Well we made it through February which means there is less than 4 more months until the season starts. Sadly the next notable football event will be in April when the Florida mini-camp happens. But don't worry, I have been working on some filler posts to help get us all through this. For today fortunately we have some actual football news:
- The Brian Peters watch ended with him signing with my Vikings in the NFL. Based purely on his special teams play I like his chance of sticking down there. He grew by leaps and bounds in his first year as a starter and I think is only starting to scratch the surface of his potential. So it sucks to lose pretty much the only promising LB recruit we've had in recent memory. The plan appears to be to assume that we can find a replacement OLB in training camp. That plan worked out great last year when we also assumed we could find a MLB. To be fair we did find one, he just turned out to not be able to tell the difference between his ass and the hole the RB was running through.
- We signed 3 Cdns which as I have been saying for weeks are needed. The one that interests me the most is DB Kris Robertson. He turned a bunch of heads at the combine in 2013 and shot up the draft boards. He was a high 2nd round pick of the Bombers (and yes it is somewhat concerning that Joe Mack liked him). He blew his ACL in camp before anyone could really tell if he could make the transition to the pros. He's coming off a good season of CIS so it looks like the injury is behind him. The question now is can he adjust to the pros. He's got speed and coverage ability. We could use another gunner on teams. The other 2 are depth/teams guys with limited upside but we need those and realistically they may not even make the team but at least there will be competition at camp as opposed to just defaulting to rostering the only Cdns we have.
- Taman said that Neal Hughes is still interested in playing but reading between the lines it sounds like his foot may not be on the same page. Hughes is a guy a like a lot. Great blocker, great on teams, willing/able to contribute in any way needed. But he's old and given the injury history over the past 2 years, the team will want some assurance of the health of his foot before committing a roster spot to him. I personally hope he has one more left in him but if this is the end he still has a career to be extremely proud of.
- One last interesting nugget was that Nik Lewis interviewed for the Riders WR Coach position before deciding to continue playing in Montreal. Go back in history and try telling fans a few years ago that one day the Riders would be deciding between Lewis and Copeland as a coach. Add in that Geroy Simon would be in the mix as well.
CFL Ins and Outs
In: DB Michael Carter, LB Kyle Jones, DB Kris Robertson (free agent signing)
Out: LB Brian Peters (signed Minnesota)
In: OL Dan Federkeil, DB Josh Bell (contract extension), RB Keith Toston (free agent signing)
In: LB TraShaun Nixon, OL Tommy Griffiths, WR Tyrone Goard, LB Rodney Lamar, LB Khalil Bass (free agent signing)
Out: DL Ameet Paul, WR Jarrell Jackson (released)
In: DL Moton Hopkins (re-signed), QB Jordan Johnson, DL Eric Harper (free agent signing)
Out: LB Anton McKenzie, DB Eddie Elder (released)
In: QB Dan LeFevour, WR Nik Lewis, WR Dobson Collins, WR Cody Hoffman, WR Tramaine Thompson (free agent signing)