had 13.5 sacks in 11 games with the Blizzard. He attended West Georgia and had 126 tackles, 20.5 sacks and six forced fumbles during his time there.

Remond Willis attended Tennessee State University and compiled 139 tackles in two seasons with the Tigers. The six-foot-one, 248-pounder transferred to Tennessee State from the University of Illinois, where in 2005 he was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America and Freshman All-Big Ten teams. He played 11 games for the Fighting Illini and played on defence and special teams.

Calgary also announced the release of import defensive linemen Ryan Riddle and Montey Stevenson.

BC Lions: Agree To Terms with OT, Justin Sorensen

Josh Dhani is a beat-writer for the BC Lions.

Vancouver, CA—The BC Lions have announced that they and Justin Sorensen have agreed to terms of a contract.

Being the Lions, and fifth overall pick in last year's CFL Draft, Sorensen went back to South Carolina to complete his final year of eligibility. The Parksville native started all 13 games last year at right tackle for the Gamecocks. With those 13 starts, he had a total of 31 consecutive starts.

“Justin has played football at a very high level and I am looking forward to seeing what he can contribute to our club,” said head coach and manager, Wally Buono.

“I am very pleased to begin my professional career at home in British Columbia,” said Sorensen. “I cannot wait to compete for a roster spot in training camp this June.”

As the fifth overall pick in last year's draft, how can he not get a roster spot?

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BC Lions: Add Some West Coast Flavor, Sign Russo and Amey

Josh Dhani is a beat-writer for the BC Lions.

Vancouver, CA—The BC Lions have announced today that they have signed import receivers, Otis Amey and Anthony Russo.

Amey looks to be one of the starting receivers, after having some NFL experience as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, and being a superstar at Sacramento State. Amey also brings in some AFL experience by playing for the Austin Wranglers and the Cleveland Gladiators.

Russo joins the Lions with some NFL experience, too, by playing for the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent last year. With the Seahawks, he also stayed close to home, too. How? Well he also played at the University of Washington (2004-2007) and in his senior season, he had 49 catches for 766 yards and five touchdowns. That earned him a Pac-Ten Honorable Mention.

With those two receivers in, two other receivers had to come out: Eric McCain and Dereck Faulkner.

I wish Faulkner and McCain luck.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Toronto Argonauts Sign Four; Including an Ex-Pro Bowler

TORONTO, ON-The Toronto Argonauts have announced the signings of four imports. Ex-pro bowl wide receiver and kick returner Jerome Mathis, and quarterback Stephen Reaves, linebacker John Keith and cornerback Dovonte Edwards.

Reaves spent his first two college years at Michigan State and the final two at Southern Mississippi. In 2007 as a senior he completed 95 passes and three touchdowns. In 2008 after going undrafted he joined the Oakland Raiders as a coaching intern.

Mathis was a rookie in 2005 when he was named a pro bowler as a kick returner. He also spent 2006 and 2007 with Houston and spent time with the Washington Redskins during the 2008 offseason.

Edwards who was a MVP while with North Carolina State on defense, played two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions and spent time with the New York Giants on their practice roster. He intercepted a Brett Favre (who by the way should just retire) and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown.

Keith was signed after a career with the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions and went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Argonauts also announced the released of linebacker Matt Hewitt and safety David Lofton.

Canadian Football: Living the Fantasy

The summer months are fast approaching, which means we are also nearing an important time for fans of fantasy sports. CFL Fantasy Football will soon be arriving!
Sorry if I got you excited there.

Though CFL Fantasy Football is nowhere near as popular as NFL Fantasy Football, it has definitely grown in popularity over the years as it has improved. Many hardcore fans of the CFL have started to play CFL Fantasy Football along with other fantasy games.

So, if you are planning to venture into the world of CFL Fantasy Football this season, who are you planning to choose? To win at CFL Fantasy Football, much like any other sport fantasy game, you will need to be prepared and know which players will give you the best chance to end up victorious.

With that said, here is an early look at the players that you should take, avoid, or take a look at in this upcoming CFL Fantasy Football Season:


Take Them

Ricky Ray: Chances are you won’t be disappointed taking Ricky Ray. The Edmonton Eskimo’s quarterback is a consistent 5,000 yard quarterback who threw for nearly 6,000 yards last season and finished with an impressive completion percentage. It doesn’t seem to matter who lines up at receiver for Ray as he has always found a way to the job done.

Ray can hurt opposing defences by throwing the short crossing pattern but has also shown that he can stretch the defence vertically effectively. Quite simply, Ricky Ray is one of the most dominate pivots in the CFL, and though he is no longer immune to throwing interceptions, he is a must have for ever Fantasy team.

Anthony Calvillo: After coming up short of a Grey Cup victory, Anthony Calvillo is back with a loaded Alouettes roster at his disposal. With receivers Jason Richardson, Ben Cahoon and Kerry Watkins and running back Avon Cobourne, Calvillo will have all the weapons he needs to be successful. Calvillo, who threw 43 touchdowns last season, would be a smart pickup by any team.

Take a Look At

Darian Durant: Darian Durant could have a successful year for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, are a unsuccessful one. With a roster stacked with players such as Jason Clermont, Andy Fantuz, Weston Dressler and Wes Cates, Durant has the supporting cast to be a dominant pivot. Darian Durant was also impressive in limited action last season. Taking Darian Durant could be a risk since he has seen limited playing time in his career.

Kerry Joseph: Though Kerry Joseph has a decent season for Toronto, he also showed some glaring inconsistency. When effective, Joseph can hurt opposing defense’s with his legs and powerful arm. The Argonauts have added some play makers in the off-season to help Joseph, but it will always be a risk taking an aging quarterback.

Avoid Them

Buck Pierce: Stay away from Buck Pierce and the glaring quarterback controversy in BC. While Pierce is working hard in the off-season, who knows how much playing time he will actually get. Jarious Jackson is also a very good quarterback and although Wally Buono has named Pierce the starter, he has shown he is not afraid to make a change.

Quarterbacks in Hamilton and Winnipeg: No one really who will be the starter in Hamilton or Winnipeg next season. Winnipeg will either start Stefan Lefors or Ryan Dinwiddie, and both of these quarterback are not worth a pick. Quinton Porter showed potential last season for Hamilton but Kevin Glenn was brought in during the off-season, so Porter might see his playing time reduced.

Running Backs

Take Them

Wes Cates: Injuries prevented Wes Cates from winning the rushing title last season, but the Saskatchewan Roughriders running back was still one of the best backs in the league. Cates has an impressive balance of power and speed which makes him an obvious pick.

Avon Cobourne: Much like Cates, Cobourne suffered some injuries last season, but he also gave Montreal a consistent threat at running back. Behind a solid offensive line Cobourne should continue to rack up yardage in Montreal.

Joffrey Reynolds: Reynolds finally captured the rushing title last season, and doesn’t look to be slowing down behind a solid offensive line. With a structured game plan thanks to head coach John Hufnagel, expect Joffrey Reynolds to get a high amount of carries once again this season.

Take A Look At

Kenton Keith: When Kenton Keith is on his game, he can be exciting to watch and he can rack up a lot of big plays. But there are a few things to ponder before picking Kenton Keith. Will he even be the starting running back in Hamilton, and will his poor attitude affect his performance on the field?

Fred Reid: It is no easy task replacing Charles Roberts, but Fred Reid may be the answer Winnipeg has been looking for. Reid is poised to rush for 1,000 yards this season if he plays the whole season. He rushed for 709 yards after Charles Roberts was traded last season.

Avoid Them

Anyone from BC: Stefan Logan was one of the most explosive running backs last season, but he is gone to the NFL. BC has had success recently finding star running backs but they really don’t have any proven backs. Ian Smart may be the starter but he has mostly been used as a special teams player.

Jesse Lumdsen: If Lumdsen is healthy he may rack up a lot of yardage, but the chance that Jesse Lumdsen will remain healthy seems so unlikely that picking him is not worth the risk.

Wide Receivers

Take Them

Geroy Simon: Even if he struggles early in the season, Simon always seems to finish will well over 1,000 yards receiving. BC’s offense may be weaker this season so the Lions will have to rely on Geroy Simon even more.

Keyon Rambo: Rambo, like Simon, is one of the most premier receivers in the league and should have another successful year with Henry Burris throwing him the ball. Jason Richardson: Richardson led the league in touchdowns last season with 16, and he seems committed to helping Montreal win a Grey Cup. No defender could cover Richardson last season and he would be a smart selection by anyone.

Arland Bruce: Toronto has a young receiving core, which means they will continue to lean on Arland Bruce. Bruce also developed a good chemistry with Kerry Joseph.

Paris Jackson: Paris Jackson looks to be destined for some huge stats this season. The Lions got rid of Jason Clermont, meaning Jackson will see a lot more balls thrown his way.

Take A Look At

Weston Dressler: Any one of Saskatchewan’s three slot backs could be a successful pick, but since there are so many talented players on Saskatchewan’s offense, it could hinder their individual stats. Dressler has a successful debut last season and should continue to produce for the Riders.

Kamau Peterson: Peterson’s turnaround has been one of the great stories in the CFL over the last couple of years and he should rack up a lot of yards this season. However, with a depleted receiving core, Peterson may draw more attention from opposing defense, hindering his stats.

Avoid Them

Arjei Franklin: People have been saying that Franklin is the next Milt Stegall, but he has failed to live up to the hype so far.

Jermaine Copeland: Copeland started to show some inconsistency last season as he dropped a lot of passes. It seems like the aging receiver may be past his prime. With so many other talented receivers, don’t add Copeland to your roster.

Defense/Special Teams

Take Them

Saskatchewan Roughriders: Yes I know that the Riders lost two of their starting linebackers and their coveted defensive coordinator Richie Hall, but don’t expect a huge drop out from the tough Riders defense. Saskatchewan has brought in a lot of players to fix their ailing pass rush as well as some American imports to compete for the void linebacker spot.

Simply put, Saskatchewan’s still has a lot of talent left on the defensive side of the ball and they have had one of the best defense’s over the last couple of years. The Riders also boast fairly solid special teams. While their return game is average, Luca Congi is becoming a dominant kicker.

Calgary Stampeders: Not long ago, I wouldn’t have advised anyone to pick up the Stampeders defense, but they have greatly improved. Thanks to players like Mike Labinjo, Calgary’s defense has become younger, faster, and more aggressive.

The Stampeders were also able to add some young defensive players in the draft which should bode well for them. On special teams, the Stampeders have one of the best kickers in Sandro Deangellis and Markus Howell has the ability to break a long return for a touchdown.

Take A Look At

Montreal Alouettes: Montreals defense is usually a solid pick, especially at home, but they do struggle against top teams. While their defense can shut an opponent down, they have also been known to give up 30-40 points every once in a while.

Edmonton Eskimos: Edmonton’s defense hasn’t been solid over the last couple of seasons, but Maurice Lloyd’s acquisition can only help. With Richie Hall, a defensive guru, now running the team, more emphasis may be made on defense.

Avoid Them

BC Lions: Last year the Lions defense was one of the best, but this year it may drop significantly. Cameron Wake left the team to go the NFL, leaving a huge void on the defensive line. The Lions are also depleted in the linebacking core, as only Anton Mackenzie and Javier Glatt are proven starters. It could be a work in progress for the Lions defense early in the season.

Toronto Argonauts: When Rich Stubler was running the show in Toronto, their defense was great. Ever since Stubler has left that role, Toronto has been awful. Last season the Argonauts struggled to stop the run, get any pressure on the quarterback and defend against the pass. While the Argo’s have added middle linebacker Zeke Moreno, they still have too many glaring weaknesses.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The 2009 Canadian Draft

“There was plenty of intrigue in this year’s CFL Draft”

The first ever live televised CFL Draft which took place on Saturday, May 2nd 2009, didn’t disappoint. There were trades, surprising picks, and a few players who got picked way later than expected.

With the CFL draft now over, it is time to look back at the draft, analyzing each first round selection and breaking down everything on the draft. I had an early mock draft that wasn't posted on the site, so I have also included what my predictions were underneath the actual pick.

Pick 1: Hamilton Tiger Cats
Selected: Simon Rottier
My Pick: Simon Rottier

Hamilton’s first overall selection was the only easy one to predict. Rottier was clearly the best offensive lineman in the draft, and Hamilton was smart to upgrade one of their weaker positions. The Tabbies now have the makings of a solid line, with Alexandre Gauthier and Dan Goodspeed playing the tackle spots, with Rottier and a few younger players ready to step in.

Pick 2: Toronto Argonauts
Selected: Étienne Légaré
My Pick: Jamall Lee

I thought the Argonauts would snatch up Jamall Lee, but then Lee got recruited by the NFL. While the Argo’s could have added Lee and hoped he would come back to the team eventually, the team made a smart pick. Heading into the draft, I believed that Toronto’s greatest weaknesses were the offensive and defensive line and the running back position. By adding Légaré, the Argonauts have found someone to play besides nose tackle Adriano Belli, and took another step forward in improving their horrendous defense of a year ago. Légaré was said to be one of the best talents in the draft so the pick wasn’t too hard for the Argonauts to make.

Pick 3: BC Lions via Hamilton
Selected: Jamall Lee
My Pick: Hamilton selects Matt Morencie

With three mid round picks in the first round, I fully believed that the Lions were trying to move up and select Jamall Lee. The Leo’s only had to give up one of their first round picks to move up and select Jamall Lee. BC released Charles Roberts in the off-season and Stefan Logan went to the NFL. The Lions could use a proven running back, and Wally Buono is obviously hoping the team has found a future replacement in Jamall Lee. The draft class was not the strongest, but kudos to the Lions for securing arguably the best player in the draft. If Lee eventually comes back from the NFL, the move could work out well for the Lions.

Pick 4: BC Lions via Toronto via Edmonton
Selected: James Yurichuk
My Pick: Steve Myddelton

I wasn’t sure if there were any linebackers worth taking in the first round, but BC obviously believes Yurichuk can be a solid addition to the team. The Lions are weak in a handful of positions thanks to a horrid off-season. With only linebacker’s Anton Mackenzie and Javier Glatt remaining as proven starters, adding another linebacker is a smart move for the Lions.

Pick 5: BC Lions
Selected: Matt Carter
My Pick: Matt Carter

In my second correct pick, the Lions picked up Axeman slotback Matt Carter. After releasing Jason Clermont, the Lions were in need of some more receivers. By picking Matt Carter they may have found their receiver of the future. The Lions didn’t pick up any offensive or defensive lineman with their three first round picks, but they did well to address other areas of concern for them.

Pick 6: Hamilton Tiger Cats via BC Lions
Selected: Darcy Brown
My Pick: BC selects Osie Ukwuoma

This was the pick Hamilton picked up from BC in exchange for their third overall pick. Darcy Brown, the Saint Mary’s receiver, didn’t have huge receiving stats last season. It is rumoured that Hamilton will look to convert the six foot three, 251 pound receiver to the fullback position.

Pick 7: Montreal Alouettes
Selected: Dylan Steenbergen
My Pick: Étienne Légaré

With the local product Légaré already off the board, the Als signed a local product from Calgary in Dylan Steenbergen. The offensive lineman was ranked fifth by the CFL scouting bureau. Montreal didn’t have a lot of holes to fill on their team, but Steenbergen was a smart pick. Montreal’s offensive line is getting a bit older so they could use some help for the future.

Pick 8: Calgary Stampeders
Selected: Eric Fraser
My Pick: Scott McHenry

I believe that the Stampeders would look to add some youth to their aging receiving core, but they instead added the top ranked American defensive back. Calgary defense was questionable at times and the secondary has always been an area of weakness. Adding Eric Fraser could prove favourable for the Stampeders in the future.

For a look at every pick of the CFL draft, go to

Other Notable Picks:

Pick 9: Saskatchewan Roughrider
Selected: Taman Gordon

The University of Regina product was the top rated defensive back in the CIS and could step in for the Roughriders in the future.

Pick 16: Calgary Stampeders
Selected: Tristan Black

Calgary managed to pick up the linebacker late in the second round. The pick will once again help Calgary’s defense.

Pick 21: BC Lions
Selected: Matt Morencie

After failing to add a lineman in the first round, the Lions picked up Morencie who surprisingly fell to the third round. With Rob Murphy signing in Toronto, the Lions had holes on the o-line.

Winner of the Draft: Calgary Stampeders

The Stampeders made a lot of impressive picks during the draft. The team first added one of the best defensive backs available in Eric Fraser, and also added Tristan Black and Osi Ukwuoma to the defense. Calgary also helped their offense. The team added offensive lineman Steve Myddelton and slotback Scott McHenry to the fold as well. With their picks, the defending Grey Cup champs have secured that they will be solid for years to come.

Loser of the Draft: Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg didn’t make any significant picks in the draft, but they didn’t have a lot of draft picks to use. The team didn’t add any player until the third round and there weren’t a lot of options to choose from.

Biggest Steal of the Day: Osie Ukwuoma, pick 40

Calgary selected Ukwuoma with the last pick of the fifth round. The defensive end was ranked highly by the CFL scouts and should be a solid acquisition, especially since he was picked so late in the draft.

Biggest Head Scratcher: Darcy Brown, pick 6

The Tiger Cats picked Darcy Brown with pick number six. With mediocre receiving stats last season, Brown may be converted to a full back. Yet it is confusing as to why the Tiger Cats selected Brown as early as he was not ranked very highly.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Calgary Stampeders Sign Five Players

CALGARY, AB-The Calgary Stampeders have announced the signing of five players. They have signed imports Justin Brown and E.J. Kuale along with 2008 draft picks Jon Gott, Fernand Kashama and Ronald Hilaire.

Brown has spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Frankfurt Galaxy, Dallas Desperados and New Orleans VooDoo during his career.

During his time with the Galaxy he coached by current Stampeders defensive line coach Cornell Brown.

Kuale has spent time in his career with the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints.

John Hufnagel, general manager and head coach of Calgary said of the Brown signing,''Brown is a hard-working, high-motor player who was coached by Cornell Brown (Stamps defensive line coach) in NFL Europe and comes highly recommended."

Edmonton Eskimos Sign Three Imports

EDMONTON, AB-The Edmonton Eskimos have announced the signing of import linebackers Rory Johnson, Rod Davis and Shaun Richardson.

Davis was selected in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. During three NFL seasons he played in forty games with the Vikings and Carolina Panthers. In 2008 he played for the ArenaBowl Champion Philadelphia Soul.

Johnson signed as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 2007 and was cut before the season. He spent parts of the 2007 and 2008 season on the New York Giants practice roster.

Richardson signed with the San Franscisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent last year but was cut before training camp.

Linebacker was obvious need for the Eskimos who before the signing only had four at the position.

The Eskimos also announced the release of import defensive end Tyler Clutts, import slotback Greg Prator and non-import defensive end Adrian Baird.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Analyzing the 2009 CFL Draft: Saskatchewan Roughriders

Written by Giants27
I have done the BC Lions, Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos already and now it's the Saskatchewan Roughriders turn.

Round 2, Pick 9: Tamon George, DB
Round 3, Pick 17: Nick Hutchins, OL

Best Value Pick: DB Tamon George
I am a big Tamon George fan mainly because at cornerback last year he started all eight games for the Regina Rams recording 18.5 tackles and broke up two passes. He alone had five tackles against the Calgary Dinos in the Canada West semifinal game and tied for second in the Canada West with four interceptions. George should make a smooth CFL transition if he brings his awesome tackling ability with him.

Best Sleeper Pick: OL Nick Hutchins
Another ex-Regina Ram, Hutchins was named a Canada West All-Star and helped provide protection for a dominant Rams offence that threw for 1,809 yards.

Worst Value Pick: None
They had no other picks and both were solid and both should have positive impacts for the Riders in 2009.

Grade: B

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

BC Lions: Welcome Jerel Myers! Myers Comes Back to the Den

Josh Dhani is a beat writer for the BC Lions.

Vancouver, CA—The BC Lions have signed wide receiver, Jerel Myers, back to the team. Myers has returned! Myers originally signed with the Lions in 2005, as he posted 36 catches for 473 yards and two touchdowns.

The former LSU star left the team to play for the AFL's New Orleans Voodoo after the 2005 CFL season with the Lions. But when Hurricane Katrina struck there, Myers had to officially move to the expansion team of the Kansas City Brigade in 2006 in both receiving and all-purpose yards. He also made history with club, making the first reception and touchdown for the team.

Myers then became more popular with the Brigade in 2007, with 900 kick return yards and 1,183 receiving yards. He also led the team with all-purpose yards again (2,200) and was second in touchdowns with 22. He also had the franchise's longest kickoff return with a 55-yarder.

You are probably thinking, "A 55-yarder on a kick off return is the franchise's longest? The NFL has 100 yard kick off returns!" Well guess what? The AFL's field is half the size of the NFL's. So when you put it that way, that is actually pretty darn long!

Last season with the Brigade, Myers had much more better stats: 136 catches for 1,310 yards and 19 touchdowns. Then at LSU (from 1999-2002), Myers played 47 games and set a freshman record with the school, having 64 catches for over 850 yards and two touchdowns in 1999.

With all of his great stats, talent, and ability to do possibly anything, there will probably be another guy for Geroy Simon I bet. And, oh boy, that would be great. Geroy Simon is the best BC Lion to me.

Also check out Josh's blogs: FootBasket and Sports Report!

BC Lions: Who Will Be Their Fourth Quarterback: Casey Printers?

Josh Dhani is currently the beat writer for the BC Lions.

Vancouver, Ca—The BC Lions are looking for a fourth quarterback to use in training camp. A lot of buzz has been going on these three quarterbacks: Cole Berquist of Montana, Travis Lulay of Montana State, and most importantly, CFL unemployed quarterback Casey Printers.

Coach, Wally Buono, has confirmed the Vancouver Sun that he has received a message from Printers in his office at Surrey. But Buono has been so busy, especially on the CFL Draft last Saturday, that he doesn't have time to check it. Buono returned, though, from a trip from Seattle.

"I know that Casey and his agent [Jason Medlock] are no longer working together," Buono said. "Am I eager to hear what he has to say? No more eager than I would be if any of my other former players called up to chat. Casey understands where we're at. But I will visit with him."

Surely, he will.

Printers, who was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2004 with his 35 passing touchdowns, is finding a job in the CFL after being, what Vancouver Sun calls "dumped," by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Giants27). Last year, Printers was highest-paid player with $500,000 per annum. He is only 28, so he isn't done with his career yet.

"We have people [quarterbacks] on our radar and we're going through that process," Buono explained. "Our view toward Casey hasn't changed—and I don't believe it will."

Let's hope it won't.

Also check out Josh's blogs: FootBasket and Sports Report!

Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats Make a Deal

EDMONTON,AB and HAMILTON,ON-The Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats have announced a trade that will send offensive tackle Gerald Davis to the Eskimos and a draft pick to the TiCats.

Davis, was a rookie in 2008 and made six starts and debuted in September after spending 12 weeks on the practice roster.

The Georgia native, played four seasons at Valdosta State, and played in 46 games with 36 starts. In 2007 he started all 14 games which helped lead Valdosta State to the Division II Championship.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Sign Three Imports and Veteran

WINNIPEG, MB-The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed defensive lineman Aaron McConnell, wide receivers Chris Jackson, Tyrone Timmons and kicker Dan Giancola.

McConnell was All-American and All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association in all four years of college where he recored 332 tackles, 22 sacks and 10 pass defections.

During his pro career he's spent time with the AFL's Colorado Crush and Nashville Kats.

Timmons, ranks second the NFL legend Jerry Rice in receptions and receiving yards at Miss Valley State and was named AFL Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Storm last season.

Jackson has spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints after going undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Giancola is a 39 year old kicker and hasn't played in five years.

The journeyman kicker said of his comeback, "I'm 39. "And I know a lot of people out there are going to say, 'Oh my God... he's 39 years old. Why don't they bring in (Troy) Westwood? Why don't they bring in Bob Cameron? Why don't they bring in Lui Passaglia?' I respect that. I've been out of football since 2004. But what people don't know is the love I have for the game."

“We continue to come to agreements with outstanding young men that are interested in earning the right to wear a Blue Bomber jersey and represent the City of Winnipeg,” said head coach Mike Kelly.

Calgary Stampeders Sign Pair of Imports

CALGARY, AB-The Calgary Stampeders have announced the signing of two import linebackers, Tray Blackmon and Kurt Campbell.

Head coach and general manager John Hufnagel said of the signing,"We saw these linebackers at the free-agent camp in Florida and they both jumped out for different reasons. Blackmon is a typical inside-the-box middle linebacker who has great football instincts and plays with a nasty streak. Campbell is a very athletic outside linebacker who tested well, plays hard and shows a lot of versatility. They’ll definitely be in the thick of the competition at camp."

Blackmon entered his name in the 2009 NFL Draft and went undrafted and wasn't signed by anybody after the draft but the Auburn product, had 84 tackles the past three years.

He was named an SEC All-American in 2007, and Freshman All-American in 2006.

Campbell was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft and has also had stints with the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Analyzing the 2009 CFL Draft: Edmonton Eskimos

I'm going to be doing two today since I missed yesterday and the first one today will be the Edmonton Eskimos.

Round 2, Pick 11: OL Gordon Hinse
Round 2, Pick 12: DL Dee Stirling
Round 3, Pick 20: LB Andrea Bonaventura
Round 5, Pick 36: RB Eric Lee
Round 6, Pick 44: LB Jason Kosec

Best Value Pick: DL Dee Stirling
Stirling was both a CIS All-Canadian and OUA First Team All-Star in 2008 and is so good many figured the Toronto Argonauts would take a playmaker at number two but instead took Etienne Legare which caused Stirling to drop from number 12 to number 14. He brings quickness and determination to the defensive line of the Esks, it wouldn't be surprising to see him start right away.

Best Sleeper Pick: RB Eric Lee
Lee is a running back/fullback hybrid with the ability to play both which means he'll compete for a backup job to Jesse Lumsden at RB and with Graeme Bell at FB. He brings a nack for pass blocking and blitz pickup which leads me to believe he'll be a fullback in the CFL.

Worst Value Pick: None.
I'm not the biggest Andrea Bonaventura fan but third round is more of a backup anyways so I can't really call that a value pick. Overall very good Hinse should make a big impact on the Esks along with Stirling and Lee. Look for an improved Eskimo team.

Grade: A-

Edmonton Signs Three and Draft Pick

EDMONTON, AB-The Edmonton Eskimos have announced the signing of DB Ryan Glasper, LB Mark Restelli, WR Kevin Wuthtich and second round pick Gordon Hinse.

Glasper is a two year CFL vet spending all of 2007 and part of 2008 with Hamilton and then the rest of 2008 on Toronto's practice roster.

Restelli and Wuthrich are both undrafted free agents with Restelli having played with the Western Ontario Mustangs and Wuthrich having played with the CJFL's Edmonton Wildcats.

In other news the BC Lions have announced the signing of import wide receiver Jerel Myers.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Calgary Stampeders Release Four

CALGARY, AB-The Calgary Stampeders have announced the release of four players.

Quarterback Ben Sankey, Defensive tackle Howard Hodges, LB Saleem Rasheed and Safety Richard Karikari were the four to be released.

Head coach and general manager, John Hufnagel said of the move, ''I would like to thank these four players for their efforts in helping us win the Grey Cup in 2008 and wish them the best in their future endeavours. ''We've managed to keep our nucleus mainly intact for 2009 and we'll have more announcements in the coming weeks to fill out the rest of the roster".

Sankey has had three stints with the Stampeders and stepped into the backup role to Henry Burris last year when now retired Dave Dickenson went down due to injury.

Karikari was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in 2003 and got three tackles last year, Hodges and Rasheed have both had stints in the NFL.

Rasheed had 28 tackles while Hodges had four sacks last year for the Grey Cup winner.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Analyzing the 2009 CFL Draft: Toronto Argonauts

Okay I did the BC Lions last time and now it's the Toronto Argonauts turn.
Round 1, Pick 2: Etienne Legare, DE
Round 2, Pick 10: Matt Lambros, WR
Round 3, Pick 18: James Green, LB
Round 4, Pick 26: Zachary Pollari, OT
Round 5, Pick 34: Gordon Sawler, G
Round 6, Pick 42: Anthony Deslauriers, DB
Round 6, Pick 43: Brad Crawford, DB

Best Value Pick: WR Matt Lambros
I was hoping Hamilton would trade down a bit and take him instead of Darcy Brown but he fell right into the laps of the Argonauts. Lambros is nothing flashy but was a gamebreaker for the Liberty Flames and should bring that game to the CFL.

Best Sleeper Pick: DB Brad Crawford
He's the younger brother of fellow Argo Bryan Crawford and this Crawford brings amazing versatility. Having played at RB, DB, LB, S and defensive specialist while with the Guelph Gryphons he has what Toronto needs.

Worst Value Pick: All of their Late Picks Except for Crawford
Except for Brad Crawford I really don't like the Pollari, Sawler or DesLauriers picks. All they bring is depth at already stacked spots and will more than likely just be training camp foder.

Grade: B-

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Analyzing the 2009 CFL Draft: BC Lions

I'm going to be doing one review per day and hours after the draft I'll analyze the BC Lions 2009 draft picks.

Round 1, Pick 3: Jamall Lee, RB
Round 1, Pick 4: James Yurichuk, LB
Round 1, Pick 5: Matt Carter, WR
Round 3, Pick 21: Matt Morencie, OL
Round 4, Pick 29: Tang Bacheyie, S
Round 5, Pick 37: Jonathan Pierre-Etienne, DE

Best Value Pick: WR Matt Carter
Carter is a AUS champion helping to guide Acadia to one in 2006, he's also a AUS All-Star and was a All-Canadian as a sophomore. He's a game breaker which is what the Toronto Argonauts desperately need so I was surprised to see them pass on him. Great pick at number five for the Lions.

Best Sleeper Pick: S Tang Bacheyie
The Ontario native and ex-Kansas Jayhawks figured to go late second to mid third, so falling to late fourth round was amazing. Bacheyie brings physicality, size at defensive back, and amazing run support ability. Watch for him in running situations as a rookie.

Worst Value Pick: None
Shockingly I think the Lions had a great draft, Lee will join the team when and if cut by the Carolina Panthers and immediately fills a need at running back. James Yurichuk and Matt Carter were also need picks and can make an immediate impact. Morencie and Pierre-Etienne were ranked in the Top 15 of CIS prospects avaiable by the scouting bureau while Bancheyie was ranked in the top five for NCAA prospects.

Grade: A

Friday, May 1, 2009

Eight Year CFL Veteran Clinton Wayne Hangs Em' Up

EDMONTON, AB-Veteran defensive lineman Clinton Wayne has announced his retirement.

The Toronto native has spent time with the Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Renegades, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and most recently the Edmonton Eskimos.

Calgary drafted him in the third round of the 2000 CFL Draft.

Edmonton also announced the signing of offensive lineman Greg Wojt and the release of Scott Coe.

AUTHOR's NOTE: No report has come from anywhere at the time that Coe was released but he has been removed from the Eskimos online roster along with Wayne.

Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats Swap Picks, Players

HAMILTON, ON and REGINA, SASK-The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders have just pulled off a draft day eve trade.

Coming to the Tabbies in the deal are non-import linebacker Yannick Carter, import wide receiver Brandon Myles along with a third round pick.

Heading west are non-import linebacker Sasha Glavic and the TiCats third rounder.

Said Bob O'Billovich who is the TiCats general manager, "Yannick is an excellent special teams player and adds another quality Canadian to our roster while Brandon is a talented receiver who will compete for a spot in training camp."

Carter (6-1, 212) is a Pickering, Ontario native and was selected in the 2007 CFL Draft by the Riders. He has had 38 special teams tackles which helped guide the team to a Grey Cup win in his rookie year.

Myles (6-3, 190) went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft and was signed by the New York Giants but never saw the field as a Giant. The Riders signed him on April 17 of this year.

Glavic (6-3, 191) played in twelve games for the 3-15 TiCats last year as a backup linebacker and defensive back and as a special team player.

Hamilton has announced they have also released import running back Andre Callender.