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Author Topic: A Look At The Receiving Corps - Ed Tait  (Read 19070 times)
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« on: February 19, 2019, 09:05:09 PM »

A good summary of where the Blue Bombers stand now at the receiver position:

A Look At The Receiving Corps - Ed Tait

They took a hefty swing at some of the Canadian Football League?s marquee free agent receivers before coming up short in the bidding wars.

And while the Winnipeg Blue Bombers may kick the tires on some of the pass catchers still on the market - or keep some dollars aside for those who might come free from the NFL later into the summer - the reality is the club is closer now to implementing its Plan B when it comes to revamping their receiving corps.

A lot can change with how the roster looks from now until the first day of training camp in May. As it stands, the Bombers will likely again use two Canadians in their receiving corps, as they did last season with Drew Wolitarsky and Nic Demski.

Here's a closer look at the Bombers current receiver depth and who might comprise their Plan B from their prospect pool. (Note: Weston Dressler remains an unsigned free agent).

THE RETURNEES - STARTERS


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WR Darvin Adams


Has led the Bombers in receiving in back-to-back seasons, pulling in 137 passes for 2,148 yards and 17 TDs. West Division All-Star in both 2017 and 2018 and his 10 receiving TDs last season ranked tied for second in the CFL.

WR/SB Drew Wolitarsky*


Enjoyed a break-out 2018 campaign with 45 catches for 650 yards and five TDs. His 650 receiving yards ranked second on the Bombers and third among Canadian receivers in the league (Brad Sinopoli of Ottawa finished with 1,376 yards, Hamilton?s Mike Jones had 841).

SB Nic Demski*


Like Wolitarsky, Demski enjoyed a banner season working in Paul LaPolice?s offence, thriving in a multi-dimensional role that ultimately saw him finish third on the club in both receiving and rushing yardage. Demski finished with 59 receptions for 554 yards and three TDs, while adding 248 yards on 34 catches and another score.

SB Kenbrell Thompkins


The ex-NFLer made a solid impression upon first being inserted into the lineup in late July, pulling in 15 passes for 213 yards in his first four games as a Bomber. But in his last eight games he had just 14 receptions for 208 yards. He didn?t catch a pass in the West Semi-Final and was not in the lineup for the West Final.

THE RETURNEES - RESERVES

Corey Washington


The size - 6-4/208 - and skill are all there for Washington, who has had looks from eight different NFL teams. Flashed his big-play ability in the regular season finale, pulling in an 80-yard TD reception from Chris Streveler that was the Bombers longest offensive play of the season.

Rashaun Simonise*


The Bombers first pick in the 2018 draft - 12th overall - is another prospect that oozes potential. Still just 23, Simonise dressed for all 18 games, seeing spot duty. He will continue to fight for snaps among a Canadian crew that includes Wolitarsky, Demski and Daniel Petermann.

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The club is still convinced they got a steal when Petermann fell to them in the third round of last year?s draft. There's a lot to like with Petermann, who has outstanding hands and route-running skills and also brings a gritty toughness.

Charles Nelson

Dressed for one game last year - the regular season finale - and was impressive with three catches for 35 yards, while also returning nine kicks that day. Smallish at 5-8, 170, but could bring a speed/playmaking dynamic to the receiving corps.

Kenny Lawler

A seventh-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2016, Lawler got a long look from the B.C. Lions in camp last year before being released. Was added to the Bombers practice roster in late October. Good speed and size at 6-2, 180.

NEW FACES

Garrett Johnson

Johnson will come to the Bombers after a stint with the Chicago Bears last year. One of the greatest receivers in the history of the University of Kentucky, where he finished his college career ranked fourth in receiving yards and fifth in receptions.

Dom Williams

Another intriguing prospect for the Bombers. Has had NFL looks from Detroit, Philadelphia and San Diego after finishing his college career at Washington State with 192 catches for 2,889 yards and 30 TDs. Those totals ranked second in school history.

Evan Clark

Caught the eyes of Bomber scouts at last year?s Kansas City Chiefs rookie camp. Played his college ball with Division III St. John's Johnnies, one of the most successful programs in NCAA history.

Tim Wilson


Just signed by the Bombers on Tuesday, Wilson potentially provides an interesting dimension along the lines of a Charles Nelson. He's a receiver/kick returner type who also ran some track at East Stroudsburg University. Got a look last year from the Philadelphia Eagles.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2019/02/19/look-receiving-corps/
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2019, 09:07:15 PM »

Good write up. Our import receiving list is scary bad:

Darvin Adams
Kenbrell Thompkins
Cory Washington
Charles Nelson
Kenny Lawler
Garrett Johnson
Dom Williams
Evan Clark
Tim Wilson

Better hope Darvin doesn't go down ever.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2019, 09:34:09 PM »

How do you know they are scary bad?? We have no idea if a couple of these new imports impress and end up being great players.

You can't just keep signing recycled players until you say you have a great set of guys.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2019, 09:43:17 PM »

There are a lot of guys in this league who are household names in their own households...until they become stars in the CFL. Perhaps one of these new guys is one of those guys.

My biggest concern is a lack of any sort of veteran presence in this group. Even Dressler in decline would provide some leadership about how things work in the CFL. This crew has none of that. For a team that is supposedly built to win now, that concerns me.

I'm also concerned that there seems to be a thinking along the lines of "Bighill fell to us late in the offseason, so let's see if that happens again." That's not exactly a good plan.

I know that Andrew Harris is the focal point of the offence, and that's just fine with me. However, if there is no significant receiving threat to take some of the focus away from Harris, a lot of pressure will be placed on him, and defenses won't have to plan for a multi-pronged attack. We would also grind to a complete halt if Harris goes down.

I really hope that I'm wrong about this receiving group, but I suspect that I'm not. Last year without Dressler (that veteran leader on the field), the entire offence struggled. We still need that.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2019, 12:07:06 AM »

An innocent question from a Rider fan. What do you think will happen to Dressler?
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2019, 12:49:33 AM »

I think we re morons if we don?t sign him. We have very little/no veteran presence in our receiving corps
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2019, 01:19:08 AM »

Into honk we re morons if we don?t sign him. We have very little/no veteran presence in our receiving corps

My take on the signing delay is Dressler has no intention of retiring and they are miles apart on agreeing to terms, so he is actively shopping around for a better deal.  It would be too bad if he ended his career elsewhere but the longer this goes on I think the more likely that possibility becomes.  I'd be surprised if his final destination was anywhere other than Wpg. or Regina as he probably wants to stay relatively close to his home-base and family to finish out his career.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2019, 01:30:00 AM »

An innocent question from a Rider fan. What do you think will happen to Dressler?

Dressler h?s likely been asked to take a deep paycut and is hoping someone offers him a better deal. Chances are he retires imo.
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2019, 02:01:47 AM »

Dressler h?s likely been asked to take a deep paycut and is hoping someone offers him a better deal. Chances are he retires imo.

Agreed.

My guess is he has a number in his head that he wants, and anything much less than that won?t be worth putting his body thru...and currently nobody is budging in either direction.
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2019, 03:00:00 AM »

Our American receivers are disgustingly bad.

We need two things:
- one of Mitchell, Spencer, Duke, Zylstra or Matthews
- a rookie to perform well enough to upgrade on our third USWR spot.
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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2019, 03:28:10 AM »

Agreed.

I am hoping Dom Williams is the rookie.
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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2019, 04:00:14 AM »

Is matthews still unsigned? Id throw a pile of money at him if I was Walters...
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2019, 04:08:33 AM »

Is matthews still unsigned? Id throw a pile of money at him if I was Walters...

Personally I think he is overrated in many people's minds.  He wouldn't even be the best receiver on the bombers - darvin is better...

Duke Williams is the best of that lot but he is going to get a legit shot at training camp and nfl preseason.
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2019, 04:12:17 AM »

Matthews was. So good.

But then.....
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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2019, 04:31:56 AM »

Personally I think he is overrated in many people's minds.  He wouldn't even be the best receiver on the bombers - darvin is better...

Duke Williams is the best of that lot but he is going to get a legit shot at training camp and nfl preseason.
It's not a matter of being better than Darvin, its whether he's better than the unknowns or 2nd year guys
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