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« Reply #315 on: February 25, 2018, 04:50:31 PM »

With 3 bad years in a row, I see Durant as Roy Dewalt when the Bombers signed him. (Broken beyond repair)

Totally a possibility......but if it turns out that way it ain't gonna look good on management for picking him up
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« Reply #316 on: February 25, 2018, 04:54:53 PM »

With 3 bad years in a row, I see Durant as Roy Dewalt when the Bombers signed him. (Broken beyond repair)
Thing is he was not signed as a #1 QB....only as a backup and he seems to have accepted that role with the Bombers. I think he might fit in well....plus his experience will be an asset and help in mentoring our #3 guy Phil Nelson.  Say what you like about our back ups but for the first time in a very looooong time, I like the depth we currently have at the position of QB.   Perhaps my optimism will grow or diminish as the season progresses.....but right now on paper, we look good at QB.   
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« Reply #317 on: February 25, 2018, 05:07:44 PM »

Thing is he was not signed as a #1 QB....only as a backup and he seems to have accepted that role with the Bombers. I think he might fit in well....plus his experience will be an asset and help in mentoring our #3 guy Phil Nelson.  Say what you like about our back ups but for the first time in a very looooong time, I like the depth we currently have at the position of QB.   Perhaps my optimism will grow or diminish as the season progresses.....but right now on paper, we look good at QB.   
He's accepted the role of backup because he's played his way out of the role of starter for the last 3 years. I'm all for giving a guy another chance, but he's going on to his 4th chance. I doubt it works out.

I don't like the depth we have at QB. If Nichols goes down, I expect we're done. Old guy that hasn't been good in years followed by raw rookie doesn't bode well.
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« Reply #318 on: February 25, 2018, 05:09:59 PM »

https://mobile.twitter.com/tonyrazz03/status/922629289585016832?lang=en

I don?t normally get too excited about Bomber back up QBs.....but this Nelson prospect looks like he got game....he was invited back after being on our practice roster late last season.   Looking forward to seeing him perform at TC!

You might want to temper your enthusiasm a bit.  So far, what I've seen is that he can throw a nice ball against no coverage and with no rush.  And he can leap like like a frog.    Until he actually gets some reps in a preseason game, you are setting yourself up for a heartache....
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« Reply #319 on: February 25, 2018, 05:15:01 PM »

He's accepted the role of backup because he's played his way out of the role of starter for the last 3 years. I'm all for giving a guy another chance, but he's going on to his 4th chance. I doubt it works out.

I don't like the depth we have at QB. If Nichols goes down, I expect we're done. Old guy that hasn't been good in years followed by raw rookie doesn't bode well.
Thats totally possible as is the possibility he may be an asset for us.....also in mentoring our #3 and #4 prospects.   I look at this as a cup half full.....rather than half empty.   Let?s see where we are after the Banjo Bowl and we will compare notes.  
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« Reply #320 on: February 25, 2018, 05:20:31 PM »

You might want to temper your enthusiasm a bit.  So far, what I've seen is that he can throw a nice ball against no coverage and with no rush.  And he can leap like like a frog.    Until he actually gets some reps in a preseason game, you are setting yourself up for a heartache....
After being a Bomber fan for 60 years I have not ever been too enthusiastic about our back up QB situation...especially for the last 2 decades.   If you actually read my post I stated that I normally do not get too excited about QB prospects.....so cut me some slack if I feel slightly optimistic about this one.   
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« Reply #321 on: February 25, 2018, 06:39:01 PM »

After being a Bomber fan for 60 years I have not ever been enthusiastic about our back QB situation...especially for the last 2 decades.   If you actually read my post I stated that I normally don?t get too excited about QB prospects.....so cut me some slack if I?m feeling slightly optimistic about this one.   

Lincoln, here is a highlight clip of the other QB looking to be #3, Josh Straughan. I like him, he's a mobile QB that will step up, or move the pocket, without giving up on the play. Has good arm strength and is very accurate (watch how he consistently hits his receivers in stride) and has decent speed (4.82)... but he runs well...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSAXwD4tZKk

here is one of him throwing on the farm to a guy in a moving truck, lol...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFBv5XGJxZo
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« Reply #322 on: February 25, 2018, 06:58:00 PM »

Lincoln, here is a highlight clip of the other QB looking to be #3, Josh Straughan. I like him, he's a mobile QB that will step up, or move the pocket, without giving up on the play. Has good arm strength and is very accurate (watch how he consistently hits his receivers in stride) and has decent speed (4.82)... but he runs well...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSAXwD4tZKk

here is one of him throwing on the farm to a guy in a moving truck, lol...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFBv5XGJxZo
Thanks Chevy....now I?m feeling even slightly more optimistic about our QB depth.....loved the clip throwing to the guy in the truck.....he looks quick on his feet and throws well on the run.   And yes we have seen high lite reel clips of countless college QBs looking spectacular only to quickly fade into oblivion in the pros....however we now have a legit QB with GC experience to mentor all of our QBs so possibly just possibly the Bombers might have a chance at actually developing a back up QB into a starter.
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« Reply #323 on: February 25, 2018, 07:00:35 PM »

Thanks Chevy....now I?m feeling even slightly more optimistic about our QB depth.....loved the clip throwing to the guy in the truck.....he looks quick on his feet and throws well on the run.   And yes we have seen high lite reel clips of countless college QBs looking spectacular only to quickly fade into oblivion in the pros....however we now have a legit QB with GC experience to mentor all of our QBs so possibly just possibly the Bombers might have a chance at actually developing a back up QB into a starter.

another thing about him, he's one of those guys that wants the ball, some call it cocky, but being in the spotlight doesn't phase him a bit. Really confident and wants to play. Some guys think they do and can't do it under the pressure...
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« Reply #324 on: February 25, 2018, 07:22:09 PM »

After being a Bomber fan for 60 years I have not ever been too enthusiastic about our back up QB situation...especially for the last 2 decades.   If you actually read my post I stated that I normally do not get too excited about QB prospects.....so cut me some slack if I feel slightly optimistic about this one.   

Lol.. Dog bless the optimists.  More power to you brother....
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« Reply #325 on: February 26, 2018, 05:32:54 AM »

Lol.. Dog bless the optimists.  More power to you brother....
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« Reply #326 on: February 26, 2018, 07:38:51 AM »

Senility is not a good thing. Lol! Just kidding I can dig your experience as I, being 61.....now what was I Saying.....

I for one have to gush over a guy hitting a guy in a moving pick up.  Maybe Sask can use this guy?

Great report on the camp by the way. Thanks!
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« Reply #327 on: February 27, 2018, 10:19:54 PM »

OFF-SEASON MOVES TO DATE
Feb 27 - Ed Tait

They are still chasing a potential big-name ratio changer - and a familiar face - in Henoc Muamba.

And while they may still kick the tires on some other talent still available over the next few weeks, there is a very real sense the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have done all their heavy lifting when it comes to reshaping their roster through Canadian Football League free agency.

The Bomber brass were busy long before the deadline a couple of weeks ago, locking up 13 of their own free agents before they hit the market in offensive linemen Jermarcus Hardrick, Pat Neufeld, Stanley Bryant and Manase Foketi; kicker Justin Medlock; running back/receiver Timothy Flanders; defensive tackle Drake Nevis; linebackers Ian Wild and Maurice Leggett; defensive backs Chris Randle, Kevin Fogg and Derek Jones, and receiver Weston Dressler.

That was augmented by the addition of veteran pieces like quarterback Darian Durant, receiver Adarius Bowman, and defensive backs Anthony Gaitor and Steven Clarke before free agency officially started.

And when the annual talent store opened, the club then added a pair of homegrowns in receiver Nic Demski and running back Kienan LaFrance, both from the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and a pair of ex-B.C. Lions in versatile defensive back/linebacker Chandler Fenner and defensive end Craig Roh.

Couple all those additions with the annual defections - Jamaal Westerman, Travis Bond, T.J. Heath, Clarence Denmark and Jake Thomas have either signed elsewhere or no longer appear to be in the team's 2018 plans - and the Bombers roster has undergone a significant makeover even before the team gets to training camp.

With all that in mind, here's a recap of some of the free agent changes and how they impact the Bombers depth chart (*indicates Canadian):

QUARTERBACK

In: Darian Durant
Out: Dominique Davis (Ott), Dan LeFevour (retired)
Newcomers: Josh Straughan, Philip Nelson
Returnees: Matt Nichols
Synopsis: Landing Durant gives the Bombers a proven, veteran starter behind Matt Nichols and makes the depth chart at the most important position on the field the deepest it's been in over a decade. Both Straughan and Nelson showed enough during a visit last fall to earn training camp invitations.

RUNNING BACK

In: Kienan LaFrance* (Sask)
Out: Christophe Normand* (Edm)
Newcomers: Zach Bauman
Returnees: Andrew Harris*, Timothy Flanders, Mike Miller*, John Rush*
Synopsis: Andrew Harris is the clear-cut starter and import Timothy Flanders would be his back-up if something were to happen to the CFL's top Canadian player. LaFrance is an intriguing addition as he is more of a tailback-type capable of filling in for Harris in an emergency than was Normand, a fullback. All three - Harris, LaFrance and Flanders - have the skillset to play the running back/receiver hybrid position.

RECEIVER

In: Adarius Bowman (Edm), Nic Demski* (Sask), Mitchell Baines* (Ham)
Out: Julian Feoli-Gudino* (Ott.) Clarence Denmark (free agent)
Newcomers: Corey Washington, Tylor Henry*, Gary Brown, Brendon Thera-Plamondon*
Returnees: Darvin Adams, Weston Dressler, Matt Coates*, Chris Givens, Ryan Lankford, L'Damian Washington, Myles White, Drew Wolitarsky*
Synopsis: The Bombers vowed at the end of last season to get more weapons on the field around Nichols and in landing Bowman and Demski, have done just that. Bowman's numbers were down last season - he had 45 catches for 534 yards and five TDs in 12 games - but he is just one year removed from his spectacular 2016 season in which he went 120-1,761 with nine TDs. In Demski the Bombers believe they have a ready-to-bust-out talent if he can stay healthy, and a player that could allow the offence to feature two Canadians in the receiving corps, along with Matt Coates.

OFFENSIVE LINE

In: None
Out: Travis Bond (Sask)
Newcomers: Cody Speller*
Returnees: Matthias Goossen*, Stanley Bryant, Sukh Chungh*, Michael Couture*, Manase Foketi, Jermarcus Hardrick, Patrick Neufeld*, Qadr Spooner*
Synopsis: Bond's departure means there will be a change up front to a unit that has been both consistent and durable over the last two seasons. He is a pile pusher from the guard position, but his fate here was sealed late last year when Neufeld capably replaced him. That means the Bombers will now start three Canadians along the O-line, giving them more ratio flexibility.

DEFENSIVE LINE

In: Craig Roh (B.C.)
Out: Jamaal Westerman (Mtl); Jake Thomas (free agent)
Newcomers: Sam Montgomery,Chris Casher, Daniel Awoleke
Returnees: Trent Corney*, Jackson Jeffcoat, Tristan Okpalaugo, Ian Marouf*, Faith Ekakitie*, Cory Johnson, Drake Nevis
Synopsis: Even with the departure of two Canadians in Westerman and the uncertainty with Thomas - who remains unsigned - there are a lot of pieces here. Corney and Ekakitie still provide the option to use Canadians, but the addition of Roh augments a crew that features Jeffcoat, Okpalaugo, Johnson and Nevis.

LINEBACKERS

In: None
Out: Sam Hurl (Sask), Kyle Knox (Mtl)
Newcomers: None
Returnees: Jovan Santos-Knox, Maurice Leggett, Ian Wild, Jesse Briggs*, Shayne Gauthier*, Thomas Miles*, Frank Renaud*, Kyrie Wilson, Jevaris Jones (practice roster).
Synopsis: The picture changes dramatically here if the Bombers land Muamba, who is also being wooed by the Montreal Alouettes. It's not just that he is a Canadian and would provide stability at the middle linebacker position, it's that he is coming off a year in which he led the Riders in tackles and total defensive plays with 106 (82 tackles, 11 special teams tackles, two quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, five knockdowns and one tackle for loss). If Muamba takes a pass on a return, the club is more than content to begin camp taking a look at Santos-Knox or Ian Wild in the middle, along with two players from last year in Wilson and Jones and whomever else they might find through their scouting department.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

In: Chandler Fenner (B.C.), Anthony Gaitor (B.C.), Steven Clarke (B.C.)
Out: T.J. Heath (Tor)
Newcomers: Tevin Homer, Zavian Bingham, Eric Patterson, Travis Howard, Sam Brown
Returnees: Brandon Alexander, Kahlen Branning*, Abu Conteh*, Derek Jones*, Taylor Loffler*, Brendan Morgan* (returns after being released prior to last season), Robert Porter, Chris Randle, Brian Walker.
Synopsis: Heath's exit takes a ball-hawk out of the secondary, but the Bombers have added some interesting pieces that could give the unit more flexibility. Fenner, like Maurice Leggett, can play both defensive back and the strong-side linebacker position and Gaitor and Clarke do have some experience. Add that crew to a unit that includes CFL All-Stars in Randle and Loffler and sophomores like Walker and Alexander, and the camp battles for spots figures to be intense.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2018/02/27/off-season-moves-date/
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« Reply #328 on: February 28, 2018, 10:41:46 AM »

Thanks for the summary.

IMO, we haven't done much. The defence is a joke.
Leggett and Wild are not really linebackers.
We have no MLB Knox- is an outside LB
We lost an All Star DB and an All star DE. And have replaced,them with journeymen albeit potentially solid players.

We have snubbed glue guys like Denmark and Thomas.  Thomas especially is shocking.  He is 3x the player the un-ripe Ekatitie is.

Gushing over Demski is a fantasy. He has done zero as a difference maker. He in reality has been a back up. Who,is the other guy??!oh yeah LeFramce.......if this guy gets a thousand yards as a Career Bomber, I would be surprised.  I am happy we are supporting the Bisons though, in signing their alumni.

These are all good signings, as depth guys.  But Walters, come on man, zero of these. Guys are game breakers.
Furthermore snubbing Denmark and Thomas are mystifying.....foot soldiers who do the heavy lifting, and do the job,in spite of media hostility( Denmark) and disrespect (Thomas).

The signings are all good, but hardly going to make all other teams. Quake in their boots.
Can Roh be another Westermann? Hope so.  Can Ekatite start? (Guffaw)

Not impressed.
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« Reply #329 on: February 28, 2018, 11:37:03 AM »

Thanks for the summary.

IMO, we haven't done much. The defence is a joke.
Leggett and Wild are not really linebackers.
We have no MLB Knox- is an outside LB
We lost an All Star DB and an All star DE. And have replaced,them with journeymen albeit potentially solid players.

We have snubbed glue guys like Denmark and Thomas.  Thomas especially is shocking.  He is 3x the player the un-ripe Ekatitie is.

Gushing over Demski is a fantasy. He has done zero as a difference maker. He in reality has been a back up. Who,is the other guy??!oh yeah LeFramce.......if this guy gets a thousand yards as a Career Bomber, I would be surprised.  I am happy we are supporting the Bisons though, in signing their alumni.

These are all good signings, as depth guys.  But Walters, come on man, zero of these. Guys are game breakers.
Furthermore snubbing Denmark and Thomas are mystifying.....foot soldiers who do the heavy lifting, and do the job,in spite of media hostility( Denmark) and disrespect (Thomas).

The signings are all good, but hardly going to make all other teams. Quake in their boots.
Can Roh be another Westermann? Hope so.  Can Ekatite start? (Guffaw)

Not impressed.
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