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Throw Long Bannatyne
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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2018, 01:44:13 AM »

The team really likes Hardrick and Bryant. Both have just re-signed new deals. Not sure how quickly Gray will adapt to the CFL but he's probably going to be a guard as long as we have those two T's.

Or unless we have an injury. Of course we still have Foketi but if Gray can play tackle that MIGHT make him expendable to make room to keep another Canadian as depth.

Yah, I kind of expect Foketi's run is over.
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« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2018, 05:36:56 AM »

Yah, I kind of expect Foketi's run is over.
Meh. He's a good tackle under contract for a reasonable amount I'm sure. No point cutting him until end of preseason and even then only if roster just simply can't hold him. Decent OL are quite hard to find. No point dropping one for no reason
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« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2018, 02:29:30 PM »

Meh. He's a good tackle under contract for a reasonable amount I'm sure. No point cutting him until end of preseason and even then only if roster just simply can't hold him. Decent OL are quite hard to find. No point dropping one for no reason

I think we all agree with the idea Foketi is a good player and not that expensive. The point being made is that if we have Canadian OL capable of playing OT we might want that roster spot there instead.

It doesn't matter if a player is on the 2 man reserve or the 1 game IR, it all goes against the SMS.

So if we have Canadian OL we want to not lose than it's the cumulative decision against the SMS. At the end of the season we " rostered " Speller and Gray for example.

No problem with Foketi at TC or possibly even beyond but it might become a decision on how or if he is retained. Roster size, positional players and total SMS are all part of the equation.

We ( as posters ) don't really know what Speller's upside is and Gray needs to show us during TC. He could be a starter for all we know. Then there is the draft and free agency to be worked out.
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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2018, 02:39:40 PM »

At this point we have 3 of our 6 rostered NAT OL possibly becoming FA's. There is absolutely no way of knowing whether Foketi will be here or not until that is sorted out.
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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2018, 02:41:11 PM »

At this point we have 3 of our 6 rostered NAT OL possibly becoming FA's. There is absolutely no way of knowing whether Foketi will be here or not until that is sorted out.

He is under contract... so he will be here for camp at least...
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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2018, 02:45:18 PM »

At this point we have 3 of our 6 rostered NAT OL possibly becoming FA's. There is absolutely no way of knowing whether Foketi will be here or not until that is sorted out.

That's the question alright. In any case I think Foketi will be at TC. Even if things go well in free agency and in TC Foketi could possibly be trade bait or still needed if our Canadian " depth " at tackle is not there.
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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2018, 02:47:08 PM »

He is under contract... so he will be here for camp at least...

That's not necessarily true. Players under contract are released during the off season as new player acquisitions are made.
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« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2018, 03:16:21 PM »

That's not necessarily true. Players under contract are released during the off season as new player acquisitions are made.

They are released if they have a roster bonus due (not likely in this case) or if we need to roster spot.  Neither of those cases apply.  There is absolutely no reason to release Foketi.  They obviously like the guy, and he seems to like it here.  So, while technically any player can be released at any time, there is absolutely no reason to release Foketi. 
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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2018, 04:07:11 PM »

That's not necessarily true. Players under contract are released during the off season as new player acquisitions are made.
Cutting Foketi before TC would be pretty pointless unless he is making a lot of money, which I'm assuming he isn't. I think some posters are forgetting how difficult it is to find decent OL
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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2018, 05:29:37 PM »

They are released if they have a roster bonus due (not likely in this case) or if we need to roster spot.  Neither of those cases apply.  There is absolutely no reason to release Foketi.  They obviously like the guy, and he seems to like it here.  So, while technically any player can be released at any time, there is absolutely no reason to release Foketi. 

I'm not saying to release Foketi before or even after TC. Just saying that any player can be potentially released prior to TC as the roster fills up by position and in total.

As long as we use imports at tackle we're going to need import depth at TC. Most of the time that depth ends up on the PR but having to roster a player is a different consideration. We've done it successfully for 2 seasons and my continue that in 2019.

OTOH there will be new competition and by definition, non full time starters are always at some risk. Foketi still can't be making much more than absolute minimum. More but probably well within reason.

It's always possible the scouts find excellent new talent that will accept PR spots. We may draft a bunch of OL we want to retain etc etc.

We don't want Neufeld to be the 1st replacement at tackle if there is any injury. If Gray wins a starting role at guard but also shows he can be a very good back up at T then that changes the options available. Assuming we don't lose Chungh at RG.

I agree Foketi is a good player and could just as easily still be here. How all this shakes out in free agency, draft and scouting is what we'll see over the next few months.

Over 300 potential free agents at the moment.
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« Reply #25 on: December 03, 2018, 06:24:38 PM »

Transactions Nov 28:

WPG ADD  INT Darvin ADAMS (WR)    Auburn *
WPG ADD  NAT Johnny AUGUSTINE (RB)    Guelph
WPG ADD  INT Bryan BENNETT (QB)    Southeastern Louisiana *
WPG ADD  INT Brandin BRYANT (DL)    Florida Atlantic *
WPG ADD  INT Evan CLARK (WR)    Saint John's
WPG ADD  NAT Abubakar CONTEH  (DB)    Grambling State *
WPG ADD  INT Chandler FENNER (DB)    Holy Cross *
WPG ADD  INT Manase FOKETI (OL)    West Texas A&M *
WPG ADD  NAT Geoff GRAY (OL)    Manitoba *
WPG ADD  NAT Andrew HARRIS (RB)    Nanaimo Raiders Jr. *
WPG ADD  NAT Derek JONES (DB)    Simon Fraser *
WPG ADD  NAT Patrick NEUFELD (OL)    Saskatchewan *
WPG ADD  INT Matt NICHOLS (QB)    Eastern Washington *
WPG ADD  NAT Daniel PETERMANN (WR)    McMaster *
WPG ADD  INT Chris RANDLE (DB)    Utah State *
WPG ADD  INT Craig ROH (DE)    Michigan *
WPG ADD  NAT Rashaun SIMONISE (WR)    Calgary *
WPG ADD  NAT Cody SPELLER (OL)    McMaster *
WPG ADD  INT Kenbrell THOMPKINS (WR)    Cincinnati *
WPG ADD FROM ACTIVEXX INT Patrick CHOUDJA (DL)    Nevada
WPG ADD FROM ACTIVEXX INT Joseph ESTE (DB)    Tennessee Martin
WPG ADD FROM ACTIVEXX INT Kenny LAWLER (WR)    California
Notes: * Registration of existing 2019 contract.
For any player previously listed as retired/suspended, but shown as ADD today, their status has not changed.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Add to Roster - December 4, 2018

WINNIPEG, MB., December 4, 2018 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the club has signed international receiver Evan Clarke, national running back Johnny Augustine, international defensive end Patrick Choudja and international receiver Kenny Lawler.

Clark
(5'10, 190, St. John's University, August 6, 1995 in Phoenix, AZ) played five seasons with the St. John's University Johnnies, totalling 29 touchdowns. In 44 games played, Clark had 90 receptions for 1701 receiving yards, the 14th most all time at St. John's. In 2018, Clark participated in the Kansas City Chiefs rookie camp.

Augustine (5'9, 202, University of Guelph, July 7, 1993 in Welland, ON.) signed as a free agent with Winnipeg prior to last season, and saw action in nine games. Augustine recorded seven carries for 51 yards and one touchdown. He played five seasons with the Guelph Gryphons, rushing for 2,742 yards and 28 touchdowns on 483 rushes. In his senior year, Augustine rushed for 690 yards and nine touchdowns on 122 carries.

Choudja (6'3, 263, Nevada, April 11, 1996 in Oakley, CA) played four seasons with the Nevada Wolfpack, totalling 93 tackles, four and a half sacks and four forced fumbles in 50 games. Choudja signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and spent time on the Bombers' practice roster in 2018.

Lawler (6'2, 203, University of California, June 25, 1994 in Pomona, CA.) was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, spending time on their practice squad in 2016 and 2017. Lawler played three seasons with the California Golden Bears, catching 143 passes for 1706 yards and 27 touchdowns. He spent part of 2018 on the club's practice roster.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2018/12/04/bombers-add-four-roster/
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« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2018, 07:17:06 PM »

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WPG ADD  INT Evan CLARK (WR)    Saint John's
Who?
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« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2018, 07:25:54 PM »

Who?

From the mighty St. John's Johnnies.....

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Clark, who was listed at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds last fall, was an All-MIAC first team pick twice and a three-time D3football.com All-West Region honoree for St. John's.

He caught 29 passes for 496 yards and six touchdowns and rushed 13 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns, playing in 10 of the Johnnies' 11 games this season.

Clark finished his career with 23 receiving touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns and two kick returns for touchdowns. His 29 total touchdowns is 15th on the school's career list.

He is also 14th in career receiving yards (1,701) and his 1,185 kick return yards is second on the career list at St. John's.

Clark graduated from St. John's with a degree in communications in December. After graduating, he said he moved to the Twin Cities and was working out at ETS Next Level in Woodbury.
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« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2018, 08:16:56 PM »

Nice to see Augustine is coming back...hopefully we don't use any SMS on Lafrance this year...be an utter waste of roster money...and space
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« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2018, 08:21:31 PM »

Nice to see Augustine is coming back...hopefully we don't use any SMS on Lafrance this year...be an utter waste of roster money...and space

X1000. Even if Harris couldn't go, LaFrance wasn't a realistic option. Good on him for spinning one sensational game into a multi-year career but I think the ship has sailed.
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