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Title: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 04, 2020, 10:38:35 PM
Current roster:           
  
                                                                                                                 Contract length                Salary

Zach Collaros -8                  QB   A   re-signed Jan 27 2020                                     2021                        410 000   
Sean McGuire -12                QB   A   re-signed Dec 31 2020                                     2021
Dru Brown                          QB   A   signed Mar 11 2020                                         2021
Dalton Sneed                      QB   A   signed Mar 30 2020                                         2021 

Andrew Harris -33               RB   N   re-signed Jan 15 2021                                       2021                       170 000                           
Johnny Augustine -27          RB   N   re-signed Dec 27 2019                                      2021
Brady Oliveira -20               RB   N   signed May 13 2019                                          2021
Kyle Borsa                         RB   N   signed May 20 2021                                          2021   2022
Joshua Caldwell                  RB   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                            2021   2022
James Williams                    RB   A   signed Mar 5 2021                                            2021   2022
Mike Miller -24                    FB   N   re-signed Jan 7 2021                                        2021                                       
       
Darvin Adams -1                WR   A   re-signed Feb 9 2020                                        2021   2022                         
Charles Nelson -6               WR   A   re-signed Jan 23 2020                                      2021                                 
Rasheed Bailey -88             WR   A   re-signed Jan 14 2021                                       2021   
Isaiah Harper                    WR   A   signed to FC  Oct 31 2019                                  2021
Ardarius Stewart               WR   A   signed to FC Nov 13 2019                                   2021
Mekale McKay                   WR   A   signed June 11 2020                                          2021
Alonzo Russell                   WR   A   signed July 3 2020                                             2021
Blake Jackson                   WR   A   signed Dec 23 2020                                           2021   2022
Davon Grayson                 WR   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                              2021   2022
Montay Crockett               WR   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                              2021   2022
Malcom Lewis                   WR   A   signed Jan 15 2021                                            2021   2022
Deontez Alexander             WR   A   signed Jan 29 2021                                            2021   2022
Kenny Lawler - 89             WR   A   signed Feb 3 2021                                             2021
Janarion Grant - 80            WR   A   signed Feb 4 2021                                              2021
Quadree Henderson           WR   A   signed Feb 17 2021                                            2021   2022
Blake Jackson                   WR   A   signed Feb 25 2021                                           2021   2022
Carlton Agudosi                 WR   A   signed Apr 30 2021                                            2021   2022
Kelvin McKnight                 WR   A   signed June 15 2021                                          2021   2022
C.J. Worton                      WR   A   signed June 18 2021                                          2021   2022
Drew Wolitarsky -82          WR   N   re-signed Dec 15 2019                                        2021                                           
Nic Demski -10                  WR   N   re-signed Jan 2021                                            2021   2022                                         
Mathias Bocku                  WR   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                              2021   2022
B O'Leary-Orange              WR   N   signed Apr 26 2021                                            2021   2022
James Tyrrell                    WR   N   signed June 18 2021                                          2021   2022
                                                                     
Stanley Bryant -66           OL   A   re-signed Jan 5 2021                                           2021                                             
Jermarcus Hardrick -51      OL   A   re-signed Dec 30 2020                                         2021
Kevin Lawrence                OL   A   signed Feb 3 2020                                               2021
Nolan Ulizio                      OL   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                               2021   2022
Dino Boyd                       OL   A   signed June 18 2021                                             2021   2022
Patrick Neufeld -53           OL   N   re-signed Jan 19 2021                                          2021                                                               
Michael Couture -59          OL   N   re-signed Feb 10 2020                                         2021                                             
Geoff Gray-68                  OL   N   re-signed Jan 8 2021                                           2021 
Drew Desjarlais -61           OL   N   signed May 15 2019                                            2021     
Asotui Eli -67                   OL   N   signed May 13 2019                                            2021                                             
Chris Kolankowski             OL   N   signed Feb 6 2020                                               2021   
Tomoya Machino              OL   G   signed June 15 2021                                            2021   2022

Marc Liegghio                   K   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                                2021   2022                                               
Mike Benson                    LS   N   signed Feb 9 2021                                               2021

Ezekiel Rose                    DT   A   signed to FC Nov 2 2019                                     2021   
Ricky Walker                   DT   A   signed Feb 19 2021                                             2021   2022                                     
Jake Thomas -95             DT   N   re-signed Jan 4 2021                                           2021   
Zach Houghron                DT   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                              2021   2022                                   
Jackson Jeffcoat -94        DE   A   re-signed Jan 8 2021                                           2021                                     
Willie Jefferson -5            DE   A   re-signed Feb 10 2020                                         2021                       205 000               
Justin Alexandre              DE   A   signed Jan 13 2020                                             2021
Jonathan Kongbo             DE  N   signed June 7 2021                                              2021
Steven Richardson -98     DL   A   re-signed Feb 5 2021                                           2021                                             
Patrick Choudja - 99        DL   A   signed to FC Oct 10 2019                                     2021
Cedric Wilcots                 DL   A   signed Dec 23 2020                                            2021   2022
Casey Sayles                  DL   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                              2021   2022
Vontarrius Dora               DL   A   signed Jan 11 2021                                             2021   2022
David Kenney - 49           DL   A   signed Jan 29 2021                                              2021   2022
Connor Griffiths -91         DL   N   signed May 13 2019                                            2021
Thiadric Hansen - 3         DL   G   re-signed Jan 5 2021                                           2021   
Nicholas Dheilly               DL   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                               2021   2022                                 

Adam Bighill -4                LB   A   re-signed Jan 15 2019                                         2021                       115 000
Kyrie Wilson -19              LB   A   re-signed Jan 13 2021                                         2021   2022                                                           
Sam Williams                   LB   A   signed to FC Oct 2 2019                                       2021
Mason Moe                     LB   A   signed to FC Nov 6 2019                                      2021
Otha Peters                    LB   A   signed Dec 11 2019                                             2021
Tobi Antigha                   LB   A   re-signed Jan 8 2021                                           2021 
Jontrell Rocquemore         LB    A   signed Mar 5 2021                                              2021                                           
Jesse Briggs -34              LB   N   re-signed Jan 20 2021                                         2021                                       
Shayne Gauthier -44         LB   N   re-signed Jan 8 2021                                          2021                                       
T Gaskill-Cadwallader        LB   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                              2021   2022
Robbie Lowes                  LB  N   signed May 13 2021                                             2021   2022 
Les Maruo                      LB   G  signed Apr 26 2021                                              2021   2022   
Ayo Oyelola                    LB   G  signed May 26 2021                                             2021   2022     
 
Brandon Alexander -37       DB   A   re-signed Jan 11 2021                                       2021 
Josh Johnson -0                DB   A   resigned Jan 16 2021                                        2021
Nick Taylor -25                 DB   A   re-signed Jan 7 2021                                         2021                                                             
Mike Jones -16                 DB   A   signed April 29 2019                                         2021                                       
Demerio Houston               DB   A   signed to FC Oct 20 2019                                  2021
Joshua Allen                     DB   A   signed to FC Nov 2  2019                                  2021
Clifton Duck                     DB   A   signed Dec 23 2019                                          2021
Dexter McDougle               DB   A   signed Feb 6 2020                                           2021     
Dee Alford                       DB   A   signed Feb 10 2020                                          2021   
Josh Miller                       DB   A   signed Feb 14 2020                                          2021
Jamalcolm Liggins             DB   A   signed Feb 20 2020                                          2021   
Terrence Alexander           DB   A   signed May 22 2020                                         2021 
Prince Robinson                DB   A   signed Jan 4 2021                                            2021   2022
Mercy Maston - 36           DB   A   signed Jan 7 2021                                            2021
Raekwon Williams              DB   A   signed Jan 11 2021                                          2021   2022
Jhavonte Dean                 DB   A   signed Jan 20 2021                                          2021   2022
Jeremiah Johnson              DB   A   signed Jan 25 2021                                          2021   2022
Ranthony Texada              DB   A   signed Jan 25 2021                                          2021   2022     
Marwin Evans                   DB   A   signed Jan 29 2021                                          2021   2022   
Deatrick Nichols                DB   A   signed Feb 4 2021                                           2021   2022
Christian Angulo                DB   A   signed Feb 19 2021                                         2021   2022
Prince Robinson                DB   A   signed Feb 25 2021                                          2021   2022
Nick Hallett -21                DB   N   signed May 10 2019                                         2021                                         
Noah Hallett                    DB   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                            2021   2022
Redha Kramdi                   DB   N   signed May 13 2021                                         2021   2022
S Schiaffino Perez - 26     DB   G   signed Feb 24 2021                                          2021

Once a Bomber, always a Bomber:
Tyrone Neal                   LB   A   signed to FC Oct 28 2019     released Dec 18 2020
Tyre Mccants                WR   A   signed to FC Oct 31 2019     released Dec 18 2020
Shane Carpenter            OL    A   signed Feb 28 2020     released Dec 18 2020
Chris Lyles                    DB    A   signed Feb 5 2020 (was pending FA)     released Dec 18 2020
Meffy Koloamatangi -97   DE   A   re-signed Nov 27 2019     released Dec 18 2020
Royce Lafrance              DL   A   signed to FC Nov 6 2019     released Dec 18 2020
Cody Speller -62            OL   N   signed Oct 30 2018            traded to Argos Jan 27 2021 (was pending FA)
Micah Awe                    LB   A   signed Feb 18 2020            released Jan 31 2021 (was signed for 2021) = signed with Ottawa Feb 12
John Rush -32                FB   N   re-signed Jan 4 2019         became a free agent
Lucky Whitehead -7        WR   A   signed May 9 2019           became a free agent -signed with BC Feb 9 2021
Daniel Petermann -81      WR   N   signed May 14 2018         became a free agent -signed with Ottawa Feb 10 2021                                   
Julian Feoli-Gudino -83    WR   N   signed Feb 5 2020            became a free agent
Justin Medlock -9              K   A   re-signed Jan 7 2019         became a free agent                                           
Chad Rempel -46             LS   N   re-signed Jan 9 2019         became a free agent                                       
Maxime Latour -58          LS   N   signed Sept 4 2019            became a free agent
Brandon Calver -43         LB   N   signed Sept 6 2019            became a free agent                                           
Thomas Miles -24            LB   N   signed Feb 11 2020           became a free agent
Kerfalla Exume -41         DB   N   signed May 13 2019           became a free agent -signed with Montreal Feb 10 2021     
Dylan Donahue           LB/DL   A    signed Jan 9 2020              released Mar 13 2021
Bryant Mitchell               WR   A   signed Feb 10 2021             retired Mar 25 2021 
Travis Rudolph               WR   A   signed Dec 20 2019            released Apr 7 2021
Alex McCalister -90         DE   A   signed Jan 20 2020             released June 1 2021
Malik Boynton                DB   A   signed Dec 13 2019             released June 18 2021
Kayaune Ross               WR   A   signed Dec 20 2019             released June 18 2021
Demetrious Cox             DB   A   signed Jan 11 2021              released June 18 2021
Damian Swann              DB   A   signed Mar 17 2020              released June 18 2021   
 
  

Roster 2019-2020
http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=52483.0 (http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=52483.0)

Roster 2018-2019
http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=51239.0 (http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=51239.0)       

Roster 2017-2018
http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=49702.0 (http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=49702.0)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 04, 2020, 10:39:20 PM
Roster as of Dec 4 2020:
                                                                                                                                  Contract length                Salary
Zach Collaros -8                  QB    A   re-signed Jan 27 2020                                        2020    2021                  490 000   
Sean McGuire - 12               QB    A   signed May 15 2019                                            2020                                     
Dru Brown                          QB    A   signed Mar 11 2020                                            2020   2021
Dalton Sneed                      QB    A   signed Mar 30 2020                                            2020   2021 

Andrew Harris -33               RB   N    extended May 20 2018                                       2020                              215 000
Johnny Augustine -27         RB   N    re-signed Dec 27 2019                                        2020   2021
Brady Oliveira -20               RB   N    signed May 13 2019                                            2020    2021
Mike Miller -24                    FB   N    re-signed Dec 11 2018                                         2020
John Rush -32                    FB   N    re-signed Jan 4 2019                                           2020

Darvin Adams -1               WR   A    re-signed Feb 9 2020                                            2020   2021   2022       140 000             
Charles Nelson -6            WR    A    re-signed Jan 23 2020                                          2020   2021                                   
Lucky Whitehead -7         WR    A   signed May 9 2019                                                2020
Rasheed Bailey -88          WR    A   re-signed April 29 2019                                        2020
Tyre Mccants                    WR    A   signed to FC Oct 31 2019                                     2020   2021
Isaiah Harper                   WR    A   signed to FC  Oct 31 2019                                    2020   2021
Ardarius Stewart             WR    A    signed to FC Nov 13 2019                                    2020   2021
Kayaune Ross                  WR   A   signed Dec 20 2019                                               2020   2021   
Travis Rudolph                 WR   A   signed Dec 20 2019                                               2020   2021
Mekale McKay                WR   A   signed June 11 2020                                              2020   2021
Alonzo Russell                 WR   A   signed July 3 2020                                                2020   2021
Drew Wolitarsky -82        WR   N    re-signed Dec 15 2019                                         2020   2021                                           
Nic Demski -10                 WR   N    signed Feb 12 2019                                              2020
Daniel Petermann -81      WR   N    signed May 14 2018                                             2020 
Julian Feoli-Gudino           WR   N   signed Feb 5 2020                                                 2020                                   

Stanley Bryant -66           OL    A   re-signed Jan 20 2020                                           2020                           207 000             
Jermarcus Hardrick -51    OL    A    re-signed Dec 14 2019                                          2020                                 
Kevin Lawrence               OL   A   signed Feb 3 2020                                                  2020   2021
Shane Carpenter             OL   A   signed Feb 28 2020                                                2020   2021
Patrick Neufeld -53        OL  N   re-signed Dec 10 2019                                              2020                                     
Michael Couture  -59        OL   N   re-signed Feb 10 2020                                          2020   2021                                             
Geoff Gray -68                  OL   N   signed Oct 15 2018                                               2020
Cody Speller -62              OL   N   signed Oct 30 2018                                               2020                                         
Drew Desjarlais -61         OL   N     signed May 15 2019                                            2020   2021     
Asotui Eli -67                   OL   N   signed May 13 2019                                              2020 
Chris Kolankowski           OL   N   signed Feb 6 2020                                                 2020   2021     

Justin Medlock -9             K     A      re-signed Jan 7 2019                                          2020                       
Chad Rempel -46            LS   N     re-signed Jan 9 2019                                            2020
Maxime Latour -58          LS  N   signed Sept 4 2019     

Ezekiel Rose                    DT    A   signed to FC Nov 2 2019                                       2020    2021                                     
Jake Thomas -95             DT   N     re-signed Jan 31 2020                                          2020                                   
Jackson Jeffcoat -94        DE    A      re-signed Jan 21 2018                                        2020
Willie Jefferson -5            DE   A     re-signed Feb 10 2020                                          2020   2021                  260 000
Meffy Koloamatangi -97   DE   A     re-signed Nov 27 2019                                         2020    2021
Justin Alexandre              DE   A   signed Jan 13 2020                                                2020   2021
Alex McCalister                DE   A   signed Jan 20 2020                                                2020   2021
Steven Richardson -98    DL    A   signed May 18 2019                                              2020
Patrick Choudja               DL     A    signed to FC Oct 10 2019                                    2020   2021
Royce Lafrance                DL    A   signed to FC Nov 6 2019                                       2020   2021
Connor Griffiths -91         DL   N  signed May 13 2019                                               2020 

Adam Bighill -4                LB   A      re-signed Jan 15 2019                                         2020   2021                   250 000
Kyrie Wilson -19             LB    A      re-signed Feb 5 2019                                          2020                         
Sam Williams                  LB    A    signed to FC Oct 2 2019                                        2020   2021
Tyrone Neal                    LB    A   signed to FC Oct 28 2019                                       2020   2021
Mason Moe                     LB    A   signed to FC Nov 6 2019                                        2020   2021
Otha Peters                    LB   A   signed Dec 11 2019                                                2020   2021
Dylan Donahue                LB   A   signed Jan 9 2020                                                  2020   2021
Tobi Antigha                    LB   A    signed Feb 13 2020                                              2020
Micah Awe                       LB   A   signed Feb 18 2020                                               2020   2021
Jesse Briggs -34             LB   N    re-signed Dec 17 2018                                          2020
Shayne Gauthier -44      LB   N    re-signed Jan 25 2019                                           2020
Brandon Calver -43        LB   N    signed Sept 6 2019                                               2020
Thomas Miles                  LB   N   signed Feb 11 2020                                                2020
           
Brandon Alexander -37   DB    A     re-signed Feb 12 2019                                        2020                                                                Nick Taylor -25                 DB    A     re-signed Jan 20 2020                                       2020                             
Mike Jones -16                 DB   A    signed April 29 2019                                            2020   
Demerio Houston             DB    A   signed to FC Oct 20 2019                                    2020   2021
Joshua Allen                     DB    A   signed to FC Nov 2  2019                                    2020   2021
Malik Boynton                  DB   A     signed Dec 13 2019                                            2020   2021
Clifton Duck                      DB   A    signed Dec 23 2019                                            2020   2021
Chris Lyles                        DB   A    signed Feb 5 2020                                              2020
Josh Johnson                    DB   A   signed Feb 11 2020                                             2020
Dexter McDougle              DB   A   signed Feb 6 2020                                               2020   2021     
Dee Alford                        DB   A   signed Feb 10 2020                                              2020   2021   
Josh Miller                         DB   A  signed Feb 14 2020                                              2020   2021
Jamalcolm Liggins               DB   A   signed Feb 20 2020                                             2020   2021 
Damian Swann                   DB   A   signed Mar 17 2020                                            2020   2021   
Terrence Alexander            DB   A   signed May 22 2020                                             2020   2021   
Nick Hallett -21                 DB   N    signed May 10 2019                                           2020
Kerfalla Exume -41           DB   N   signed May 13 2019                                            2020


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 04, 2020, 10:42:10 PM
CFL RELEASES PENDING FREE AGENTS LIST
By Ed Tait - Dec 4 2020

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers brain trust tasked with building a roster for a Grey Cup title defence will soon have the official green light to continue construction.

The Canadian Football League announced Friday the moratorium on re-signing players put in place following the cancellation of the 2020 season will be lifted at 11 a.m. on December 7. As well, the league set the date for the opening of free agency for February 9, at 11. a.m.

"While we are quite aware of the COVID-19 challenges currently facing society at large and sports in particular, we are also encouraged by the almost daily reports of progress in the development and distribution of rapid tests, treatments and, most importantly, vaccines," said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie in a statement. "We are taking every step to be prepared to return to the field next year."

The league released the entire team-by-team list of prospective free agents with the Winnipeg list including 32 names (not including Jovon Johnson, who signed a one-day contract last March to retire as a Bomber).

The Edmonton Football Team has the largest list with 47 prospective free agents, while the Toronto Argonauts have the least at 22.

The proliferation of one-year contracts over the last few years the Bombers list of free agents is substantial and features some juicy names, including stars like Andrew Harris, Stanley Bryant and Justin Medlock.

Winnipeg's list includes nine players who started games last year on offence and seven on defence. Here's the breakdown (*indicates American player):

STARTERS (OFFENCE)


RB Andrew Harris
OL Stanley Bryant*
WR Rasheed Bailey*
WR/KR Lucky Whitehead*
SB Nic Demski
OL Cody Speller
OL Geoff Gray
OL Jermarcus Hardrick*
OL Patrick Neufeld

STARTERS (DEFENCE)

DB Brandon Alexander*
DE Jackson Jeffcoat*
DB Josh Johnson*
DB Nick Taylor*
DT Jake Thomas
LB Kyrie Wilson*
DT Steven Richardson*

SPECIALISTS

K Justin Medlock*
LS Chad Rempel
LS Maxime Latour

OTHERS

QB Sean McGuire*
FB Mike Miller
LB Jesse Briggs
LB Thomas Miles
WR Daniel Petermann
DB Chris Lyles*
DB Kerfalla Exume
BL Shayne Gauthier
WR Julian Feoli-Gudino
DL Oluwatobi Antigha*
FB John Rush
LB Brandon Calver
OL Darrell Williams*

Worth noting also are some of the names NOT on the list - players who were already under contract for 2021 or signed extensions this past offseason.

That group includes: quarterback Zach Collaros; offensive linemen Michael Couture, Drew Desjarlais and Tui Eli; defensive linemen Willie Jefferson and Connor Griffiths; receivers Darvin Adams, Charles Nelson and Drew Wolitarsky; running backs Johnny Augustine and Brady Oliveira; linebackers Micah Awe and Adam Bighill and defensive backs Nick Hallett and Mike Jones.

As well, players who had previously asked for their release after the cancellation of the CFL season to pursue NFL opportunities are also pending free agents, but not free to sign with other clubs until the opening of the market in February.

That group of Bombers includes WR Kenny Lawler, WR/KR Janarion Grant, DL Thiadric Hansen and DB Mercy Maston.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/04/cfl-releases-pending-free-agents-list/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/04/cfl-releases-pending-free-agents-list/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 05, 2020, 08:07:20 AM
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers' 2021 potential free agent list
By John Hodge -December 4, 2020

The defending Grey Cup champions have a number of major contributors currently slated to reach free agency in February 2021.

Reigning Grey Cup Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian Andrew Harris is the biggest name on the list. The star running back will be 34 by the time next season rolls around but he has yet to show signs of slowing down.

Rasheed Bailey and Kenny Lawler are a strong pair of up-and-coming American receivers, while Canadian Nic Demski became a multi-faceted playmaker in Paul LaPolice's offence.

Five starting-calibre offensive linemen are set to become free agents, including all-star tackles Stanley Bryant and Jermarcus Hardrick. On the opposite side of the trenches, Jackson Jeffcoat and Jake Thomas need to be re-signed if the club hopes to keep them in the starting lineup.

The starting secondary is featured heavily on the list as well with halfback/safety Brandon Alexander, cornerback Josh Johnson, strong-side linebacker Mercy Maston, and halfback Nick Taylor are all pending free agents.

Many of Winnipeg's excellent special teamers are set to become free agents with names like Justin Medlock, Chad Rempel, Janarion Grant, Lucky Whitehead, Mike Miller, and Jesse Briggs.

Here's the full list. Scroll down to see how long each player is under contract for and a reminder of who the team selected in the 2020 CFL draft.

Quarterback

Sean McGuire (I)

Running back

Andrew Harris (N)

Fullback

Mike Miller (N)
John Rush (N)

Receiver

Rasheed Bailey (I)
Nic Demski (N)
Julian Feoli-Gudino (N)
Janarion Grant (I)
Kenny Lawler (I)
Daniel Petermann (N)
Lucky Whitehead (I)

Offensive line

Stanley Bryant (I)
Geoff Gray (N)
Jermarcus Hardrick (I)
Patrick Neufeld (N)
Cody Speller (N)

Defensive line

Tobi Antigha (I)
Jackson Jeffcoat (I)
Alex McCalister (I)
Steven Richardson (I)
Jake Thomas (N)

Linebacker

Jesse Briggs (N)
Brandon Calver (N)
Shayne Gauthier (N)
Thomas Miles (N)
Kyrie Wilson (I)

Defensive back

Brandon Alexander (I)
Kerfalla Exume (N)
Josh Johnson (I)
Chris Lyles (I)
Mercy Maston (I)
Otha Peters (I)
Nick Taylor (I)

Specialists

K/P Justin Medlock (I)
LS Maxime Latour (N)
LS Chad Rempel (N)

Players who remain under contract for next season are signed through the following years.


QB Dru Brown (I) - 2021
QB Zach Collaros (I) - 2021
QB Dalton Sneed (I) - 2021

RB Johnny Augustine (N) - 2021
RB Joshua Caldwell (I) - 2021  (deleted Sept 3)
RB Brady Oliveira (N) - 2021
RB James Williams (I) - 2021  (deleted Sept 3) 

REC Darvin Adams (I) - 2021
REC Charles Nelson (I) - 2021
REC Kayaune Ross (I) - 2021
REC Travis Rudolph (I) - 2021
REC Ardarius Stewart (I) - 2021
REC Drew Wolitarsky (N) - 2021

OL Jarell Broxton (I) - 2021  (deleted June 26)
OL Michael Couture (N) - 2021
OL Drew Desjarlais (N) - 2021
OL Tui Eli (N) - 2021
OL Chris Kolankowski (N) - 2021

DL Justin Alexandre (I) - 2021
DL Patrick Choudja (I) - 2021
DL Dylan Donahue (I) - 2021
DL Connor Griffiths (N) - 2021
DL Willie Jefferson (I) - 2021
DL David Kenny (I) - 2021 (Kenney - deleted Aug 26)
DL Mathew Kolomatangi (I) - 2021
DL Royce Lafrance (I) - 2021
DL Ezekiel Rose (I) - 2021

LB Micah Awe (I) - 2021
LB Adam Bighill (I) - 2021
LB Jamalcolm Liggins (I) - 2021
LB Mason Moe (I) - 2021
LB Tyrone Neal (I) - 2021

DB DeAundre Alford (I) - 2021
DB Joshua Allen (I) - 2021
DB Malik Boynton (I) - 2021
DB Nick Hallett (N) - 2021
DB Demerio Houston (I) - 2021
DB Isaiah Johnson (I) - 2021  (deleted Aug 27)
DB Mike Jones (I) - 2021
DB Dexter McDougle (I) - 2021
DB Raekwon Williams (I) - 2021  (deleted Sept 3)
DB Samuel Williams (I) - 2021

K Matt Riley (N) - 2021  (deleted June 26)

2020 draft class (all unsigned)

Second round, 18th overall DB Noah Hallett (N)
Fourth round, 37th overall REC Brendan O'Leary-Orange (N)
Fifth round, 39th overall K/P Marc Liegghio (N)
Fifth round, 46th overall DE Nic Dheilly (N)
Sixth round, 55th overall LB Kyle Rodger (N)
Seventh round, 64th overall LB/DB Tanner Cadwallader (N)
Eighth round, 73rd overall DB Bleska Kambamba (N)

https://3downnation.com/2020/12/04/the-winnipeg-blue-bombers-2021-potential-free-agent-list/ (https://3downnation.com/2020/12/04/the-winnipeg-blue-bombers-2021-potential-free-agent-list/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GOLDMEMBER on December 05, 2020, 10:31:08 AM
Thanks man for posting.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on December 05, 2020, 05:08:05 PM
Reported yesterday on TSN, that on average each CFL teams paid out about a half million in bonus money last season. Also that most players making over $200K, will probably asked to take a little shave this year. The reported believed that most of the players will be resigned before FA.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on December 05, 2020, 05:59:16 PM
2021 signing bonus's could be hard to hand out this free agency. On one hand we may see some requests for salary cuts and /or SMS reduction. On another hand we have no carry over of the previous SMS.

The advance payment to reduce tax burden while reducing contract amount is a bit risky ( if an injury occurs ) to that player.

CFL is coming out of year of financial loss from bonus payouts and needing to retain coaching staff on salary.

How precarious those situations are for each team we don't know.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 07, 2020, 07:49:42 AM
As of today teams can start re-signing players.

Here's the Bombers' pending Free Agents. I'll update the list as players get signed.

Quarterback
Sean McGuire (I) re-signed Dec 31 2020 (1 year)

Running back

Andrew Harris (N) re-signed Jan 15 2021 (1 year)

Fullback

Mike Miller (N) re-signed Jan 7 2021 (1 year)
John Rush (N)

Receiver
Rasheed Bailey (I) re-signed Jan 14 2021 (1 year)
Nic Demski (N)  re-signed Jan 5 2021 (2 years)
Julian Feoli-Gudino (N)
Janarion Grant (I) - asked for release when CFL season cancelled
Kenny Lawler (I)  - asked for release when CFL season cancelled
Daniel Petermann (N)
Lucky Whitehead (I)

Offensive line

Stanley Bryant (I) re-signed Jan 5 2021 (1 year)
Geoff Gray (N) re-sgned Jan 7 2021 (1 year)
Jermarcus Hardrick (I)  re-signed Dec 30 2020 (1 year)
Patrick Neufeld (N)  re-signed Jan 19 2021 (1 year)
Cody Speller (N)  traded to Argos Jan 27 2021

Defensive line

Tobi Antigha (I)  resigned Jan 7 2021 (1 year)
Jackson Jeffcoat (I)  resigned Jan 7 2021 (1 year)
Steven Richardson (I)
Jake Thomas (N) re-signed Jan 4 2021 (1 year)
Thiadric Hansen (G) - asked for release when CFL season cancelled  re-signed Jan 5 2021 (1 year)

Linebacker
Jesse Briggs(N)  re-signed Jan 20 2021 (1 year)
Brandon Calver (N)
Shayne Gauthier (N) re-signed Jan 7 2021 (1 year)
Thomas Miles (N)
Kyrie Wilson (I) re-signed Jan 13 2021 (2 years)

Defensive back
Brandon Alexander (I) re-signed Jan 11 2021 (1 year)
Kerfalla Exume (N)
Josh Johnson (I)  re-signed Jan 16 2021 (1 year)
Chris Lyles (I) released Dec 18 2020
Mercy Maston (I) - asked for release when CFL season cancelled - re-signed Jan 7 2021 (1 year)
Nick Taylor (I) re-signed Jan 7 2021 (1 year)

Specialists
K/P Justin Medlock (I)
LS Maxime Latour (N)
LS Chad Rempel (N)

OFFICIAL 2021 FREE AGENT TRACKER
https://www.cfl.ca/fa21/#BOMBERS (https://www.cfl.ca/fa21/#BOMBERS)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 08, 2020, 05:40:52 AM
I compared John Hodge's list of players under contract with mine and I came up with some discrepancies:

Players he listed under contract for 2021 but got released;
RB Joshua Caldwell (I) - 2021  (deleted Sept 3)
RB James Williams (I) - 2021  (deleted Sept 3) 
OL Jarell Broxton (I) - 2021  (deleted June 26)
DL David Kenny (I) - 2021 (Kenney - deleted Aug 26)
DB Isaiah Johnson (I) - 2021  (deleted Aug 27)
DB Raekwon Williams (I) - 2021  (deleted Sept 3)
K Matt Riley (N) - 2021  (deleted June 26)

Players I have listed under contract for 2021 that John doesn't:       
Tyre Mccants                  WR   A   signed to FC Oct 31 2019                                 
Isaiah Harper                   WR   A   signed to FC  Oct 31 2019   
Mekale McKay                 WR   A   signed June 11 2020                                             
Alonzo Russell                 WR   A   signed July 3 2020                                                                                                                   
Kevin Lawrence               OL    A   signed Feb 3 2020                                               
Shane Carpenter             OL    A   signed Feb 28 2020                                             
Alex McCalister                DE   A   signed Jan 20 2020                                               
Otha Peters                    LB    A   signed Dec 11 2019                                               
Clifton Duck                    DB   A    signed Dec 23 2019                                       
Josh Miller                      DB    A   signed Feb 14 2020                                           
Damian Swann                DB    A   signed Mar 17 2020                                       
Terrence Alexander          DB   A    signed May 22 2020                               


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 10, 2020, 02:49:14 AM
The following is the list of players that asked to be released when the CFL season was cancelled. Most of them were rookies so we will see some of them added back onto the roster at some point.

2020-09-03   WPG   DEAN, Jhavonte   DB   A   Miami   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   CALDWELL, Joshua   RB   N   Northwest Missouri State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   GRANT, Doran   DB   A   Ohio State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   CROCKETT, Montay   WR   A   Georgia Southern   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, Raekwon   DB   N   Florida Atlantic   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, James   RB   N   Washington State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   ULIZIO, Nolan   OL   A   Pittsburgh   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-01   WPG   ROCQUEMORE, Jontrell   LB   N   Utah State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-31   WPG   MASTON, Mercy   LB   A   Boise State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-31   WPG   GRANT, Janarion   WR   A   Rutgers   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-28   WPG   RINGO, Christian   DL   A   Louisiana At Lafayette   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   DURAL, Travin   WR   N   Louisiana State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   JOHNSON, Isaiah   DB   N   South Carolina   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   HANSEN, Thiadric   LB   A      Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   LAWLER, Kenny   WR   A   California   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   TEXADA, Ranthony   DB   A   Texas Christian   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   LEWIS, Malcolm   WR   N   Miami   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   KENNEY, David   DL   N   Indiana   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   DORLEANT, Makinton   DB   A   Northern Iowa   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   ALEXANDER, Deontez   WR   N      Delete From Active   Free Agent

WR Kenny Lawler, WR/KR Janarion Grant, DL Thiadric Hansen and DB Mercy Maston are able to sign with other CFL teams starting Feb 9th.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on December 10, 2020, 05:06:31 PM
Many of the American CFL players could get the vaccine long before Canadian CFL players do.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on December 10, 2020, 06:29:10 PM
The following is the list of players that asked to be released when the CFL season was cancelled. Most of them were rookies so we will see some of them added back onto the roster at some point.

2020-09-03   WPG   DEAN, Jhavonte   DB   A   Miami   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   CALDWELL, Joshua   RB   N   Northwest Missouri State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   GRANT, Doran   DB   A   Ohio State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   CROCKETT, Montay   WR   A   Georgia Southern   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, Raekwon   DB   N   Florida Atlantic   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, James   RB   N   Washington State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   ULIZIO, Nolan   OL   A   Pittsburgh   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-01   WPG   ROCQUEMORE, Jontrell   LB   N   Utah State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-31   WPG   MASTON, Mercy   LB   A   Boise State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-31   WPG   GRANT, Janarion   WR   A   Rutgers   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-28   WPG   RINGO, Christian   DL   A   Louisiana At Lafayette   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   DURAL, Travin   WR   N   Louisiana State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   JOHNSON, Isaiah   DB   N   South Carolina   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   HANSEN, Thiadric   LB   A      Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   LAWLER, Kenny   WR   A   California   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   TEXADA, Ranthony   DB   A   Texas Christian   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   LEWIS, Malcolm   WR   N   Miami   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   KENNEY, David   DL   N   Indiana   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   DORLEANT, Makinton   DB   A   Northern Iowa   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   ALEXANDER, Deontez   WR   N      Delete From Active   Free Agent

WR Kenny Lawler, WR/KR Janarion Grant, DL Thiadric Hansen and DB Mercy Maston are able to sign with other CFL teams starting Feb 9th.

Good chance we see most of this group re-signed. Since there is no XFL until 2022 their options are limited.

Haven't seen any of Lawler, Grant of Maston getting any new NFL chances? Would like all of them back as well as Hansen.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Leroy Brown on December 16, 2020, 07:02:24 PM
Would love to see Michael O'Conner get a shot as a #2 or 3 in Winnipeg.

Prior to MBT opting out it did not appear he was a high priority for the Argos. He needs to play soon. Could be a short yardage guy.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on December 17, 2020, 01:44:03 PM
Would love to see Michael O'Conner get a shot as a #2 or 3 in Winnipeg.

Prior to MBT opting out it did not appear he was a high priority for the Argos. He needs to play soon. Could be a short yardage guy.

I like O'Connor as well as a developmental project. I would sign him as a 3rd stringer but only if we have a rock solid number 2 QB signed. I love me a healthy Collaros, but with his injury history we better have a QB that's CFL ready to play behind him.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Leroy Brown on December 17, 2020, 04:10:06 PM
We'll see what they do for short yardage. O'Connor is 6'4"

Chris Merchant is another National QB along the same lines. 6'2". Believe he was trying to play in Europe recently.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on December 17, 2020, 05:37:24 PM
I like O'Connor as well as a developmental project. I would sign him as a 3rd stringer but only if we have a rock solid number 2 QB signed. I love me a healthy Collaros, but with his injury history we better have a QB that's CFL ready to play behind him.

I also have an interest in O'Conner and agree with the statements above.

Whether any QB aside from a rookie is affordable is more of a question. I'd expect a rookie to be available while on the PR and being developed. Any QB that has been on a CFL roster might need to be retained on the 1 game IR at full pay.

That might be not to much above ELC but certainly more than a player on the PR. CFL suggested to run a budget closer to SMS floor than ceiling. That makes these decisions a greater financial question.

I'm still not sure why the CFL changed the roster to dress 2 QB's instead of 3. Essentially they created AR roster space for the 1st global player last year by doing that.

McGuire stands a decent chance to return as the # 2 QB IMO. Going with pure rookies and # 2 and # 3 wouldn't be the best option.

It seemed nearly every starting CFL QB missed some time during 2019.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on December 17, 2020, 05:55:54 PM
I will put my money and faith into McGuire again this year. Big arm, runs well, has been with the organization.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on December 18, 2020, 05:45:12 PM
I also have an interest in O'Conner and agree with the statements above.

Whether any QB aside from a rookie is affordable is more of a question. I'd expect a rookie to be available while on the PR and being developed. Any QB that has been on a CFL roster might need to be retained on the 1 game IR at full pay.

That might be not to much above ELC but certainly more than a player on the PR. CFL suggested to run a budget closer to SMS floor than ceiling. That makes these decisions a greater financial question.

I'm still not sure why the CFL changed the roster to dress 2 QB's instead of 3. Essentially they created AR roster space for the 1st global player last year by doing that.

McGuire stands a decent chance to return as the # 2 QB IMO. Going with pure rookies and # 2 and # 3 wouldn't be the best option.

It seemed nearly every starting CFL QB missed some time during 2019.

If McGuire is back, O'Connor for SY is redundant. McGuire is an excellent SY QB.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Leroy Brown on December 18, 2020, 07:35:11 PM
McGuire might be a free agent given the 2020 year counted, assuming the usual ELC so only one year with the team. Got the nod ahead of Bryan Bennett for 2019 though who played special teams and also has a strong arm. Could have been money. 

Bennett is likely available and could come in handy with the 2 QB rule mentioned in an earlier post.

As far as a Canadian QB, Chase Claypool and a host of others are showing that Canadians are no longer second class athletes and can play at a high level when given the chance. Time the CFL gave some of these guys a chance imo. Hugo Richard is another.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on December 18, 2020, 07:41:04 PM
If McGuire is back, O'Connor for SY is redundant. McGuire is an excellent SY QB.

I wasn't suggesting O'Connor for SY. I just thought he might be capable of developing as a good QB given time.

McGuire didn't get many reps so whether he is capable for SY I can't say. Even determining whether he'll become a good # 2 QB is not really known. Perhaps those that have seen him more during TC and practice can weigh into that conversation.

I'm not exactly certain where or how you get you view he'd be a good SY QB. Perhaps from watching practice or college games. Regardless, skill as a SY QB is not near the top of what you want from your # 2 QB. A good thing to have but can he win games if needed?

My view is that he's been here and had time to learn the system etc, etc. We'll have a new OC so the system will change somewhat in 2021. It's not inconceivable that a rookie might create competition this TC.

All of this is the downside of not having 3QB's on the AR both in short term and long term development at the QB position.

Realistically McGuire would only be going into his 2nd CFL season. He might be the next Reilly or the 1st QB cut in TC.

I'm hoping he can show us he can become a good QB.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on December 18, 2020, 07:46:25 PM
McGuire might be a free agent given the 2020 year counted, assuming the usual ELC so only one year with the team. Got the nod ahead of Bryan Bennett for 2019 though who played special teams and also has a strong arm. Could have been money. 

Bennett is likely available and could come in handy with the 2 QB rule mentioned in an earlier post.

As far as a Canadian QB, Chase Claypool and a host of others are showing that Canadians are no longer second class athletes and can play at a high level when given the chance. Time the CFL gave some of these guys a chance imo. Hugo Richard is another.

McGuire is on the potential free agent list. Whether he even wants to come back or how much $$ he'll ask we'll see. Like every approaching TC we'll see who gets signed and wins roster spots.

I don't see Bennett as an option.

Re the Canadians and those going to the NFL. Sure a few players are having great NFL success. The entire Canadian QB question has been long discussed. Every off season in fact.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 18, 2020, 11:44:45 PM
Bombers GM forced to play Scrooge
Author of the article:
Paul Friesen

It's a painful exercise going on in CFL front offices across the country, but nobody else is in quite the same position as Winnipeg?s Kyle Walters.

The Blue Bomber GM's task: ask the same players who ended a 28-year championship drought in 2019 to take pay cuts.

Merry Christmas, everybody. Here's your lump of coal.

"It's a bit demoralizing," Walters said on a conference call, Thursday. "It's tough and demoralizing to look at the roster and all the guys that led us to a Grey Cup and how difficult it?s going to be to keep the core together."

Coming off a cancelled 2020 season, Walters received a budget from team president/CEO Wade Miller that calls for cuts of between $400,000 and $500,000 from the 2019 cap of $5.3 million.

The cash crunch is so real, he can't even address his massive, all-star list of pending free agents until he frees up some dough.

The only way to do that is ask franchise pillars like quarterback Zach Collaros, linebacker Adam Bighill and defensive end Willie Jefferson, all with contracts for next year, to restructure.

Walters didn't name names, but veterans with off-season bonuses in their deals, typically paid in early January or February, are his top priority.

"We're looking at all the options, and none of them are great," he said. "It's a lot of time and energy and not very pleasant phone calls with agents. The magnitude of this is different. Now instead of a couple of those decisions, we're looking at six, seven, eight, nine of those decisions. The number of them is a bit overwhelming."

After winning the Grey Cup, the Bombers signed Collaros, who went 4-0 as the starter, to a two-year deal that would have paid him some $450,000 per season.

Soon after that, Jefferson inked a two-year contract reportedly worth $250,000-plus.

In early 2019, the Bombers committed to paying Bighill a similar salary for three years.

Most of those types of contracts include significant signing and off-season bonuses, sometimes in the six figures.

In 2020, players earned only those bonuses, and no salaries.

"You have to look at every contract," Walters said. "The experienced guys that make the most money that are due off-season money are the conversations.

And that sets the domino effect... it depends on how much your big-time guys decide to do. Or what we can do."

It's a similar story around the league.

In Montreal, for instance, starting quarterback Vernon Adams agreed to free up some cash so the Alouettes could sign others.

Once Walters knows how much he'll be paying out in the next two months, the seven-year GM can tackle a free-agent list that on its own could make a decent run at a Grey Cup.

Running back Andrew Harris, O-linemen Stanley Bryant, Jermarcus Hardrick and Pat Neufeld, D-lineman Jackson Jeffcoat, safety Brandon Alexander, robo-kicker Justin Medlock - all are poised to hit the open market in February.

It wouldn't be a surprise to learn Walters' water bottle these days is laced with Alka Seltzer instead of Gatorade.

"We've got veteran guys that have been defensive players of the year and Grey Cup MVP's and linemen of the year - we've got some quality talent on our team that are veterans that have earned their high paycheques," he said.

"Until we get that off-season money figured out, the guys without off-season money will just have to wait."

The encouraging news, Walters says, is agents aren't just hanging up on him.

They understand the new reality.

There's also the matter of deciding which new Americans to sign, comparing last year's crop, who never did show up, to the new names on their negotiation list.

The size of the coaching staff, also under new budgetary constraints, is head coach Mike O'Shea?s department.

As for the free agent market, that's a big unknown, too. For players and GM's.

Will the league's high-end players get paid before they free up, restructure, or be cut loose?

"After going through a year without making a paycheque it behooves them to explore all options, and you can't blame them for that," Walters said. "There's a lot more uncertainty heading into free agency this year than ever before."

All for a 2021 campaign that remains tied to the thread of the pandemic.

One thing is certain: the reigning Grey Cup champs won't look the same whenever they start defending their title.

"We're doing our best," Walters said. "It's obviously a very, very different world."

https://winnipegsun.com/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-bluebombers/bombers-gm-forced-to-play-scrooge?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (https://winnipegsun.com/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-bluebombers/bombers-gm-forced-to-play-scrooge?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 18, 2020, 11:46:04 PM
Free Agency Update with GM Kyle Walters - Ed Tait

https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/17/free-agency-update-gm-kyle-walters/?spMailingID=6446830&spUserID=MjMzNjA0Mjk2NzA2S0&spJobID=1 (https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/17/free-agency-update-gm-kyle-walters/?spMailingID=6446830&spUserID=MjMzNjA0Mjk2NzA2S0&spJobID=1)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 18, 2020, 11:49:59 PM
Transactions:

2020-12-18   WPG   NEAL, Tyrone   LB   N   Auburn   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-12-18   WPG   MCCANTS, Tyre   WR   N   South Florida   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-12-18   WPG   CARPENTER, Shane   OL   N   Louisiana Tech   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-12-18   WPG   LYLES, Chris   DB   A   Mississippi College   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-12-18   WPG   KOLOAMATANGI, Meffy   DL   A   Hawaii   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-12-18   WPG   LAFRANCE, Royce   DL   N   Tulane   Delete From Active   Free Agent


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Leroy Brown on December 19, 2020, 07:47:43 AM
I don't see Bennett as an option.

I only mentioned Bennett as a potential special teamer that could play QB in a pinch if ever needed given the rule change.

Armanti Edwards is another who recently commented he is confident about playing QB.

I look forward to seeing how the 2 QB rule works out. Having only two makes a Collaros / McGuire combination a fairly bold move.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on December 19, 2020, 02:29:51 PM
I only mentioned Bennett as a potential special teamer that could play QB in a pinch if ever needed given the rule change.

Armanti Edwards is another who recently commented he is confident about playing QB.

I look forward to seeing how the 2 QB rule works out. Having only two makes a Collaros / McGuire combination a fairly bold move.



I agree with the idea in principle but not the decision you suggested. Import ST players are often DI's that are more likely to get actual playing time.

I can't see his skill value as either a QB or ST player that would justify him in that role. Add to that his salary compared to a probable DI could be quite a bit higher.

You'd have to look at our DI's in 2019 ( as an example ) and see his value over one he might have replaced.

In theory we're adding a 2nd global player in 2021. I've joking suggested in the past to find a cousin of Anthony Calvillo that plays QB / Receiver as the 2nd global player.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on December 24, 2020, 08:11:48 AM
Transactions:

2020-12-23   WPG   WILCOTS, Cedric   DL   A   New Mexico State   Add To   Active Roster
2020-12-23   WPG   JACKSON, Blake   WR   A   Mary Hardin-Baylor   Add To   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 04, 2021, 10:41:42 PM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH JERMARCUS HARDRICK


WINNIPEG, MB., December 30, 2020 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick to a one-year extension. Hardrick was scheduled to be a free agent in February.

Hardrick (6-5, 320, Nebraska, May 30, 1990 in Batesville, MS) will be entering his seventh CFL season in 2021, and fifth with Winnipeg. He has played in 67 games since joining the team prior to the 2016 season, including starting all 18 games and three playoff games at right tackle in 2019.

Hardrick is a mainstay on an offensive lineman that once blocked for the league's leading rusher in 2019, and all of his games dressed (67) with Winnipeg since signing with the club have been starts.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/30/blue-bombers-agree-terms-jermarcus-hardrick/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/30/blue-bombers-agree-terms-jermarcus-hardrick/)

HARDRICK SIGNS ON FOR ONE MORE YEAR
https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/30/hardrick-signs-one-year/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/30/hardrick-signs-one-year/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 04, 2021, 10:45:14 PM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH QUARTERBACK SEAN MCGUIRE

WINNIPEG, MB., December 31, 2020 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American quarterback Sean McGuire on a one-year extension. McGuire was scheduled to be a free agent in February.

McGuire (6-2, 220, Western Illinois) will be entering his second CFL season after signing with the Blue Bombers in May of 2019. He dressed for all 18 regular season games, and all postseason games during the 2019 Grey Cup winning season. McGuire saw action in two of those games - both against Calgary near the end of the regular season - completing two of three passes for 17 yards and rushing three times for 19 yards.

"It's really great to have Sean return for 2021,?=" said Offensive Coordinator Buck Pierce. "He's an extremely hard worker, has very high football IQ, and has all the physical tools to go along with that. I really believe he has a bright future in our league ahead of him."

He put up spectacular numbers during his time with the University of Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks, and left as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (9,819), passing touchdowns (72), completions (771) and attempts (1,291). His 9,819 passing yards ranks second all-time in the history of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. McGuire was named the school?s Male Senior Athlete of the Year in 2018 and was an Honorable Mention All-Missouri Valley Conference player in 2016 and 2017.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/31/blue-bombers-agree-terms-quarterback-sean-mcguire/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/31/blue-bombers-agree-terms-quarterback-sean-mcguire/)

MCGUIRE BACK ON BOARD
https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/31/mcguire-back-board/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2020/12/31/mcguire-back-board/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 04, 2021, 10:46:52 PM
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2021-01-04   WPG   ROBINSON, Prince   DB   A   Tarleton State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-04   WPG   MCGUIRE, Sean   QB   A   Western Illinois   Add To   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 04, 2021, 10:49:06 PM
LONGEST SERVING BLUE BOMBER JAKE THOMAS AGREES TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR EXTENSION

WINNIPEG, MB., January 4, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with Canadian defensive tackle Jake Thomas on a one-year contract extension. Thomas was scheduled to be a free agent next month, and will now return for his ninth season in Blue and Gold.

Thomas has recorded 114 defensive tackles, 18 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception in 137 games played throughout his eight seasons with Winnipeg. In 2019, Thomas recorded a career-best five sacks while also registering 22 defensive tackles and appearing in all 18 games and all three playoff games. Thomas was originally drafted by the Bombers 29th overall in the 2012 CFL Draft, and is the club's longest serving Blue Bomber.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/04/longest-serving-blue-bomber-jake-thomas-agrees-terms-one-year-extension/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/04/longest-serving-blue-bomber-jake-thomas-agrees-terms-one-year-extension/)

THOMAS DRIVEN TO GET BACK ON THE FIELD
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/04/thomas-driven-get-back-field/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/04/thomas-driven-get-back-field/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 05, 2021, 01:23:40 PM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH LINEMAN STANLEY BRYANT

WINNIPEG, MB., January 5, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with two-time CFL Most Outstanding Lineman Stanley Bryant to a one-year extension. Bryant was scheduled to become a free agent next month.

Bryant returns for his sixth season in Winnipeg after originally signing as a free agent in 2015. He had a stellar 2019 campaign, and for the third-straight season was named the West Division nominee for Most Outstanding Lineman. Playing in all 18 regular season games and all three postseason games in 2019, he was also named a league all-star for the third consecutive season - the fifth time in his career - as he anchored the left side of an offensive line that was part of the CFL's top rushing units once again.

Bryant, who was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman in 2017 and 2018, has started every game at left tackle since signing in February of 2015, boosting his consecutive games played streak to 101.

The ten-year CFL veteran spent his first five seasons in Calgary, is a two-time Grey Cup champion (Calgary in 2014, Winnipeg 2019) and has been named a CFL All-Star in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Bryant has started 156 CFL games, ten playoff games, and three Grey Cup games.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/05/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-lineman-stanley-bryant/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/05/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-lineman-stanley-bryant/)

BRYANT SIGNS ONE-YEAR EXTENSION

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/05/bryant-signs-one-year-extension/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/05/bryant-signs-one-year-extension/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 05, 2021, 10:32:35 PM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH RECEIVER NIC DEMSKI ON TWO-YEAR EXTENSION

WINNIPEG, MB., January 5, 2020 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with Winnipeg-born receiver Nic Demski on a two-year contract extension. Demski was scheduled to be a free agent in February.

Demski was busy in 2019, finishing the year with 44 receptions for 543 yards and three touchdowns in 17 games, adding another 147 yards rushing and two more scores. Those receiving numbers ranked him third on the club behind Kenny Lawler (637) and Darvin Adams (549).

The 27-year-old Winnipegger was especially dangerous in the Bombers' Grey Cup playoff run. Demski had three rushes for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Western Semi-Final victory over the Calgary Stampeders, six catches for 72 yards in the Western Final win in Saskatchewan and four receptions for 45 yards and one rush for 22 yards in the Grey Cup triumph over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Over his two seasons with Winnipeg, Demski has appeared in 34 games, all starts, and has 103 receptions for 1,097 yards and six touchdowns and rushed 60 times for 395 yards and three scores.

in five CFL seasons split between Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Demski has suited up for 74 games and has 172 career receptions for 1,822 yards and nine touchdowns along with 69 carries for 433 yards and three touchdowns. He has also proven to be adept on special teams, with a combined 1,564 yards on kickoff, punt and missed field goal returns.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/05/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-receiver-nic-demski-two-year-extension/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/05/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-receiver-nic-demski-two-year-extension/)

DEMSKI STAYING HOME
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/06/demski-staying-home-2/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/06/demski-staying-home-2/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 08, 2021, 07:41:52 AM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH GERMAN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN THIADRIC HANSEN ON ONE-YEAR EXTENSION

WINNIPEG, MB., January 5, 2021 -  The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the club has agreed to terms with Global defensive lineman Thiadric Hansen on a one-year contract extension.

Hansen (6-2, 243) returns to the Bombers after a solid Canadian Football League debut in 2019. He was drafted second overall by the club in the league's inaugural European Draft and became the face of the CF's global initiative, finishing the regular season with five tackles, one quarterback sack and two forced fumbles.

His role increased as the season progressed and he contributed with two memorable plays in the 2019 Grey Cup playoff run - a critical tackle on one of the two goal-line stands in the Western Final win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders and then a colossal hit on a kickoff return in the Grey Cup that levelled two Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Looking to keep honing his skills, Hansen was released from his contract with the Bombers last August after the cancellation of the CFL's 2020 season. He then signed with the Wroclaw Panthers of Poland's Liga Futbou Amerykanskiego and helped his squad capture a title with a victory over the Bialystok Lowlanders in the final. For his efforts Hansen was a unanimous selection to the American Football International's 'All-Pandemic Team.'

Prior to being drafted by the Bombers, the Flensburg, Germany product had played for both the Potsdam Royals and the Baltic Hurricanes in the German Football League.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/06/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-german-defensive-lineman-thiadric-hansen-one-year-extension/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/06/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-german-defensive-lineman-thiadric-hansen-one-year-extension/)

HANSEN READY TO RETURN TO CANADA IN 2021
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/06/hansen-ready-return-canada-2021/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/06/hansen-ready-return-canada-2021/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 08, 2021, 07:45:16 AM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR EXTENSION WITH SPECIAL TEAMS ACE MIKE MILLER

WINNIPEG, MB., January 7, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with Canadian fullback Mike Miller on a one-year contract extension.

He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Miller (6-0, 218, Acadia; born: March 15, 1989 in Riverview, NB) returns to the Blue Bombers for a fourth season after initially joining the team as a free agent in 2017.

A respected leader on and off the field, Miller is one of the Canadian Football League's best special-teams players and is coming off a superb 2019 season with the Bombers. He finished tied for first in special-teams tackles with Kerfalla Exume with 25, ranking second in the CFL to Frank Beltre of the Toronto Argonauts, who had 27.

In the process Miller moved past Bombers President and CEO Wade Miller into second place on the CFL's all-time special-teams tackles list with 185. He now trails former B.C. Lion Jason Arakgi, the all-time leader, who finished his career with 190 special-teams tackles.

Miller was recognized for his work in 2019, having been selected to both the West Division and CFL Players' Association All-Star Teams and was the West Division's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, finishing as the runner-up for the league award to Frankie Williams of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In addition, he was named the Bombers Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.

During a win over Ottawa on July 5th, Miller tied a CFL record with seven special-teams tackles. That record is shared by seven players, including former Bomber Brendan Rogers, who first set the record in 1994.

Miller signed with the Bombers in 2017 after spending the first six years of his CFL career in Edmonton, first landing there as an undrafted free agent. He has not missed a single game in three seasons with Winnipeg and has 69 special-teams tackles in 54 games with the Bombers.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/07/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extension-special-teams-ace-mike-miller/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/07/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extension-special-teams-ace-mike-miller/)

SPECIAL TEAMS ACE MILLER RETURNS IN BLUE & GOLD
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/07/special-teams-ace-miller-returns-blue-gold/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/07/special-teams-ace-miller-returns-blue-gold/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 08, 2021, 07:52:16 AM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSIVE BACKS MERCY MASTON AND NICK TAYLOR

WINNIPEG, MB., January 7, 2021 -  The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year extension with American defensive back Nick Taylor and signed American defensive back Mercy Maston to a one-year contract.

Maston became a free agent after asking for his release to pursue NFL opportunities late last August following the cancellation of the Canadian Football League's 2020 season. He originally signed with Winnipeg as a free agent on August 4, 2019. He was then signed to a one-year extension on December 9, 2019.

Lining up at both defensive halfback and the 'dime' position, Maston appeared in three regular season games and all three playoff contests during the Grey Cup run of 2019, registering 13 tackles, one interception and one sack.

Prior to joining the Bombers, he played two seasons with the Edmonton Football Team (2017-18), recording 57 tackles and two interceptions in 19 games. He was released to pursue NFL opportunities in January of 2019 and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Taylor returns to the Blue Bombers for a second season after initially joining the team in 2019.

He started the 2019 season with Edmonton and dressed for three games before being released. Added by the Bombers for veteran depth, Taylor would play an instrumental role in helping solidify the secondary in the team?s Grey Cup run.

He made his first start for the Bombers on October 5th in Saskatchewan and was a fixture for the final four regular season games and three playoff contests. Over that span, he amassed five tackles, an interception for a touchdown, and one pass knockdown. He stepped up his play even further in the playoffs, registering seven tackles, one interception and two pass knockdowns.

Taylor's first experience in the CFL came with the Ottawa RedBlacks in 2016, appearing in 17 games over the '16-17 seasons. He signed with Edmonton as a free agent in 2018 and started 15 games that year.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/07/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extensions-defensive-backs-mercy-maston-nick-taylor/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/07/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extensions-defensive-backs-mercy-maston-nick-taylor/)

TAYLOR, MASTON RETURN TO THE SECONDARY
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/07/taylor-maston-return-secondary/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/07/taylor-maston-return-secondary/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 08, 2021, 08:02:56 AM
Transactions:

2021-01-07   WPG   MILLER, Mike   FB   N   Acadia   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-07   WPG   TAYLOR, Nicholas   DB   N   Florida International   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-07   WPG   BOCKRU, Mathias   WR   A   Manitoba   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-07   WPG   THOMAS, Jake   DL   N   Acadia   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-07   WPG   LIEGGHIO, Marc   K   N      Add From Draft   Active Roster
2021-01-07   WPG   HOUGHRON, Zach   DT   A   Wilfrid Laurier   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-07   WPG   HALLETT, Noah   DB   N      Add From Draft   Active Roster
2021-01-07   WPG   DHEILLY, Nicholas   DL   N      Add From Draft   Active Roster
2021-01-07   WPG   GASKILL-CADWALLADER, Tanner   LB   N   Wilfrid Laurier   Add From Draft   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 08, 2021, 03:21:27 PM
When are they going to actually update the roster on CFL.CA? It's hard to see exactly where we are with all the transactions going on across the CFL.

The tempo of re-signing or announcing re-signings about potential free agents is quickly increasing.

Good work Walters.  That said I'm waiting to hear about re-signings on a few specific players that IMO are absolute key players.

Alexander, Jeffcoat,, Medlock, Neufeld, and Harris.

EDIT: Jeffcoat re-signed today along with Gray, Gauthier and Antigha.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on January 08, 2021, 06:10:24 PM
Jeffcoat is easily our most under rated player. Glad to see him back.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: blue_or_die on January 08, 2021, 06:15:18 PM
Jeffcoat is easily our most under rated player. Glad to see him back.

100%

The pieces are falling into place...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on January 08, 2021, 06:17:06 PM
Jeffcoat is easily our most under rated player. Glad to see him back.

Wow, I didn't know we signed Jeffcoat. Nice.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on January 08, 2021, 06:38:20 PM
I see Antigha, Gray, and Gauthier, have all signed.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 08, 2021, 08:58:01 PM
Bombers sign 2020 CFL Draft selections DB Noah Hallett, K/P Marc Liegghio
By John Hodge  - January 7, 2021

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have inked two of their top picks from the 2020 CFL Draft in defensive back Noah Hallett and kicker/punter Marc Liegghio.

Hallett
was selected at the bottom of the second round with Winnipeg's first pick in the draft. He was 3DownNation's third-ranked defensive back and No. 23 prospect overall.

The McMaster product is an athletic freak who recorded a 44-inch vertical jump at the 2019 East-West Bowl. He was named a second-team All-Canadian in 2019 at halfback, but should move to safety at the CFL level.

Hallett is the younger brother of Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defensive back Nick Hallett, who recorded 13 special teams tackles and one forced fumble as a rookie in 2019.

Liegghio was a fifth-round selection who holds the all-time U Sports record for most career field goals following a prolific four years at Western University. He was named a U Sports first-team All-Canadian in 2019 as both placekicker and punter.

The native of Woodbridge, Ont. connected on 115-of-137 career field goal attempts (83.9 percent) with a long of 50 yards. He also averaged 47.5 yards per punt in his final year with the Mustangs.

https://3downnation.com/2021/01/07/bombers-sign-2020-cfl-draft-selections-db-noah-hallett-k-p-marc-liegghio/ (https://3downnation.com/2021/01/07/bombers-sign-2020-cfl-draft-selections-db-noah-hallett-k-p-marc-liegghio/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 08, 2021, 09:03:15 PM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH WINNIPEG-BORN LINEMAN GEOFF GRAY, LINEBACKERS SHAYNE GAUTHIER AND TOBI ANTIGHA

WINNIPEG, MB., January 8, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms on a one-year extensions with national offensive lineman Geoff Gray, national linebacker Shayne Gauthier and American linebacker Tobi Antigha. All three players were pending free agents next month.

Gray will be entering his second full season with Winnipeg after originally being drafted in the first round, 8th overall, by the Blue Bombers in the 2017 CFL Draft. After stints in the NFL, he first joined the club in October of 2018.

He dressed for 13 games in 2019, making 12 starts at guard before Pat Neufeld's return from injury. Gray opened the 2019 season at right guard, a position he held through to the Banjo Bowl in September. He spent the last five weeks of the regular season on the injured list and was on the roster for Western Final.

Gray was a star during his days at the University of Manitoba. He was named the Canada West Outstanding Down Lineman of the Year in 2017, a Canadian University First-Team All-Star, as well as a Canada West All-Star. He started in 30 of his 32 games played with Manitoba as well six playoff games playing both guard and tackle.

Gauthier has spent the past four seasons with Winnipeg after being selected in the fourth round, 28th overall by Winnipeg in the 2016 CFL Draft. He has appeared in 49 games, making 40 special teams tackles and recording one forced fumble.

Antigha originally signed with Winnipeg in February of 2020. The product of Tampa, Fl. played in 11 games with the Argos in 2019, finishing with 20 tackles and two interceptions.

Prior to joining Toronto, he played in 35 games over two years with the Riders, registering 51 tackles, seven sacks and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. In 2017 he was named Saskatchewan's Most Outstanding Rookie. He played his college ball with the Presbyterian College Blue Hose of the Big South Conference, lining up for four years as a receiver and finishing with 105 receptions in his junior and senior season.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/08/blue-bombers-agree-terms-winnipeg-born-lineman-geoff-gray-linebackers-shayne-gauthier-tobi-antigha/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/08/blue-bombers-agree-terms-winnipeg-born-lineman-geoff-gray-linebackers-shayne-gauthier-tobi-antigha/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 08, 2021, 09:06:15 PM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSIVE END JACKSON JEFFCOAT ON A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION

WINNIPEG, MB., January 08, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat on a one-year contract extension. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Jeffcoat (6-3, 253, Texas; born: December 29, 1991 in Dallas, TX) returns to the Blue Bombers for a fourth season after initially joining the team in 2017. Jeffcoat appeared in 12 regular season games in 2019 as an injury cost him a third of the campaign. He had five sacks, 23 tackles and two forced fumbles in those 12 games and then capped his season with some superb work in the playoff run to the Grey Cup championship.

In three playoff games, Jeffcoat was a difference maker especially in the Grey Cup where he registered four tackles, a tackle for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. In 40 games over his three seasons in Winnipeg, Jeffcoat has 80 tackles, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception.

The son of Dallas Cowboys/Buffalo Bills great Jim Jeffcoat, Jackson played his college ball at Texas and in his 2013 senior season he was a Consensus All-American, the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Big 12. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and then joined the Washington Football Team. He appeared in nine games with Washington, making one start over the 2014-15 season and finished with one sack, an interception and four tackles. He spent time with the Cleveland Browns in 2016 before coming to the Bombers a year later.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/08/blue-bombers-agree-terms-defensive-end-jackson-jeffcoat-one-year-extension/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/08/blue-bombers-agree-terms-defensive-end-jackson-jeffcoat-one-year-extension/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on January 08, 2021, 09:26:26 PM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSIVE END JACKSON JEFFCOAT ON A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION

WINNIPEG, MB., January 08, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat on a one-year contract extension. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Jeffcoat (6-3, 253, Texas; born: December 29, 1991 in Dallas, TX) returns to the Blue Bombers for a fourth season after initially joining the team in 2017. Jeffcoat appeared in 12 regular season games in 2019 as an injury cost him a third of the campaign. He had five sacks, 23 tackles and two forced fumbles in those 12 games and then capped his season with some superb work in the playoff run to the Grey Cup championship.

In three playoff games, Jeffcoat was a difference maker especially in the Grey Cup where he registered four tackles, a tackle for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. In 40 games over his three seasons in Winnipeg, Jeffcoat has 80 tackles, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception.

The son of Dallas Cowboys/Buffalo Bills great Jim Jeffcoat, Jackson played his college ball at Texas and in his 2013 senior season he was a Consensus All-American, the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Big 12. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and then joined the Washington Football Team. He appeared in nine games with Washington, making one start over the 2014-15 season and finished with one sack, an interception and four tackles. He spent time with the Cleveland Browns in 2016 before coming to the Bombers a year later.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/08/blue-bombers-agree-terms-defensive-end-jackson-jeffcoat-one-year-extension/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/08/blue-bombers-agree-terms-defensive-end-jackson-jeffcoat-one-year-extension/)

I hate one year contracts. I understand why they are happening more this year then any other, but they still suck.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 08, 2021, 09:37:16 PM
I hate one year contracts. I understand why they are happening more this year then any other, but they still suck.
Yeah, out of 13 re-signings only Demski has signed for 2 years.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 08, 2021, 10:43:50 PM
Transactions:

2021-01-08   WPG   JEFFCOAT, Jackson   DL   A   Texas   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-08   WPG   HARDRICK, Jermarcus   OL   A   Nebraska   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-08   WPG   ADAMS, Darvin   WR   A   Auburn   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-08   WPG   ADAMS, Darvin   WR   A   Auburn   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-01-08   WPG   MASTON, Mercy   LB   A   Boise State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-08   WPG   GRAYSON, Davon   WR   A   East Carolina   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-08   WPG   SAYLES, Casey   DL   A   Ohio   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-08   WPG   CROCKETT, Montay   WR   A   Georgia Southern   Add To   Active Roster -was previously released to try out for NFL
2021-01-08   WPG   ULIZIO, Nolan   OL   A   Pittsburgh   Add To   Active Roster -was previously released to try out for NFL
2021-01-08   WPG   CALDWELL, Joshua   RB   N   Northwest Missouri State   Add To   Active Roster -was previously released to try out for NFL
2021-01-08   WPG   ANTIGHA, Tobi   LB   A   Presbyterian College   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-08   WPG   GRAY, Geoff   OL   N   Manitoba   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-08   WPG   GAUTHIER, Shayne   LB   N   Laval   Add To   Active Roster

Darvin appears to have re-worked his contract, he had 2 years remaining.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 09, 2021, 05:16:26 AM
When are they going to actually update the roster on CFL.CA? It's hard to see exactly where we are with all the transactions going on across the CFL.

The tempo of re-signing or announcing re-signings about potential free agents is quickly increasing.

Good work Walters.  That said I'm waiting to hear about re-signings on a few specific players that IMO are absolute key players.

Alexander, Jeffcoat,, Medlock, Neufeld, and Harris.

EDIT: Jeffcoat re-signed today along with Gray, Gauthier and Antigha.

The team could also update their website with the current roster. It's so outdated as it stands.

Also the team isn't announcing all their transactions (only the re-signings).

Since mid-December the team has released 6 rookies, signed 8 American rookies, signed 4 draft picks and 2 National rookies.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 09, 2021, 01:19:25 PM
When are they going to actually update the roster on CFL.CA? It's hard to see exactly where we are with all the transactions going on across the CFL.

By the way, I've update the Bomber's roster on the 1st page of this thread:

Current roster:

                                                                                                                 Contract length                Salary
Zach Collaros -8                  QB   A   re-signed Jan 27 2020                                     2021                        500 000   
Sean McGuire - 12               QB   A   re-signed Dec 31 2020                                     2021
Dru Brown                          QB   A   signed Mar 11 2020                                         2021
Dalton Sneed                      QB   A   signed Mar 30 2020                                         2021 

Andrew Harris -33             RB   N   extended May 20 2018                               
Johnny Augustine -27          RB   N   re-signed Dec 27 2019                                      2021
Brady Oliveira -20               RB   N   signed May 13 2019                                          2021
Joshua Caldwell                  RB   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                            2021   2022
Mike Miller -24                    FB   N   re-signed Jan 7 20 2021                                    2021                                       
John Rush -32                   FB   N   re-signed Jan 4 2019                                         

Darvin Adams -1                WR   A   re-signed Feb 9 2020                                        2021   2022             140 000             
Charles Nelson -6               WR   A   re-signed Jan 23 2020                                      2021                                   
Lucky Whitehead -7         WR   A   signed May 9 2019                                   
Rasheed Bailey -88          WR   A   re-signed April 29 2019   
Isaiah Harper                    WR   A   signed to FC  Oct 31 2019                                  2021
Ardarius Stewart               WR   A   signed to FC Nov 13 2019                                   2021
Kayaune Ross                   WR   A   signed Dec 20 2019                                           2021   
Travis Rudolph                  WR   A   signed Dec 20 2019                                           2021
Mekale McKay                   WR   A   signed June 11 2020                                          2021
Alonzo Russell                   WR   A   signed July 3 2020                                             2021
Blake Jackson                   WR   A   signed Dec 23 2020                                           2021   2022
Davon Grayson                 WR   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                              2021   2022
Montay Crockett               WR   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                              2021   2022
Drew Wolitarsky -82          WR   N   re-signed Dec 15 2019                                        2021                                           
Nic Demski -10                 WR   N   re-signed Jan 2021                                             2021   2022                                           
Daniel Petermann -81      WR   N   signed May 14 2018                                             
Julian Feoli-Gudino - 83   WR   N   signed Feb 5 2020 
Mathias Bocku                  WR   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                              2021   2022
                                                                     
Stanley Bryant -66           OL   A   re-signed Jan 5 2021                                           2021                                             
Jermarcus Hardrick -51      OL   A   re-signed Dec 30 2020                                         2021
Kevin Lawrence                OL   A   signed Feb 3 2020                                               2021
Nolan Ulizio                      OL   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                               2021   2022
Patrick Neufeld -53         OL   N   re-signed Dec 10 2019                                                               
Michael Couture  -59         OL   N   re-signed Feb 10 2020                                         2021                                             
Geoff Gray-68                  OL   N   re-signed Jan 8 2021                                           2021                               
Cody Speller -62            OL   N   signed Oct 30 2018                                                                                 
Drew Desjarlais -61          OL   N   signed May 15 2019                                             2021     
Asotui Eli -67                  OL   N   signed May 13 2019                                             2021                                             
Chris Kolankowski             OL   N   signed Feb 6 2020                                               2021     

Justin Medlock -9            K   A   re-signed Jan 7 2019   
Marc Liegghio                   K   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                                2021   2022                                               
Chad Rempel -46           LS   N   re-signed Jan 9 2019                                       
Maxime Latour -58        LS   N   signed Sept 4 2019     

Ezekiel Rose                    DT   A   signed to FC Nov 2 2019                                     2021                                     
Jake Thomas -95             DT   N   re-signed Jan 4 2021                                           2021   
Zach Houghron                DT   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                              2021   2022                                       
Jackson Jeffcoat -94        DE   A   re-signed Jan 8 2021                                           2021                                     
Willie Jefferson -5            DE   A   re-signed Feb 10 2020                                         2021                    260 000
Justin Alexandre              DE   A   signed Jan 13 2020                                             2021
Alex McCalister - 90         DE   A   signed Jan 20 2020                                             2021
Steven Richardson -98   DL   A   signed May 18 2019                                             
Patrick Choudja               DL   A   signed to FC Oct 10 2019                                    2021
Cedric Wilcots                 DL   A   signed Dec 23 2020                                            2021   2022
Casey Sayles                  DL   A   signed Jan 8 2021                                              2021   2022
Connor Griffiths -91         DL   N   signed May 13 2019         
Thiadric Hansen              DL   G   re-signed Jan 5 2021                                           2021   
Nicholas Dheilly               DL   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                               2021   2022                                 

Adam Bighill -4                LB   A   re-signed Jan 15 2019                                         2021                    250 000
Kyrie Wilson -19            LB   A   re-signed Feb 5 2019                                                           
Sam Williams                   LB   A   signed to FC Oct 2 2019                                      2021
Mason Moe                     LB   A   signed to FC Nov 6 2019                                      2021
Otha Peters                    LB   A   signed Dec 11 2019                                             2021
Dylan Donahue                LB   A   signed Jan 9 2020                                               2021
Tobi Antigha                   LB   A   re-signed Jan 8 2021                                           2021                                             
Micah Awe                     LB   A   signed Feb 18 2020                                             2021
Jesse Briggs -34            LB   N   re-signed Dec 17 2018                                         
Shayne Gauthier -44         LB   N   re-signed Jan 8 2021                                          2021                                         
Brandon Calver -43        LB   N   signed Sept 6 2019                                           
Thomas Miles - 24          LB   N   signed Feb 11 2020 
T Gaskill-Cadwallader        LB   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                              2021   2022           
 
Brandon Alexander -37   DB   A   re-signed Feb 12 2019   
Josh Johnson - 0            DB   A   signed Feb 11 2020             
Nick Taylor -25                 DB   A   re-signed Jan 7 2021                                        2021                                                             
Mike Jones -16                 DB   A   signed April 29 2019                                         2021                                       
Demerio Houston               DB   A   signed to FC Oct 20 2019                                  2021
Joshua Allen                     DB   A   signed to FC Nov 2  2019                                  2021
Malik Boynton                   DB   A   signed Dec 13 2019                                         2021
Clifton Duck                     DB   A   signed Dec 23 2019                                          2021
Dexter McDougle               DB   A   signed Feb 6 2020                                           2021     
Dee Alford                       DB   A   signed Feb 10 2020                                          2021   
Josh Miller                       DB   A   signed Feb 14 2020                                          2021
Jamalcolm Liggins             DB   A   signed Feb 20 2020                                          2021 
Damian Swann                 DB   A   signed Mar 17 2020                                          2021   
Terrence Alexander           DB   A   signed May 22 2020                                         2021 
Prince Robinson                DB   A   signed Jan 4 2021                                            2021   2022
Mercy Maston                  DB   A   signed Jan 7 2021                                            2021
Nick Hallett -21                DB   N   signed May 10 2019                                         2021                                           
Kerfalla Exume -41         DB   N   signed May 13 2019                                         
Noah Hallett                    DB   N   signed Jan 7 2021                                            2021   2022

BOLD
- pending free agent


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 09, 2021, 02:02:25 PM
QUARTERBACK ZACH COLLAROS AGREES TO RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT FOR 2021

WINNIPEG, MB., January 09, 2021  -  The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with quarterback Zach Collaros on a restructured contract.

Signed to a two-year extension in late January a year ago, Collaros agreed to this restructuring as part of his commitment to the Bombers for the 2021 season.

Collaros (6-0, 219, Cincinnati; born: August 27, 1988 in Stuebenville, OH) was acquired by the Bombers in a deal with the Toronto Argonauts at the Canadian Football League trade deadline on October 9, 2019. The Bombers acquired Collaros and a fifth-round selection in the 2020 CFL Draft (used to select kicker Marc Liegghio) for first and third-round picks in the same draft.

The veteran quarterback capped a tumultuous 2019 season with a storybook ending in Winnipeg, helping lead the Bombers to the Grey Cup championship. He started four games in blue and gold - one regular season contest and three in the playoffs - to post a perfect 4-0 record behind centre.

In his four games as a Bomber, he completed 67 of 97 pass attempts (69.1 percent) for 851 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He had opened the 2019 season as the starting quarterback of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but was injured in the first game and was later traded to Toronto for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2020. He did not see any action with the Argonauts before being traded to Winnipeg.

In 91 career regular season games with Toronto (2012-13) Hamilton (2014-17), Saskatchewan (2018-19) and Winnipeg (2019), Collaros has posted a 35-32 won-lost record as a starting quarterback. He ranks 43rd on the CFL's all-time passing yardage list with 16,979 yards with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 92:52. He was twice named the Tiger-Cats Most Outstanding Player (2014, 2015).

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/09/quarterback-zach-collaros-agrees-restructured-contract-2021/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/09/quarterback-zach-collaros-agrees-restructured-contract-2021/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 09, 2021, 02:09:00 PM
I was under the impression Josh Johnson retired?  The new list above of potential free agents is down to 20 and seems close to currently accurate. Its a bit different than the CFL.CA list which includes Lawler and Grant.





Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 09, 2021, 02:14:38 PM
I was under the impression Josh Johnson retired?  The new list above of potential free agents is down to 20 and seems close to currently accurate. Its a bit different than the CFL.CA list which includes Lawler and Grant.




Ed Tait mixed up Josh with Jovon Johnson (who signed a one day contract then retired).

Tait later updated his article to indicate Josh has not retired.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 09, 2021, 02:53:22 PM
In any case we're quickly reducing the number of potential free agents. Josh Johnson had signed a 1 year deal to play in 2020. I suppose he may do the same for 2021.

I'm expecting about 7 of the potential free agents not to return or be offered new deals. I don't expect to lose anybody we want to keep. Those are a bit of conflicting feeling I have at the moment.

Mostly it will just be a personal mental score I'll be watching to see how close my guesses turn out.

Walters has been doing a very good job with what has been done so far.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 10, 2021, 12:22:23 AM
Restructuring contract with Bombers was 'an easy decision' for QB Zach Collaros
By John Hodge -January 9, 2021

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers restructured the contract of franchise quarterback Zach Collaros, bringing his cap hit down for the 2021 season.

As per 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, Collaros will now earn $410,000 in hard money this season with $180,000 coming in the form of a signing bonus. He was originally set to make $450,000 plus potential playtime incentives which could have totaled $50,000.

https://3downnation.com/2021/01/09/zach-collaros-happy-to-renegotiate-contract-with-bombers/ (https://3downnation.com/2021/01/09/zach-collaros-happy-to-renegotiate-contract-with-bombers/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 11, 2021, 10:55:03 PM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR EXTENSION WITH SAFETY BRANDON ALEXANDER

WINNIPEG, MB., January 11, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American defensive back Brandon Alexander on a one-year contract extension. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Alexander (6-0, 198, Central Florida; born: September 27, 1993 in Orlando, FL) returns to the Bombers for a fourth season after originally signing with the club in 2017.

Alexander has transformed into a respected leader and veteran presence over his three years and 39 regular season games with the Bombers. He was limited to 10 games in 2019 due to injury, but played a pivotal role in the team?s run to the Grey Cup, especially after being shifted from defensive halfback to the safety position later in the season.

He registered five tackles in the Western Semi-Final win over the Calgary Stampeders, had a forced fumble in the Western Final victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders and then a tone-setting interception in the first quarter of the Grey Cup win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Selected as the Bombers Most Outstanding Rookie in 2017, Alexander has 126 tackles, four interceptions - including one for a touchdown - and four forced fumbles in his days in Winnipeg.

A walk-on at Central Florida, he was twice nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy - awarded annually to the college football player who began his career as a walk-on player.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/11/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extension-safety-brandon-alexander/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/11/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extension-safety-brandon-alexander/)

ALEXANDER FEELING COMFORTABLE, AT HOME IN WINNIPEG

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/11/alexander-feeling-comfortable-home-winnipeg/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/11/alexander-feeling-comfortable-home-winnipeg/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 11, 2021, 10:57:19 PM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS ADD TWO TO ROSTER

WINNIPEG, MB., January 11, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the team has signed Winnipeg-born receiver  Macho Bockru and National defensive tackle Zach Houghron.

Bockru (6-2, 195, Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB) was a Canada West All Star in 2019 after leading the Bisons in receiving yards with 493 on 34 receptions, a total that ranked fifth in the conference. Bockru, a product of Dakota Collegiate and the Winnipeg Rifles, also had five touchdowns, which led Canada West and was tied for fourth in the nation.

Houghron (6-3, 258, Wilfrid Laurier, Toronto, ON) appeared in 22 games over four years with the Golden Hawks. He had two sacks, 7.5 tackles and two pass knockdowns in seven games in 2019.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/11/winnipeg-blue-bombers-add-two-roster/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/11/winnipeg-blue-bombers-add-two-roster/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 11, 2021, 11:01:58 PM
CFL'S MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER WILLIE JEFFERSON AGREES TO RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT FOR 2021

WINNIPEG, MB., January 11, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with defensive end Willie Jefferson on a restructured contract.

Signed to a two-year extension in February a year ago, Jefferson agreed to this restructuring as part of his commitment to the Bombers for the 2021 season.

Jefferson authored the best of his six-year Canadian Football League career in 2019. In his first year as a Blue Bomber, he posted a career-best 12 quarterback sacks, set a new CFL record for pass knockdowns by a defensive lineman with 16 (best in the league), while also leading the CFL with six forced fumbles and adding 24 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Jefferson was also dominant in the 107th Grey Cup, registering three sacks and two forced fumbles as the Bombers captured their 11th championship in franchise history. For his efforts, Jefferson was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the first time in his career and was also named a CFL All-Star and West Division All-Star for the third consecutive season as well as being named the Blue Bombers' Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2019.

The 2021 season with be Jefferson's seventh in the CFL after spending 2014-15 with the Edmonton Eskimos and 2016-18 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The veteran lineman has appeared in 94 regular season games, registering 43 sacks, 151 tackles, three career interceptions and touchdowns, and 12 forced fumbles.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/11/cfls-outstanding-defensive-player-willie-jefferson-agrees-restructured-contract-2021/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/11/cfls-outstanding-defensive-player-willie-jefferson-agrees-restructured-contract-2021/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 11, 2021, 11:04:11 PM
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2021-01-11   WPG   WILLIAMS, Raekwon   DB   N   Florida Atlantic   Add To   Active Roster - was previously released to try out for NFL
2021-01-11   WPG   COX, Demetrious   DB   A   Michigan State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-11   WPG   DORA, Vontarrius   DL   A   Louisiana Tech   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-11   WPG   DESJARLAIS, Drew   OL   N   Windsor   Add To   Active Roster *
2021-01-11   WPG   DESJARLAIS, Drew   OL   N   Windsor   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-01-11   WPG   GRIFFITHS, Connor   DL   N   UBC   Add To   Active Roster *
2021-01-11   WPG   GRIFFITHS, Connor   DL   N   UBC   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-01-11   WPG   ALEXANDER, Brandon   DB   A   Central Florida   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-11   WPG   COLLAROS, Zach   QB   A   Cincinnati   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-11   WPG   COLLAROS, Zach   QB   A   Cincinnati   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-01-11   WPG   BRYANT, Stanley   OL   A   East Carolina   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-11   WPG   DEMSKI, Nic   WR   N   Manitoba   Add To   Active Roster

* Desjarlais and Griffiths reworked their contracts


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 12, 2021, 10:22:57 PM
Blue Bombers sign 2020 CFL Draft selections

WINNIPEG, MB., January 12, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with four members of its 2020 Canadian Football League Draft class in defensive back Noah Hallett, kicker Marc Liegghio, defensive lineman Nick Dheilly and linebacker Tanner Cadwallader.

Hallett (6-0, 190, McMaster, in London, ON) was the Bombers' first pick in the 2020 draft, selected 18thoverall. Hallett spent three seasons at McMaster, playing in 23 games and recording 68.5 total tackles, four tackles for loss, 15 pass breakups, seven interceptions, three sacks and one forced fumble. Noah is the brother of current Blue Bomber and 2019 CFL Draft selection, Nick Hallett, who made 13 special teams tackles and played in every game for the Blue Bombers in 2019.

Liegghio
(5-7, 189, Western University, in Woodbridge, ON) was selected in the fifth round, 39th overall. He played four years at Western University, leading all U Sports punters in 2019 with a 47.5 yard punt average, setting a new OUA record. Liegghio also lead the league in extra points made (31) and total kickoff yardage (1,757) and finished with a 92% field goal percentage.

Dheilly
(6-4, 210, Saskatchewan, in Regina, SK) was drafted in the fifth round by the Bombers, 46th overall. He spent three seasons with the Regina Rams before transferring to the University of Saskatchewan. In 2016 while with the Rams, Dheilly was named the Canada West Rookie of the Year after registering 17 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, an interception, and a pass breakup as well as finishing in a tie for second in Canada West with four sacks. In 2017, he was named a Canada West All-Star, finishing second in Canada West with 6.5 sacks, which tied the school record, and led the conference with 9.5 tackles for loss and also tied for the Canada West lead with three forced fumbles. Dheilly spent the 2018 season with the Okanagan Sun before joining the Huskies in 2019.

Cadwallader (5-11, 215, Wilfrid Laurier, Georgetown, ON) was selected in the seventh round, 64th overall. He spent three seasons at Wilfrid Laurier, appearing in 13 games over that span. He played the 2019 season with the London Beefeaters (CJFL), appearing in eight regular season games and registering 22 unassisted tackles, two assisted tackles and two sacks. He also recorded three interceptions - one of which he returned for a touchdown.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/12/blue-bombers-sign-four-2020-draft-selections/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/12/blue-bombers-sign-four-2020-draft-selections/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 12, 2021, 10:26:55 PM
Bombers' reigning CFL MODP Willie Jefferson accepts $50,000-plus pay cut

The CFL's reigning Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Jefferson took a sizeable hit to his salary.

According to TSN reporter Farhan Lalji, Jefferson agreed to a restructured contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers that will pay him $205,000 in 2021 after he was was originally due to make $260,000.

When Jefferson signed a two-year extension last February with Winnipeg and it was worth over $500,000 total. However, due to teams around the league spending to the salary cap floor instead of the ceiling, players are feeling the financial crunch.

Jefferson posted a career-high 12 sacks, forced six fumbles and knocked down a CFL single-season record 16 passes in 2019. He also added 24 tackles, five tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one interception. The 29-year-old was named a CFL all-star for the third straight season.

The six-foot-seven, 245-pound defensive lineman was a one-man wrecking crew in the 2019 Grey Cup, recording three sacks and forcing two fumbles to help the Blue Bombers upset Hamilton 33-12, hoisting the big silver trophy for the first time in 29 years.

https://3downnation.com/2021/01/12/bombers-reigning-cfl-modp-willie-jefferson-accepts-50000-plus-pay-cut/ (https://3downnation.com/2021/01/12/bombers-reigning-cfl-modp-willie-jefferson-accepts-50000-plus-pay-cut/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 12, 2021, 10:28:34 PM
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2021-01-12   WPG   AUGUSTINE, Johnny   RB   N   Guelph   Add To   Active Roster  *
2021-01-12   WPG   AUGUSTINE, Johnny   RB   N   Guelph   Delete From Active   Free Agent

* restructured contract


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on January 13, 2021, 08:23:19 PM
Kyrie Wilson signs a 2 year contract extension with the Bombers. 2019 he played 18 games, made 63 tackles, 4 STT, 3 Sacks, 1 INT, 1TD.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 14, 2021, 05:49:01 PM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH LINEBACKER KYRIE WILSON

WINNIPEG, MB., January 13, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American linebacker Kyrie Wilson on a two-year contract extension. Wilson was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Wilson (6-1, 216, Fresno State; born: November 5, 1992 in Fresno, CA) returns to the Bombers for a fourth season after originally signing with the club in 2017.

Wilson started all 18 regular season games and three playoff contests for the Blue Bombers in their 2019 Grey Cup season. Wilson finished third on the team in defensive plays, registering 63 defensive tackles and four special teams tackles along with three sacks, one interceptions, five pass knockdowns, three fumble recoveries and three tackles for losses.

Wilson dressed for six games over the 2017-18 seasons, making his debut in the 2017 Banjo Bowl and then appearing in five games a year later. He was first signed by the Bombers in April of 2017 after agreeing to a contract with the Oakland Raiders in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. Wilson was a three-year starter at Fresno State.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/13/blue-bombers-agree-terms-linebacker-kyrie-wilson/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/13/blue-bombers-agree-terms-linebacker-kyrie-wilson/)

WILSON TAKING SPIRITUAL, PROFOUND APPROACH TO EXTENDED OFFSEASON
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/13/wilson-taking-spiritual-profound-approach-extended-offseason/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/13/wilson-taking-spiritual-profound-approach-extended-offseason/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 14, 2021, 05:52:08 PM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH RECEIVER RASHEED BAILEY

WINNIPEG, MB., January 14, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American receiver Rasheed Bailey on a one-year contract extension. Bailey was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Bailey (6-1, 210, Delaware Valley University; born: July 29, 1993 in Philadelphia, PA) returns to the Bombers for a second season after originally signing with the club in 2019.

Bailey dressed for five regular season and three playoff games in 2019, starting seven. He made his Canadian Football League debut in Toronto on August 1st and earned his first start in the Banjo Bowl, pulling in five passes for 33 yards in the victory. He then started the final regular season game and each of the playoff contests, including the 2019 Grey Cup. Bailey finished the regular season with 19 receptions for 206 yards, adding four receptions for 26 yards in the playoffs.

Bailey was a star in his four seasons at Delaware Valley, finishing with 165 receptions for 3,138 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Aggies. He ended his college career as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards and second in receiving touchdowns. In 2015, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent and has also spent time with the B.C. Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/14/blue-bombers-agree-terms-receiver-rasheed-baile/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/14/blue-bombers-agree-terms-receiver-rasheed-baile/)

BAILEY FINDS A HOME IN WINNIPEG
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/14/bailey-finds-home-winnipeg/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/14/bailey-finds-home-winnipeg/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on January 14, 2021, 05:53:53 PM
Only thing better then this would be if he had of signed for 2 years.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 15, 2021, 01:07:54 PM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH GREY CUP MVP ANDREW HARRIS

WINNIPEG, MB., January 15, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with Canadian running back Andrew Harris on a one-year contract extension. Harris was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Harris (5-10, 216, Vancouver Island Raiders; born: April 24, 1987 in Winnipeg, MB) returns to the Blue Bombers for a fifth season after initially joining the team as a free agent in 2016.

One of the most decorated players in both Blue Bombers and Canadian Football League history, Harris is the reigning three-time league rushing champion after capturing the title in 2019 (1,380 yards), 2018 (1,390 yards) and 2017 (1,035).

He capped his 2019 season by not only helping his hometown club win the Grey Cup, but also being named the game?s MVP and Most Valuable Canadian. Harris finished the 2019 season with 1,380 yards and four touchdowns along the ground, adding another 70 receptions for 529 yards and four more touchdowns.

During the '19 season he also moved into sixth place on the Bombers' all-time rushing list with 4,779 yards and in 10th place in receptions with 300. Harris also passed Ben Cahoon to become the CFL's all-time leader in yards from scrimmage by a Canadian - now at 14,145 yards - and moved past Normie Kwong as the all-time leader for rushing yards by a Canadian with 9,038.

A five-time CFL All-Star (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Harris was also named the league's Most Outstanding Canadian in 2017. During the 2017 season, in addition to leading the league in rushing, Harris broke the league record for receptions by a running back with 105.

Harris signed with the Blue Bombers as a free agent on February 9, 2016 after seven years with the B.C. Lions and led the club in rushing with 974 yards, third in the league.

With the Lions, he spent the '09 season on the practice roster before becoming a regular in 2010. Harris led the CFL in yards from scrimmage in both 2012 and 2015 and was the Most Valuable Canadian in B.C.?s win over the Bombers in the 2011 Grey Cup.

Harris played his amateur football locally with the Eastman Riders and then the Grant Park Pirates and Oak Park Raiders in high school. He then moved on to play for the Vancouver Island Raiders of the Canadian Junior Football League, where he was named an All-Canadian four times.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/15/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-grey-cup-mvp-andrew-harris/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/15/winnipeg-blue-bombers-agree-terms-grey-cup-mvp-andrew-harris/)

"I STILL GET CHILLS WHEN I DRIVE UP TO IG FIELD" - HARRIS RETURNS
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/15/still-get-chills-drive-ig-field-harris-returns/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/15/still-get-chills-drive-ig-field-harris-returns/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 15, 2021, 01:38:16 PM
Re-signing Harris was a top priority for the team. His production and leadership have been critical factors for the teams success.

Made my morning. Now I can go for my coffee. :)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on January 15, 2021, 02:25:53 PM
No surprise here. AH33, Mr.204. signing in Winnipeg. The heart and soul of the bombers.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: TBURGESS on January 15, 2021, 02:45:17 PM
Excellent that Harris is back in blue.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: blue_or_die on January 15, 2021, 02:50:38 PM
Heart and soul of the team, indeed. He is our identity.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 16, 2021, 01:30:04 PM
All-star LB Adam Bighill takes $145,000 pay cut to stay in Winnipeg
By 3Down Staff - January 15, 2021

CFL teams may be cutting costs ahead of the 2021 season, but it looks like former Most Outstanding Defensive Player Adam Bighill won't be on the chopping block in Winnipeg.

TSN's Farhan Lalji is reporting that the All-Star middle linebacker has reached an agreement on a restructured contract that will keep him with the Blue Bombers next season. Bighill was reportedly set to make $260,000 in the final year of his three year deal, but has now taken "significantly less" to stay in Winnipeg.

"Shocked to hear that Adam Bighill's contract for 2021 is 115k (down from 260k)," Lalji wrote on Twitter. "I know he has strong business interests in Winnipeg, but it speaks volumes for the atmosphere Mike O'Shea has created with the Bombers that a player would take that much less to stay there."

The deal comes on the heels of reigning Grey Cup Champions re-signing star Canadian running back Andrew Harris and renegotiating the contract of 2019 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Jefferson earlier this week. Jefferson took a $50,000 pay cut on his new deal, while Harris re-upped for $170,000 after earning $215,000 in 2019.

Bighill's $145,000 pay cut is the biggest of the bunch and the he report should put to bed rumours that the eight year CFL veteran would become a salary cap casualty as teams are directed to spend only to the salary cap floor.

Bighill began his career with the B.C. Lions in 2011 and would spend six seasons in Vancouver, teaming up with teammate Solomon Elimimian to form one of the fiercest linebacking duos in CFL history.

Bighill won his first Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award in 2015 before jumping to the NFL in 2017. After spending the season as a special teams contributor for the New Orleans Saints, Bighill returned to the CFL in 2018 with Winnipeg, becoming the league's top defensive player for the second time.

The five-time CFL All-Star has racked up 655 tackles, 41 sacks and 12 interceptions over the course of his career and helped the Bombers break their Grey Cup drought in 2019.

The reigning champs entered the 2021 offseason with a long to do list, but have managed to retain their core despite financial limitations. With their defensive leader firmly in the fold, there is no telling what the 2021 Bombers are capable of.

https://3downnation.com/2021/01/15/all-star-lb-adam-bighill-restructures-deal-to-stay-in-winnipeg/ (https://3downnation.com/2021/01/15/all-star-lb-adam-bighill-restructures-deal-to-stay-in-winnipeg/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 16, 2021, 01:36:56 PM
BLUE BOMBERS ADD THREE TO ROSTER

WINNIPEG, MB., January 15, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the team has signed American defensive back Demetrious Cox, American defensive end Vontarrius Dora and American receiver Davon Grayson.

Cox (6-0, 200, Michigan State, April 20, 1994 in Jeannette, PA) has spent time practice squads with the Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals before returning to Cincinnati in 2019. Cox played in four games with Carolina in 2017. He was most recently with the New York Guardians of the XFL. Cox played collegiately at Michigan State, seeing action in 51 games, starting 25 and recording 91 solo tackles, 75 tackle assists, one sack, 14 pass breakups, four interceptions, one forced fumbled, two fumble recoveries and two touchdowns.

Dora (6-4, 255, Louisiana Tech, September 7, 1994 in West Point, MS) has spent the past three seasons in the Arizona Cardinals organization, and prior to that was on the practice squads in Indianapolis and Denver. Dora saw action in 46 games at Louisiana Tech, including starting all 13 at defensive end his senior season, finishing with a career-high 48 tackles (31 solo, 17 assisted) as well as a career-high and team-high six sacks for a loss of 51 yards.

Grayson (6-2, 190, East Carolina, September 5, 1995 in Cleveland, OH) as a senior in 2017, Grayson finished with career-bests in receptions (59), receiving yards (886) and touchdowns (six). He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in May of 2018.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/15/blue-bombers-add-three-roster-2/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/15/blue-bombers-add-three-roster-2/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 16, 2021, 01:40:01 PM
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2021-01-15   WPG   HANSEN, Thiadric   LB   A      Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-15   WPG   JEFFERSON, Willie   DL   A   Stephen F. Austin State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-15   WPG   JEFFERSON, Willie   DL   A   Stephen F. Austin State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-01-15   WPG   LEWIS, Malcolm   WR   N   Miami   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-15   WPG   BAILEY, Rasheed   WR   A   Delaware Valley   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-15   WPG   WILSON, Kyrie   LB   A   Fresno State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-15   WPG   BIGHILL, Adam   LB   A   Central Washington   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-15   WPG   BIGHILL, Adam   LB   A   Central Washington   Delete From Active   Free Agent


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 16, 2021, 06:26:38 PM
Down to 17 remaining potential free agents. I guess it won't be long before any surprises come to light. We've speculated on a few but it's not over until it's over so to speak. One a day seems to be our trend.

Each additional re-signing adds clarification I suppose. The order of re-signings has caught me a bit off guard but the reality is that order doesn't matter.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on January 16, 2021, 07:48:12 PM
Cap, roster size, nat/global ratios all staying the same?   


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 16, 2021, 08:46:32 PM
Cap, roster size, nat/global ratios all staying the same?  

Not exactly.

We're supposed to be adding 1 more Global player. Roster still 46 which would suggest 1 less Canadian back up to accommodate the extra Global player. Officially only 2 QB's on the AR which is how we gained the 1st Global in 2019.

IIRC the SMS was scheduled for a small increase each year. However teams are asked to spend to the SMS floor and not the ceiling.

Whether teams do that and / or how successfully they do that is another question.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 18, 2021, 07:26:28 AM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR EXTENSION WITH DEFENSIVE BACK JOSH JOHNSON

WINNIPEG, MB., January 15, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the team has agreed to terms with veteran defensive back Josh Johnson on a one-year contract extension.

Johnson (5-10, 200, Purdue) is a four-year veteran of the Canadian Football League, and originally signed with Winnipeg last February. He's played 64 career regular-season games played - including 58 starts - in stops with the B.C. Lions (2014-15), Ottawa REDBLACKS (2018), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2018) and the Edmonton Eskimos (2019).

Johnson started 17 games for the Eskimos in 2019 at both halfback and cornerback, finishing with 43 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, nine pass knockdowns and one tackle for a loss.
He was productive in the postseason, picking off three passes in Edmonton's Eastern Semi-Final win over the Montreal Alouettes, becoming the first player in the CFL to have three interceptions in a playoff game since Darrell Moir of Toronto in 1986. He then added a team-high six tackles and a sack in the Eastern Final loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Johnson played his college ball with the Purdue Boilermakers, starting 36 of 49 games and twice named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team (2010, 2011).

He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2013, before joining the B.C. in 2014 where he started 34 games over the next two seasons. His work with the Lions drew the attention of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who signed him in February of 2016. Johnson played eight games with Jacksonville in 2016 but was placed on injured reserve in the summer of 2017 before being released in October of that year.

Johnson then signed with Ottawa in March of 2018 and, after playing in four games before being released and signed by Hamilton, where he appeared in nine games. He signed as a free agent with the Eskimos in May of 2019.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/16/blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extension-defensive-back-josh-johnson/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/16/blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extension-defensive-back-josh-johnson/)

JOHNSON STILL EAGERLY WAITING TO PULL ON THE BLUE & GOLD
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/16/johnson-still-eagerly-waiting-pull-blue-gold/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/16/johnson-still-eagerly-waiting-pull-blue-gold/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 18, 2021, 07:55:22 AM
FIRST & 10 - MORE NAMES CROSSED OFF FREE AGENT LIST
By Ed Tait

There has to be a book deal in all of this for Andrew Harris - the kid from Winnipeg who rose through the junior ranks as an undrafted prospect into one of the greatest players in Canadian Football League history.

That narrative, understandably, took a bit of a back seat on Friday when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced the veteran running back had signed a one-year contract extension to remain with the club in 2021.

Yet, the more closely you look at his numbers, the more astonishing they become.

Consider: He is the CFL's all-time leader in yards from scrimmage for a Canadian at 14,145, having moved past Ben Cahoon in 2019, and is now the all-time leader for rushing yards by a Canadian, with 9,038. That total ranks Harris eighth all-time in CFL rushing with Joffrey Reynolds (9,213) and Kelvin Anderson (9,340) in his sights.

The story behind what still drives Harris can be found here, but during his Zoom call Friday with the media he also talked about his growing legacy and how a kid from Grant Park/Oak Park high schools who played his junior ball with the Vancouver Island Raiders now has his name among CFL icons.

"There's a lot of pride that goes into that, coming from my background, my pedigree from the junior route and get to where I'm at," Harris said. "One, to have those numbers, but also to still be in the league and still contributing at a high level. At first when I came in (to the league) I just wanted to make the special teams and then become a starter.

"To be where I'm at now, it's definitely surreal. There's been a lot of great coaches, teammates and people who have contributed and helped me get to where I'm at. I want to thank them."

Harris has also moved into sixth place on the Bombers' all-time rushing list with 4,779 yards, behind only Charles Roberts (9,987), Leo Lewis (8,861), Willard Reaves (5,923), Jim Washington (5,736) and Gerry James (5,541) and with 300 receptions he now ranks 10th on the club's all-time catches list.

"Thinking about those numbers... it's one of those things that at the end when I'm finally done it will sink in," he said. "At this point now I'm just focused on keeping on moving on and pushing forward. The rings and championships are more important to me at the moment. When I'm finally done, when I finally hang the cleats up I'll look back at the things I've done and look at the class I'm in with some of the greats who have played this game... all that stuff I'm extremely proud of.

"When you put so much work into something, so much blood, sweat and tears and to look back at the great accomplishments it's definitely amazing."

More from Harris and other notes and quotes in this week?s edition of First & 10...

1. Bombers' football operations staff has been aggressively chipping away at re-signing pending free agents and also getting others to restructure contracts for 2021. There's been so much activity, frankly, it's sometimes difficult to keep tabs on everything. Fear not, loyal reader, for we have you covered.

Here's a look at where things currently stand (*indicates Canadian):

QB
Under contract: Zach Collaros, Dru Brown, Dalton Sneed
Signed to contract extension: Sean McGuire
Pending free agents: none

RB/FB
Under contract: Johnny Augustine*, Brady Oliveira*, Joshua Caldwell, James Williams
Signed contract extension: Andrew Harris*, Mike Miller*
Pending free agents: John Rush*

WR
Under contract: Darvin Adams, Drew Wolitarsky*, Charles Nelson, Deontez Alexander, Montay Crockett, Mekale McKay, Kayaune Ross, Travis Rudolph, Alonzo Russell, ArDarius Stewart, Macho Bockru*, Davon Grayson
Signed contract extension: Nic Demski*, Rasheed Bailey
Pending free agents: Kenny Lawler, Lucky Whitehead, Janarion Grant, Daniel Petermann*, Julian Feoli-Gudino*

OL
Under contract: Michael Couture*, Drew Desjarlais*, Tui Eli*, Jarell Broxton, Shane Carpenter, Chris Kolankowski*, Kevin Lawrence, Sepesitiano Pupungatoa, Nolan Ulizio
Signed contract extension: Stanley Bryant, Jermarcus Hardrick, Geoff Gray*
Pending free agents: Patrick Neufeld*, Cody Speller*

DL
Under contract: Willie Jefferson, Connor Griffiths*, Justin Alexandre, Meffy Koloamatangi, Alex McCalister, Royce LaFrance, Vontarrius Dora
Signed contract extension: Jake Thomas*, Jackson Jeffcoat, Thiadric Hansen (Global),
Pending free agents: Steven Richardson

LB
Under contract: Adam Bighill, Micah Awe, Dylan Donahue, Mason Moe, Otha Peters, Jr.,
Signed contract extension: Kyrie Wilson, Shayne Gauthier*, Tobi Antigha
Pending free agents: Jesse Briggs*, Brandon Calver*, Thomas Miles*,

DB
Under contract: Mike Jones, Nick Hallett*, Jhavonte Dean, Terrence Alexander, DeAundre Alford, Joshua Allen, Malik Boynton, Clifton Duck, Doran Grant, Jamalcolm Liggins, Dexter McDougle, Josh Miller, Damian Swann, Raekwon Williams, Demetrious Cox,
Signed contract extension: Brandon Alexander, Nick Taylor, Mercy Maston, Josh Johnson
Pending free agent: Kerfalla Exume*, Chris Lyles

Specialists
Under contract: K Marc Liegghio*, K Matt Riley*
Signed contract extension: none
Pending free agent: K Justin Medlock, LS Chad Rempel*, LS Maxime Latour*

2. The slow vaccine rollout and this ongoing fight with the pandemic has many speculating that the CFL won't start in June, but more likely August or September.

I always trend to the glass-is-half-full side on these things, but it is a topic that came up in Friday's session with Harris.

"The whole world is just taking it day by day and going with the flow here," he said. "As a province we've come a long way. As a country there's been ups and downs. We're starting to get a hold on this and with the vaccine coming out and more knowledge and more resources out there we're going to be in a better situation come spring, come summer.

"I think they'll be some sort of football... I don't know if it's going to be exactly how it was in 2019, but I'm optimistic there will be football this year and that?s why I'm so excited to be part of this team again and get back at it."

3. Asked if he was frustrated there wasn't more clarity from the CFL as to what a Plan B might look like if not everyone is vaccinated by the summer, Harris added this: "You wish you could have more clarity, but everyone in every sector, every field is still wondering. You just have to plan for right now and hope for the best for the future.

"I'm assuming (the league) doesn't want to say too many things so they don't put their foot in their mouths and kind of keep their cards close to their chests. That's a smart move to see how everything adapts and changes. We'll all get a clearer picture as the weeks and months go on here and I'm sure we'll get more information as it happens."

4. One more from Harris... his contract is a one-year extension and he was asked if that was a move to wait and see what might unfold after this season or if multi-year contracts are no longer part of the process.

"I would have signed a -five year (contract), to be honest with you," said Harris with a chuckle. "I don't know if you could see a 40-year old running back, or a 39-year old. We'll see. For me, I'm taking it year by year. I've always been that way. After you get into your 30s you're always one hit from this being over, so you've got to take it play-by-play, day-by-day, year-by-year. So, for me, there's nothing different there."

5. Spoke to Willie Jefferson earlier this week about his contract restructuring, but our conversation started with a discussion about the weather. It snowed in Austin, Texas last weekend - where the Jeffersons are based in the offseason - and the Bombers' defensive end spent the day of the first snowfall outside

"It was crazy," said Jefferson. "I woke up and we were just relaxing a bit... at first it was just kinda rainy. When I opened the blinds and saw it was snowy, I was like, 'OK.' It was coming down just a little bit at first, around 9:30. Then by 11 o'clock it was coming down. It looked like a day in Winnipeg.

"Me being in Winnipeg, I could tell it was going to be the good packing snow because it came down so fast and there was so much in such a little time. Then we went outside and we really enjoyed it, just like we were in Canada.

"I felt like I had an advantage to my neighbours when it came to making a snowman. They didn't know how to put it together. They saw me doing the pack technique and then rolling the snow around my yard to pick it up? after a while everybody on the block had a good snowman."

6. Jefferson, like so many who have signed or had their contracts restructured, is ecstatic at how many members from the 2019 Bombers are coming back for another run.

In fact, he said that was the driving force in his reworking his contract.

"For sure it is," he said. "That's the mindset that's around our team right now because we are the team that won before the pandemic. The way things were looking last year it looked like we had a good team and a good chance to repeat.

"I'm so happy we're getting so many guys back. So far, I?m happy."

7. Jefferson was quite open about how much he was missing all aspects of the game, from the practices to film sessions to, of course, game day.

But it's the other stuff - the social aspect - that he is really craving right now.

"After sitting out it makes your appreciate all the little things," he said. "The meetings, breakfast with your teammates, training camp where you can bond with your teammates, practice... there's a camaraderie you get with people on the other side of the ball. I play defence and I miss going against Yoshi (Jermarcus) Hardrick and Stan (Bryant) and Mike (Couture), seeing Zach (Collaros) and Sean (McGuire), seeing Andrew (Harris), messing with (Nic) Demski, talking to Darvin (Adams)... I miss all those guys. At the same time I miss seeing Bigs (Adam Bighill), I miss BA (Brandon Alexander) - I can't say I miss Jackson (Jeffcoat) because I see him pretty much every other weekend - but I miss all those guys. I miss my guy Nick Hallett. I miss all those dudes. I see them on social media and talk to them, but it's not the same because we're not in the locker room or on the field competing against each other or just having a good time. I miss that. I really miss it."

We're not sure if Willie had the Bombers' roster page open on bluebombers.com, or was flipping through the media guide, but he then started rattling off names of some of the club's equipment and training staff.

"I miss (Jared) Cronk. I miss (Brad) Fotty. I miss Al (Couture), Chris (Mikolajek), Carly (Nordin)... I miss everybody, man, I really do. I miss them all."

8. Had a great chat with Rasheed Bailey earlier this week and a couple of items that didn't make our story on him signing a contract extension..

First, we talked about his key block on the Andrew Harris TD that opened the scoring in the Grey Cup game. That portion of the play - when Bailey helps open a giant crease for Harris with a block on Ticat defensive end Julian Howsare - came up repeatedly in conversations with players during our '10 Plays that Made a Champion' series last fall.

If you watch the clip here, you can see the block made by Bailey (#88).

"It?s not always about you. That was one of my greatest lessons of that (2019) season," said Bailey. "As much as I wanted it to be, as much as I wanted the limelight and the love, it was about the team. That can mean blocking, that can mean doing the little things or even being a cheerleader on the sidelines for 8-10 games. Did it hurt and did it suck sometimes? Yes, it did. But I understand now about the greater good. I'll do the smaller things. That block in the Grey Cup was almost better than the catch than should have been.

"If you go back and look at the film study and all the things that went into that... we had talked about #95 (Howsare) being a key factor in the game. We talked about me staying tight to the tackle and then getting the job done. That play help set the tone for the game. Whether people remember that block or not, in my heart that was THE play and I'll never forget it. If you watch that play on film you see me and how happy I was."

9. The Bombers still have a few receiver pieces unsigned (see above), but Bailey is hoping to build on his end of 2019.

"You always want to make yourself valuable," he said. "I've put a lot of work in this offseason in the weight room. I'd like to make myself more valuable, whether it's catching the ball, whether it's blocking, whether it's playing the decoy. I'm excited for this year. It's going to be all of us, there's going to be a lot of moving pieces.

"Coach Buck (Pierce) is great at what he does, he's going to get us all on the same page and I'm excited to see how it all plays out."

He's also itching to get into the end zone - especially after his Grey Cup TD was overturned by video replay.

"I haven't scored a touchdown in a very long time," he said. "For me in college, I scored a lot my senior year. I want that feeling again. I want all the hard work to pay off for a moment like that. I really, really want that. That makes me emotional. I don?t say this in a bragging way, but I have worked sooo hard. When it comes to putting it in, I put it in. Now I want that reward."

10. And finally, one more from Jefferson, because he was on a roll when we chatted with him...

He suggested that not only has his love for the CFL grown during the absence, but he hopes it positively impacts the numbers at the turnstiles when we get back to 'normal' - that those who miss being out on a summer night might opt to experience a game for the first time, or to do it more than once.

"With this league being shut down it makes me appreciate it even more." he said. "I think of all the season ticket holders and long-time fans. But I also think of those fans that come to games sparingly. Now they couldn't come to games at all. They couldn't even watch the games on TV or cheer for us that way. Now we know it's coming back in 2021. Now I hope they're saying, 'I'm for sure coming to a game this year. Maybe not just one, but two.'

"Maybe now they look at all the guys we've got coming back and they're saying, 'I'm going now. I'm going to get something from the store because it's 2021 and Bombers football is back, CFL football is back.'"

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/16/first-10-names-crossed-off-free-agent-list/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/16/first-10-names-crossed-off-free-agent-list/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 19, 2021, 09:07:23 PM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN PAT NEUFELD

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with veteran offensive lineman Pat Neufeld on a one-year extension. Neufeld was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Neufeld
(6-6, 315, Saskatchewan; born: December 26, 1988 in Regina, Saskatchewan) will be entering his 10th CFL season in 2021 and is the second-longest serving Blue Bomber after Jake Thomas. Neufeld was injured just before training camp in 2019 and missed the first 12 games of the regular season. He returned to the starting lineup on September 21 in Montreal and lined up at his guard spot for the final six regular season games and all three playoff contests - including the Grey Cup victory.

He was part of an offensive line that helped Andrew Harris capture his third consecutive rushing title and as the 2019 season ended was considered among the best guards in the league, despite missing two thirds of the year.

Selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the fifth round of the 2010 CFL Draft, 33rd overall, Neufeld returned to the University of Saskatchewan that year and then joined the Riders in 2011. He was traded to Winnipeg on October 10, 2013 for Alex Hall and a second-round pick in the 2014 CFL Draft.

Neufeld has suited up for 106 games in his CFL career with both the Blue Bombers and Riders, including 68 starts.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/19/winnipeg-blue-bombers-re-sign-offensive-lineman-pat-neufeld/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/19/winnipeg-blue-bombers-re-sign-offensive-lineman-pat-neufeld/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 21, 2021, 07:16:16 AM
BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR EXTENSION WITH JESSE BRIGGS

WINNIPEG, MB., January 20, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with Canadian linebacker Jesse Briggs on a one-year contract extension. Briggs was scheduled to become a free agent in February.

Briggs (6-1, 211, McGill; DOB: April 14, 1990, in Kelowna, B.C.) returns to the Bombers for a seventh season after originally being selected by the club in the second round, 17th overall, of the 2014 Canadian Football League Draft.

The veteran linebacker has been a fixture on special teams during his days with the Blue Bombers. He was limited to just four regular season games and the three playoff contests in 2019 due to injuries after missing only three games in the first five years of his career.

Briggs finished the year with three tackles - two on defence and one on special teams, adding two special teams tackles and a defensive tackle in the playoff run. Briggs has suited up for 91 CFL games during his days with the Bombers, registering 20 tackles and 57 more on special teams.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/20/blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extension-linebacker-jesse-briggs/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/20/blue-bombers-agree-terms-one-year-extension-linebacker-jesse-briggs/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 21, 2021, 07:18:23 AM
Transactions:

2021-01-20   WPG   NEUFELD, Patrick   OL   N   Saskatchewan   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-20   WPG   COUTURE, Michael   OL   N   Simon Fraser   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-20   WPG   COUTURE, Michael   OL   N   Simon Fraser   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-01-20   WPG   BRIGGS, Jesse   LB   N   McGill   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-20   WPG   JOHNSON, Josh   DB   A   Purdue   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-20   WPG   DEAN, Jhavonte   DB   A   Miami   Add To   Active Roster   was previously released to try out for NFL


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 22, 2021, 09:31:01 AM
Canadian offensive lineman Michael Couture restructures contract with Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Canadian offensive lineman Michael Couture has restructured his contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The six-foot-four, 300-pound blocker was due an off-season roster bonus of $50,000 on February 1. With teams looking to cut spending due to the ongoing pandemic, Couture renegotiated his deal to lower his cap hit.

The native of Burnaby, B.C. started all eighteen regular season games for Winnipeg in 2019, though he missed the playoffs due to injury.

Couture became the Blue Bombers' starting centre following the retirement of Matthias Goossen in January 2019. He was originally selected No. 10 overall in the 2016 CFL draft out of Simon Fraser.

This move means that up-and-coming centre Cody Speller is likely to test free agency.

Winnipeg has re-signed American tackles Stanley Bryant and Jermarcus Hardrick this off-season, along with interior Canadian blockers Patrick Neufeld and Geoff Gray. 2019 first-round pick Drew Desjarlais, who won a starting job late in 2019, remains on his rookie contract that expires in February 2022.

https://3downnation.com/2021/01/20/canadian-offensive-lineman-michael-couture-restructures-contract-with-winnipeg-blue-bombers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=canadian-offensive-lineman-michael-couture-restructures-contract-with-winnipeg-blue-bombers (https://3downnation.com/2021/01/20/canadian-offensive-lineman-michael-couture-restructures-contract-with-winnipeg-blue-bombers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=canadian-offensive-lineman-michael-couture-restructures-contract-with-winnipeg-blue-bombers)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 22, 2021, 05:19:11 PM
I count 77 Bomber players under contract at the moment and another 15 current potential free agents.

Might not be 100% accurate but a general sense of where we are now.

As we move past free agency and into tryout camps we'll see others added and some deleted.

Many rookies were signed in anticipation of 2020 and are still part of the roster. There might be slightly less focus on finding newer candidates since we aren't starting from scratch per se.

Add in the combined draft choices as part of the decision making process.

Will be a TC like no other before. :)

EDIT: Several of our remaining list should be easy to re-sign if we want them to return. In that sense I'm surprised a few haven't been completed yet.

Will there be more announcements this week and if not what it means will be interesting discussions goring forward.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 25, 2021, 11:11:01 PM
FIRST & 10 - LOOKING AHEAD TO FREE AGENCY
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/24/first-10-looking-ahead-free-agency/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/24/first-10-looking-ahead-free-agency/)


Transactions:

2021-01-25   WPG   JOHNSON, Jeremiah   DB   A   Concord   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-25   WPG   TEXADA, Ranthony   DB   A   Texas Christian   Add To   Active Roster  was previously released to try out for NFL
2021-01-25   WPG   OLIVEIRA, Brady   RB   N   North Dakota   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-25   WPG   OLIVEIRA, Brady   RB   N   North Dakota   Delete From Active   Free Agent


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 26, 2021, 06:39:49 PM
Re-signing activity has slowed down. Many of those left are coming off of ELC's. 7 of 15 by my count. You'd think those would be the easiest to handle if those players wanted to return to Winnipeg.

Speller and Medlock are the only 2 of consequence in the higher $$ ranges.

A few others will be more than ELC but not exactly expensive.

So what's up Bombers?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on January 27, 2021, 05:29:17 PM
I'd be fine entering TC with the current roster.  We have a full team, full QB corps, OL, coaches... and enough depth to cover COVID issue in quarantine...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 27, 2021, 05:57:56 PM
I'd be fine entering TC with the current roster.  We have a full team, full QB corps, OL, coaches... and enough depth to cover COVID issue in quarantine...


Gone from 2019 team:

D. Jones
Hecht
Gaitor
Fenner
Sayles
Rose
Rios
Hume
Roh
Nevis
Streveler
Nicholes

Not re-signed yet, 15 players including

1 starting receiver: Lawler
2 Backup receivers / returners, Petermann, Whitehead & Grant
1 starting kicker
2 starting LS + backup
1 starting / back up OL: Speller
2 starting DL: Kongbo & Richardson

We have a lot of bodies and some will make the roster but the depth has taken a beating. The current potential free agents still include several starts and significant back ups.

While the roster is taking shape there are several questions yet to be addressed. losing over 20 players potentially is a hit no matter how you look at it.

We'll see how many of the un-signed get signed before feeling really confidant. In any event receiver and secondary are still big TBD issues in particular.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on January 27, 2021, 06:29:47 PM
We have 3 QB, only going to carry 2...

We have ample Rec's under contract, and will no doubt sign more

We have a K under contract, and LS usually show up in among ST players, Cvety got the job even though he had done it only occasionally in University and by using someone else's grainy film...

We have a full OL under contract, and backups

We have a full DL under contract, and will no doubt have more in TC

Every year we have new bodies stepping up.  No different this year.  And a few of the unsigned FA's will no doubt have to make up their minds on play / no play once FA season opens and they get no better offers, because everyone is spending to the bottom, not the top...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 27, 2021, 08:41:12 PM
We have 3 QB, only going to carry 2...

We have ample Rec's under contract, and will no doubt sign more

We have a K under contract, and LS usually show up in among ST players, Cvety got the job even though he had done it only occasionally in University and by using someone else's grainy film...

We have a full OL under contract, and backups

We have a full DL under contract, and will no doubt have more in TC

Every year we have new bodies stepping up.  No different this year.  And a few of the unsigned FA's will no doubt have to make up their minds on play / no play once FA season opens and they get no better offers, because everyone is spending to the bottom, not the top...

You're missing the point but that's no surprise.  Bombers struggled for many seasons trying to find good receivers. In 2019 we were still not near the top group in the CFL. We could be starting from scratch if we lose the pending free agents.

BTW. We just traded Speller to Toronto to move up slightly in the 2021 draft by 4 positions. From 52 to 48th. That means 12 players gone from 2019 roster and 14 open potential free agents.  If you don't consider that a significant change, then what does?

The Canadian kicker may turn out to be the best kicker in the CFL. Medlock may re-sign. Neither possibility is certain.

3 or 4 QB's on the roster? Don't even go there. Our starter missed 15 games and McGuire has 3 pass attempts in the CFL. I'm not quite ready to anoint him as anything past the most recent survivor.

Optimism is great but it also requires a reality check.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on January 27, 2021, 08:54:07 PM
At this point, I want them to re-sign Petermann, Janarion Grant, and a long snapper.  Anything else is gravy.

The biggest question mark will be the secondary, but with Sayles and Rose gone, we knew that would be the case.  Brandon Alexander, Nick Taylor, Mercy Maston, Josh Johnson that looks like a decent foundation, but it will take some time to come together. 

Back up QB definitely makes me nervous. 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on January 27, 2021, 10:23:12 PM
You're missing the point but that's no surprise.  Bombers struggled for many seasons trying to find good receivers. In 2019 we were still not near the top group in the CFL. We could be starting from scratch if we lose the pending free agents.

BTW. We just traded Speller to Toronto to move up slightly in the 2021 draft by 4 positions. From 52 to 48th. That means 12 players gone from 2019 roster and 14 open potential free agents.  If you don't consider that a significant change, then what does?

The Canadian kicker may turn out to be the best kicker in the CFL. Medlock may re-sign. Neither possibility is certain.

3 or 4 QB's on the roster? Don't even go there. Our starter missed 15 games and McGuire has 3 pass attempts in the CFL. I'm not quite ready to anoint him as anything past the most recent survivor.

Optimism is great but it also requires a reality check.



At this point of the season, we are in much better shape than most teams, and no doubt Mr. Walters has a plan... changeover is expected every year, and in this year where we have skipped a season and are spending to the bottom of the cap, you have to expect a lot of change.  I think Walters has navigated these uncertain waters exceptionally well...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 28, 2021, 03:03:32 AM
BLUE BOMBERS TRADE LINEMAN CODY SPELLER TO ARGONAUTS

WINNIPEG, MB., January 27, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to trade national centre Cody Speller and the 52nd overall selection in the 2021 CFL Draft to the Toronto Argonauts, in exchange for the Argonauts' 48th overall selection in the 2021 CFL Draft.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/27/blue-bombers-trade-lineman-cody-speller-argonauts/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/27/blue-bombers-trade-lineman-cody-speller-argonauts/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 28, 2021, 03:37:38 AM
Update on players that were released to try-out for the NFL

2020-09-03   WPG   DEAN, Jhavonte   DB   re-signed Jan 20
2020-09-03   WPG   CALDWELL, Joshua   RB   re-signed Jan 8
2020-09-03   WPG   GRANT, Doran   DB 
2020-09-03   WPG   CROCKETT, Montay   WR  re-signed Jan 8   
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, Raekwon   DB   re-signed Jan 11 
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, James   RB
2020-09-03   WPG   ULIZIO, Nolan   OL   re-signed Jan 8   
2020-09-01   WPG   ROCQUEMORE, Jontrell   LB   
2020-08-31   WPG   MASTON, Mercy   LB   re-signed Jan 7   
2020-08-31   WPG   GRANT, Janarion   WR
2020-08-28   WPG   RINGO, Christian   DL 
2020-08-27   WPG   DURAL, Travin   WR
2020-08-27   WPG   JOHNSON, Isaiah   DB 
2020-08-27   WPG   HANSEN, Thiadric   LB   re-signed Jan 5 
2020-08-27   WPG   LAWLER, Kenny   WR
2020-08-26   WPG   TEXADA, Ranthony   DB   re-signed Jan 25   
2020-08-26   WPG   LEWIS, Malcolm   WR   re-sgned Jan 15
2020-08-26   WPG   KENNEY, David   DL
2020-08-26   WPG   DORLEANT, Makinton   DB 
2020-08-26   WPG   ALEXANDER, Deontez   WR 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 28, 2021, 01:59:11 PM
At this point of the season, we are in much better shape than most teams, and no doubt Mr. Walters has a plan... changeover is expected every year, and in this year where we have skipped a season and are spending to the bottom of the cap, you have to expect a lot of change.  I think Walters has navigated these uncertain waters exceptionally well...

We're in better shape than most teams and the core group is solid. Depth is currently an issue. Having 40 rookies for TC is nothing new but we won't know whether we resolved several issues.

It's going to be a new team that's for sure.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 28, 2021, 02:03:20 PM
Update on players that were released to try-out for the NFL

2020-09-03   WPG   DEAN, Jhavonte   DB   re-signed Jan 20
2020-09-03   WPG   CALDWELL, Joshua   RB   re-signed Jan 8
2020-09-03   WPG   GRANT, Doran   DB 
2020-09-03   WPG   CROCKETT, Montay   WR  re-signed Jan 8   
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, Raekwon   DB   re-signed Jan 11 
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, James   RB
2020-09-03   WPG   ULIZIO, Nolan   OL   re-signed Jan 8   
2020-09-01   WPG   ROCQUEMORE, Jontrell   LB   
2020-08-31   WPG   MASTON, Mercy   LB   re-signed Jan 7   
2020-08-31   WPG   GRANT, Janarion   WR
2020-08-28   WPG   RINGO, Christian   DL 
2020-08-27   WPG   DURAL, Travin   WR
2020-08-27   WPG   JOHNSON, Isaiah   DB 
2020-08-27   WPG   HANSEN, Thiadric   LB   re-signed Jan 5 
2020-08-27   WPG   LAWLER, Kenny   WR
2020-08-26   WPG   TEXADA, Ranthony   DB   re-signed Jan 25   
2020-08-26   WPG   LEWIS, Malcolm   WR   re-sgned Jan 15
2020-08-26   WPG   KENNEY, David   DL
2020-08-26   WPG   DORLEANT, Makinton   DB 
2020-08-26   WPG   ALEXANDER, Deontez   WR 

Interesting. Some of those rookies had potential but whether they get re-signed is not certain. I'd like Grant and Lawler back which might be more probable but even that is a TBD.

Rookies signed for TC often don't actually make it to TC and get released as new prospects are found.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on January 29, 2021, 03:56:54 PM
With about 10 days left till FA. My wish list is Exume, Richardson, Lawler, Petermann.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on January 29, 2021, 04:42:16 PM
With about 10 days left till FA. My wish list is Exume, Richardson, Lawler, Petermann.

I'd add Latour ( LS ) and Whitehead to my wish list. I suppose I could / would add W. Rose and Kongbo who   are full free agents as opposed to potential free agents.

Aside from the Speller trade the Bombers have been quiet for about 10 days.  I keep expecting some new announcements.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 30, 2021, 07:29:10 AM
Transactions:

2021-01-29   WPG   EVANS, Marwin   DB   A   Utah State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-01-29   WPG   KENNEY, David   DL   N   Indiana   Add To   Active Roster    was previously released to try out for NFL
2021-01-29   WPG   ALEXANDER, Deontez   WR   N      Add To   Active Roster   was previously released to try out for NFL


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 31, 2021, 06:07:48 AM
BLUE BOMBERS ADD TWO DEFENSIVE BACKS ROSTER

WINNIPEG, MB., January 30, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed American defensive backs Jeremiah Johnson and Marwin Evans.

Johnson (6-1, 190, Concord University; DOB: April 15, 1994 in Baltimore, MD) joins the Bombers after last playing with the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL. In five games with Houston, Johnson had one interception, returning it 64 yards, and added 9.5 tackles.

During his days at Concordia University, Johnson was named to the First Team All-Mountain East Conference for four consecutive seasons (2014-17), the first to accomplish that feat in the program's history. He was also twice voted an All-American by the Don Hansen Football Gazette. Johnson finished his college career ranking fifth in school history in interceptions with 11 and third in pass break-ups with 36.

After going undrafted in 2018, he signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Johnson also spent time with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football in 2019.

Evans (5-11, 211, Utah State; DOB: April 10, 1993 in Milwaukee, WI.) comes to the Bombers with 32 games of NFL experience, including one start, with the Green Bay Packers over the 2016-17 seasons.

After being released by the Packers in 2018, Evans was signed to the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad in 2019. He was drafted by the Dallas Renegades in the 2020 XFL Supplemental Draft, but did not see any action before the league folded in April of that year.

Evans spent two seasons at Utah State after playing one year at Highland Community College in Kansas and his freshman year at Rochester Community College in Minnesota. During his senior year at Utah State, Evans started 13 games and finished with 73 tackles, two forced fumbles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks and five pass break-ups and a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/30/blue-bombers-add-two-defensive-backs-roster/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/01/30/blue-bombers-add-two-defensive-backs-roster/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on January 31, 2021, 06:55:21 PM
Bombers release Awe.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on January 31, 2021, 10:13:06 PM
Ten CFL players with roster bonuses scheduled for February 1
By John Hodge - January 30, 2021

LB Micah Awe, Winnipeg Blue Bombers


Awe's bonus is relatively small - $5,000 - but the Bombers are still trying to restructure his contract, per source. Winnipeg already has incumbent starters Adam Bighill and Kyrie Wilson under contract for 2021, so Awe figures to serve in a depth/special teams role.

https://3downnation.com/2021/01/30/ten-cfl-players-with-roster-bonuses-scheduled-for-february-1/ (https://3downnation.com/2021/01/30/ten-cfl-players-with-roster-bonuses-scheduled-for-february-1/)

Blue Bombers Transactions - January 31. 2021

WINNIPEG, MB., January 31, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has released American linebacker Micah Awe.

Transactions:
2021-02-01   WPG   AWE, Micah   LB   A   Texas Tech   Delete From Active   Free Agent


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ichabod_crane on February 01, 2021, 01:18:21 AM
I'd add Latour ( LS ) and Whitehead to my wish list. I suppose I could / would add W. Rose and Kongbo who   are full free agents as opposed to potential free agents.

Aside from the Speller trade the Bombers have been quiet for about 10 days.  I keep expecting some new announcements.


Did Kongbo get cut and waive out from the NFL this past season? Believe he signed with the Niners initially. He'd be a great Canuck to bring back in on the D Line.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 01, 2021, 04:11:32 AM
JK2 was injured in TC and given an injury pay out by the 49er's.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 01, 2021, 06:07:09 PM
It's been about 2 weeks since the Bombers signed any of our potential free agents. Is this a sign of either moving on or players wanting to test free agency?

Count me as surprised. All 3 of our LS's are among that group. 8 Canadians are on the list. Medlock?



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ModAdmin on February 01, 2021, 06:19:15 PM
I think it makes sense that some of these FA negotiations will go down to the wire.  We're dealing with more than one candidate for the LS and kicker positions.  It's a "who blinks first" scenario.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 01, 2021, 06:33:25 PM
I think there will be some 11th hour signings, I don't think Mr. Walters is finished yet.

I think Pete is looking for a place where he has a chance to start. I say he ends up in Ottawa.

Exume who is a Montreal boy is probably testing the market.

Medlock never signs early, could retire.

TM has been offered a contact, but could also be looking at retirement. Nice way to go with a GC, playing for your home City. Miles is a big part of Winnipeg and many charities here in the city. Miles also won the Good Guy Award in 2019. 

Richardson probably is looking to get paid, Bombers mite be talking with Nevis this week.

The Herdman brothers are both FA's and are interested in playing at home. Jordan can play MLB, would be a nice backup for AB4.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 01, 2021, 06:36:42 PM
I think it makes sense that some of these FA negotiations will go down to the wire.  We're dealing with more than one candidate for the LS and kicker positions.  It's a "who blinks first" scenario.

I'd think we'd be signing 2 of the LS's. Miles is back up LB as well as the 3rd option at LS. So I think we sign him and 1 or Latour or Rempel.

Previously I mentioned that I expect Rempel will retire either voluntarily or he'll get pushed. In that sense I'd disagree with the " who blinks " first idea.

7 of our potential free agents are coming off of their ELC's and played less than a full season. There may be other reasons besides money that a player chooses to not return. This isn't a group I'd expect to go down to the wire. None of them are going to get $$$ in free agency.

I would have thought Exume would have been signed long ago as an example.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 01, 2021, 06:43:13 PM
I think there will be some 11th hour signings, I don't think Mr. Walters is finished yet.

I think Pete is looking for a place where he has a chance to start. I say he ends up in Ottawa.

Exume who is a Montreal boy is probably testing the market.

Medlock never signs early, could retire.

MT has been offered a contact, but could also be looking at retirement. Nice way to go with a GC, playing for your home City.

Richardson probably is looking to get paid, Bombers mite be talking with Nevis this week.

The Herdman brothers are both FA's and are interested in playing at home. Jordan can play MLB, would be a nice backup for AB4.



I agree with most of that. Petermann probably will get interest from Ottawa from Lapo and Nichols. Perhaps Lawler as well if he is returning to CFL.

Who is MT or did you mean Thomas Miles ( TM )? If so retirement could be a possibility but he's not that old and a great ST guy.

I could see Nevis being in the cards if Richardson doesn't return. He may be over playing his hand with less than a full season in his career. Many DL still may reach free agency.

It will become a case of musical chairs for some of these players. There will be more leverage for teams than players IMO.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 01, 2021, 06:53:42 PM
I think there will be some 11th hour signings, I don't think Mr. Walters is finished yet.

I think Pete is looking for a place where he has a chance to start. I say he ends up in Ottawa.

Exume who is a Montreal boy is probably testing the market.

Medlock never signs early, could retire.

TM has been offered a contact, but could also be looking at retirement. Nice way to go with a GC, playing for your home City. Miles is a big part of Winnipeg and many charities here in the city. Miles also won the Good Guy Award in 2019. 

Richardson probably is looking to get paid, Bombers mite be talking with Nevis this week.

The Herdman brothers are both FA's and are interested in playing at home. Jordan can play MLB, would be a nice backup for AB4.


AB4 and TM52 are the Bombers Player Reps for the CFLPA.




Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on February 02, 2021, 01:06:19 PM
I think there will be some 11th hour signings, I don't think Mr. Walters is finished yet.

I think Pete is looking for a place where he has a chance to start. I say he ends up in Ottawa.

Exume who is a Montreal boy is probably testing the market.

Medlock never signs early, could retire.

TM has been offered a contact, but could also be looking at retirement. Nice way to go with a GC, playing for your home City. Miles is a big part of Winnipeg and many charities here in the city. Miles also won the Good Guy Award in 2019. 

Richardson probably is looking to get paid, Bombers mite be talking with Nevis this week.

The Herdman brothers are both FA's and are interested in playing at home. Jordan can play MLB, would be a nice backup for AB4.



Nevis or perhaps even Sewell.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on February 02, 2021, 01:07:24 PM
I agree with most of that. Petermann probably will get interest from Ottawa from Lapo and Nichols. Perhaps Lawler as well if he is returning to CFL.

Who is MT or did you mean Thomas Miles ( TM )? If so retirement could be a possibility but he's not that old and a great ST guy.

I could see Nevis being in the cards if Richardson doesn't return. He may be over playing his hand with less than a full season in his career. Many DL still may reach free agency.

It will become a case of musical chairs for some of these players. There will be more leverage for teams than players IMO.

Petermann will get a ton of interest if he hits FA. He is ready for FT work.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Jesse on February 02, 2021, 04:47:42 PM
Nevis or perhaps even Sewell.

I was wondering about that myself - it seems like a Walters move.

Seems so ridiculous though.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 02, 2021, 05:47:44 PM
I was wondering about that myself - it seems like a Walters move.

Seems so ridiculous though.

Richardson would be much less expensive in theory and played well. Nevis will be more expensive but how much more I don't know. Sewell will be the most expensive of the 3. I'd be happy with any of those 3 unless it costs us elsewhere?

It's always a domino situation, SMS versus availability with multiple positions in the mix.

Our priority is most likely receiver. If we spend and land one then there will be less available to fill other areas of interest.  Several balls in the air at one time so to speak.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue Guess Who on February 02, 2021, 07:13:31 PM
Petermann will get a ton of interest if he hits FA. He is ready for FT work.

 I agree - he is a receiver talent.

 Proof will be in the pudding though - signed by a team in receiver need (like Ottawa) and given a real shot to start (and not pre-judged a back-up)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on February 02, 2021, 07:21:01 PM
I agree - he is a receiver talent.

 Proof will be in the pudding though - signed by a team in receiver need (like Ottawa) and given a real shot to start (and not pre-judged a back-up)

The only thing that kept Petermann from FT work already was some very good play by Wolitarsky and Demski. Petermann looked really good in his injury opportunities. He could help a few teams out. Selfishly, I hope he agrees to stay...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 02, 2021, 07:42:25 PM
Really like Pete. One of the hardest working guys in practice. Rick House 2.0. But I think he would like be in the starting line up. With Lapo and Matt in Ottawa, I think he lands in Ottawa.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 04, 2021, 04:36:15 AM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH RECEIVER KENNY LAWLER

WINNIPEG, MB., February 3, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American receiver Kenny Lawler on a one-year contract extension. He was scheduled to become a free agent on February 9th.

Lawler (6-3, 195, California; DOB: June 25, 1994, in Ponoma, CA) returns to the Bombers for a second season after first being signed to the practice roster in October of 2018.

Lawler had a solid first season with the Bombers in 2019, leading the club with 637 receiving yards on 41 receptions - four of them for touchdowns. Those numbers helped him earn honours as the Bombers Most Outstanding Rookie Player.

Lawler started 16 regular-season games for the Bombers in 2019 as well as the three playoff games, in which he added eight receptions for 126 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown in the West Final victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Lawler first came to the Canadian Football League with the B.C. Lions in 2018, attending their training camp that season before being released. A seventh-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2016, he spent time on their practice squad that year and in 2017.

He played three years with the California Golden Bears, catching 143 passes for 1,706 yards and 27 touchdowns (mostly from Detroit Lions quarterback, Jared Goff), before entering the NFL draft after his junior season.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/03/blue-bombers-agree-terms-receiver-kenny-lawler/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/03/blue-bombers-agree-terms-receiver-kenny-lawler/)

"I SEE MYSELF BEING AN ALL-STAR" - LAWLER SETS GOALS FOR 2021
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/03/see-star-lawler-sets-goals-2021/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/03/see-star-lawler-sets-goals-2021/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on February 04, 2021, 02:37:46 PM
Welcome back Janarion Grant!! That's a relief...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 04, 2021, 02:54:50 PM
Welcome back Janarion Grant!! That's a relief...

Great to get him back. I wasn't sure we'd get either Lawler or Grant back for 2021. I'd also like to see Whitehead back but if we don't we improved our situation for returner.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on February 04, 2021, 03:31:14 PM
Great to get him back. I wasn't sure we'd get either Lawler or Grant back for 2021. I'd also like to see Whitehead back but if we don't we improved our situation for returner.

Whitehead is a take it or leave it for me. I was not impressed by his play at receiver and Grant was clearly the better PR/KR.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 04, 2021, 03:52:30 PM
With Grant back I don't know if we need Lucky. Mr. Walters filling in our roster one at a time. Richardson, Exume, Latour, next please.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 04, 2021, 04:54:07 PM
Whitehead is a take it or leave it for me. I was not impressed by his play at receiver and Grant was clearly the better PR/KR.

Not every receiver is 1a after their 1st CFL season. I'd expect him to improve significantly in his 2nd year if he re-signs. His speed and field of vision is something you can't teach.  You should re-watch his opening K/O TD against the Argos last summer.

B. Banks wasn't a very good receiver for his first few years. Development and how an OC uses him come into play.

I wouldn't want to overpay to get him. Not sure how much Lawler or Grant got coming off their ELC's.

If there is no or little signing bonus it's worth bringing him to TC until we find new depth. One advantage with a rookie receiver is the ability to stash them on the PR.

Whitehead's 2019 stats. 322 YAC, 10 yard average. Not sure what more you want from a 1st year receiver.

 2019
   WPG    15    52    72    521    322    2    10.0    75


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue Guess Who on February 04, 2021, 05:06:13 PM
Not every receiver is 1a after their 1st CFL season. I'd expect him to improve significantly in his 2nd year if he re-signs. His speed and field of vision is something you can't teach.  You should re-watch his opening K/O TD against the Argos last summer.

B. Banks wasn't a very good receiver for his first few years. Development and how an OC uses him come into play.

I wouldn't want to overpay to get him. Not sure how much Lawler or Grant got coming off their ELC's.

If there is no or little signing bonus it's worth bringing him to TC until we find new depth. One advantage with a rookie receiver is the ability to stash them on the PR.

Whitehead's 2019 stats. 322 YAC, 10 yard average. Not sure what more you want from a 1st year receiver.

 2019
   WPG    15    52    72    521    322    2    10.0    75

 Good point about Banks;  similar resume as Whitehead - coming to the CFL from the NFL where he was more a return specialist.  I thought Banks really struggled when he first played receiver for the Ticats, with drops galore, so i was going to write him off as one of those return guys who couldn't cut it as a full time pro receiver;  but he proved me wrong - developed or improved his hands and route running  to go with the blazing speed = now he's one of the CFL best IMO.  Be nice if Whitehead could make that step too.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 04, 2021, 05:21:12 PM
Good point about Banks;  similar resume as Whitehead - coming to the CFL from the NFL where he was more a return specialist.  I thought Banks really struggled when he first played receiver for the Ticats, with drops galore, so i was going to write him off as one of those return guys who couldn't cut it as a full time pro receiver;  but he proved me wrong - developed or improved his hands and route running  to go with the blazing speed = now he's one of the CFL best IMO.  Be nice if Whitehead could make that step too.

Yeah, he has potential but that doesn't mean he automatically succeeds either. I'm interested in some of the new rookie signings but it's the same thing. Until they become the next D. Walker or B. Burnham it's just that: potential.

It's a cost / benefit risk analysis. Lawler might be that " next " allstar. He's showed very good promise and I expect he'll be even better in year 2.

I don't know if the Bombers are even trying to sign Whitehead or whether he wants to go elsewhere.

Some posters have made reasonable comments about no need to bring him back. They may be correct. Time will tell but if it was up to me I'd bring him to TC unless his SMS request is off the charts. Nelson is in the mix and similar.

EDIT: take a stroll through annual Bomber receiving stats. It's strewn with receivers that didn't last a season. Compared to those players he's an all star.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on February 04, 2021, 06:35:23 PM
Yeah, he has potential but that doesn't mean he automatically succeeds either. I'm interested in some of the new rookie signings but it's the same thing. Until they become the next D. Walker or B. Burnham it's just that: potential.

It's a cost / benefit risk analysis. Lawler might be that " next " allstar. He's showed very good promise and I expect he'll be even better in year 2.

I don't know if the Bombers are even trying to sign Whitehead or whether he wants to go elsewhere.

Some posters have made reasonable comments about no need to bring him back. They may be correct. Time will tell but if it was up to me I'd bring him to TC unless his SMS request is off the charts. Nelson is in the mix and similar.

EDIT: take a stroll through annual Bomber receiving stats. It's strewn with receivers that didn't last a season. Compared to those players he's an all star.

I'm not against the idea of re-signing Lucky, just imo it would be kind of a redundant signing now that we have Grant. However, if we don't have anyone potentially better in the pipeline and the price is right...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 04, 2021, 06:54:25 PM
I'm not against the idea of re-signing Lucky, just imo it would be kind of a redundant signing now that we have Grant. However, if we don't have anyone potentially better in the pipeline and the price is right...

I understand what you commented and don't disagree. Redundant is a fair comment. Given a choice I'd prefer Whitehead to Nelson but he showed some promise as well.

Ratio, SMS and roster size. It's a juggling act. One slight injury in TC gets a guy with potential shown the door., for example. Some flash in TC only to fail in regular games.

As I've mentioned some of the rookies sound good but that's true every off season.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on February 04, 2021, 09:30:29 PM
It seems returners are one of the easiest positions to fill, there are tons of burners out there.  Finding ones that have hands, that's harder. 

Ones that have hands and can make open field moves, those are keepers. 

But until you get them into game action against teams that have tape on them, you don't know if they will have staying power in the league...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 05, 2021, 02:42:33 AM
BLUE BOMBERS RE-SIGN RECEIVER/RETURNER JANARION GRANT

WINNIPEG, MB., February 4, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American receiver/returner Janarion Grant on a one-year contract extension. He was scheduled to become a free agent on February 9th.

Grant was originally added to the club`s practice roster in July of 2019, and went on to appear in eleven regular-season games and the three playoff contests as a designated import, lining up occasionally at receiver and serving as the club`s primary kickoff returner.

Despite playing in just 11 games, Grant led the Bombers with 591 yards on 41 punt returns - three for touchdowns - and also led the team with 600 yards on 25 kickoff returns. In addition, he returned one missed field goal for 61 yards.

Grant`s Bomber debut (August 8 vs Calgary) saw him return two punts for touchdowns, finishing the game with 306 yards in punt and kickoff return yards. His 222 punt-return yards established a Bombers club record and ranked as the third-highest single-game total in CFL history.

Grant came to the Bombers after attending training camp with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2019. He first broke into the professional ranks as an undrafted free agent, signing with the Baltimore Ravens on May 7, 2018. He made the Ravens final roster as the primary kick and punt returner, but was released in late September of that season.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/04/blue-bombers-re-sign-receiver-returner-janarion-grant/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/04/blue-bombers-re-sign-receiver-returner-janarion-grant/)

"I WANT TO PLAY ALL PHASES" - GRANT EXTENDED FOR ONE MORE YEAR

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/04/want-play-phases-grant-extended-one-year/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/04/want-play-phases-grant-extended-one-year/)


Transactions:

2021-02-04   WPG   NICHOLS, Deatrick   DB   A   South Florida   Add To   Active Roster
2021-02-04   WPG   GRANT, Janarion   WR   A   Rutgers   Add To   Active Roster
2021-02-04   WPG   LAWLER, Kenny   WR   A   California   Add To   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 05, 2021, 03:41:26 PM
Richardson, check another one off my list.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on February 05, 2021, 03:43:38 PM
PLAYER    A/N/G    POS    COLLEGE    STATUS
ALEXANDER, Brandon    A    DB    Central Florida    Extended (01/11/21)
ANTIGHA, Oluwatobi    A    DL    Presbyterian College    Extended (01/08/21)
BAILEY, Rasheed    A    WR    Delaware Valley    Extended (01/14/21)
BRIGGS, Jesse    N    LB    McGill    Extended (01/20/21)
BRYANT, Stanley    A    OL    East Carolina    Extended (01/05/21)
CALVER, Brandon    N    LB    Wilfrid Laurier    
DEMSKI , Nic    N    WR    Manitoba    Extended (01/05/21)
EXUME, Kerfalla-Emmanuel    N    DB    Montreal    
FEOLI GUDINO, Julian    N    WR    Laval    

GAUTHIER, Shayne    N    LB    Laval    Extended (01/08/21)
GRANT, Janarion    A    WR    Rutgers    Extended (02/04/21)
GRAY, Geoff    N    OL    Manitoba    Extended (01/08/21)
HARDRICK, Jermarcus    A    OL    Nebraska    Extended (12/30/20)
HARRIS, Andrew    N    RB    Nanaimo Raiders Jr.    Extended (01/15/21)
JEFFCOAT, Jackson    A    DL    Texas    Extended (01/08/21)
JOHNSON, Josh    A    DB    Purdue    Extended (01/16/21)
LATOUR, Maxime    N    LS    Sherbrooke    
LAWLER, Kenny    A    WR    California    Extended (02/03/21)
LYLES, Chris    A    DB    Mississippi College    
MASTON, Mercy    A    LB    Boise State    Extended (01/07/22)
MCGUIRE, Sean    A    QB    Western Illinois    Extended (12/31/20)
MEDLOCK, Justin    A    K    UCLA    
MILES, Thomas    N    LB    Manitoba
   
MILLER, Mike    N    FB    Acadia    Extended (01/07/21)
NEUFELD, Patrick    N    OL    Saskatchewan    Extended (01/19/21)
PETERMANN, Daniel    N    WR    McMaster    
REMPEL, Chad    N    LS    Saskatchewan    

RICHARDSON, Steven    A    DL    Minnesota    Extended (02/05/21)
RUSH , John    N    LB    Guelph    
SPELLER, Cody    N    OL    McMaster    Traded to TOR (01/27/21) Signed w/ TOR (01/31/21)
TAYLOR, Nicholas    A    DB    Florida International    Extended (01/07/22)
THOMAS, Jake    N    DL    Acadia    Extended (01/04/21)
WHITEHEAD, Lucky    A    WR    Florida Atlantic    
WILLIAMS, Darrell    A    OL    South Florida    Retired
WILSON, Kyrie    A    LB    Fresno State    Extended (01/13/21)


Such a small list of "left to decide on", none other than LS, P/K  are "must haves"


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 05, 2021, 03:53:11 PM
PLAYER    A/N/G    POS    COLLEGE    STATUS
ALEXANDER, Brandon    A    DB    Central Florida    Extended (01/11/21)
ANTIGHA, Oluwatobi    A    DL    Presbyterian College    Extended (01/08/21)
BAILEY, Rasheed    A    WR    Delaware Valley    Extended (01/14/21)
BRIGGS, Jesse    N    LB    McGill    Extended (01/20/21)
BRYANT, Stanley    A    OL    East Carolina    Extended (01/05/21)
CALVER, Brandon    N    LB    Wilfrid Laurier    
DEMSKI , Nic    N    WR    Manitoba    Extended (01/05/21)
EXUME, Kerfalla-Emmanuel    N    DB    Montreal    
FEOLI GUDINO, Julian    N    WR    Laval    

GAUTHIER, Shayne    N    LB    Laval    Extended (01/08/21)
GRANT, Janarion    A    WR    Rutgers    Extended (02/04/21)
GRAY, Geoff    N    OL    Manitoba    Extended (01/08/21)
HARDRICK, Jermarcus    A    OL    Nebraska    Extended (12/30/20)
HARRIS, Andrew    N    RB    Nanaimo Raiders Jr.    Extended (01/15/21)
JEFFCOAT, Jackson    A    DL    Texas    Extended (01/08/21)
JOHNSON, Josh    A    DB    Purdue    Extended (01/16/21)
LATOUR, Maxime    N    LS    Sherbrooke    
LAWLER, Kenny    A    WR    California    Extended (02/03/21)
LYLES, Chris    A    DB    Mississippi College    
MASTON, Mercy    A    LB    Boise State    Extended (01/07/22)
MCGUIRE, Sean    A    QB    Western Illinois    Extended (12/31/20)
MEDLOCK, Justin    A    K    UCLA    
MILES, Thomas    N    LB    Manitoba
   
MILLER, Mike    N    FB    Acadia    Extended (01/07/21)
NEUFELD, Patrick    N    OL    Saskatchewan    Extended (01/19/21)
PETERMANN, Daniel    N    WR    McMaster    
REMPEL, Chad    N    LS    Saskatchewan    

RICHARDSON, Steven    A    DL    Minnesota    Extended (02/05/21)
RUSH , John    N    LB    Guelph    
SPELLER, Cody    N    OL    McMaster    Traded to TOR (01/27/21) Signed w/ TOR (01/31/21)
TAYLOR, Nicholas    A    DB    Florida International    Extended (01/07/22)
THOMAS, Jake    N    DL    Acadia    Extended (01/04/21)
WHITEHEAD, Lucky    A    WR    Florida Atlantic    
WILLIAMS, Darrell    A    OL    South Florida    Retired
WILSON, Kyrie    A    LB    Fresno State    Extended (01/13/21)


Such a small list of "left to decide on", none other than LS, P/K  are "must haves"

It's a very short list. There appears to be a very good chance that we'll be moving on from most of them.

While there are 5 I'd like to get back, none are more important than the LS and decision on Medlock.

I'm not sure if Medlock is considering retirement or the team is moving on. He's always a late re-signer. We'll know soon enough I suppose.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Horseman on February 05, 2021, 04:08:40 PM
My choices to re-sign are:
Medlock for sure.
I would sign the other LS Latour, as Rempel is replaceable with a younger player.
I want Lucky back this year, exciting player when he gets the ball.

The rest can skate.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 05, 2021, 04:30:50 PM
My choices to re-sign are:
Medlock for sure.
I would sign the other LS Latour, as Rempel is replaceable with a younger player.
I want Lucky back this year, exciting player when he gets the ball.

The rest can skate.

Normally I'd want Medlock back. This year may be a different question for a few reasons.

We drafted and signed Liegghio who reportedly is an excellent dual purpose kicker.

IIRC Medlock was going to be a $180K SMS hit in 2020. Even if he takes a 20% cut that's $144K for 2021. Liegghio as an ELC will be about $65K. That's a big difference and we may be able to utilize the extra SMS elsewhere. In the new era of SMS floor spending that may be a factor.

Liegghio is a Canadian and that gives us back 1 DI spot to use differently.

So I wouldn't say Medlock is a for sure call. He certainly could play for several more seasons and be the best or 2nd best in the CFL.

I wouldn't bet one way or the other which way this will work out.


I'd like Exume and Petermann back. Miles to a lesser degree. Not sure any will be back. We'll have 12 draft choices coming to TC. Exume might be headed to Edmonton and Petermann possibly to Ottawa.

Whitehead has been discussed. I'd like him back but good arguments have been made as to why that might not happen. Without knowing his SMS and / or bonus situation it's difficult to totally understand.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 05, 2021, 05:31:24 PM
My choices to re-sign are:
Medlock for sure.
I would sign the other LS Latour, as Rempel is replaceable with a younger player.
I want Lucky back this year, exciting player when he gets the ball.

The rest can skate.

I am Exume, Latour, Miles, and done. Love Medlock but but at what cost. Also Leggs is suppose to be the real deal so I am okay giving him a shot.

Wasn't there a young Winnipeg Kid that was with the Bomber for a couple weeks last year that was a long snapper.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 05, 2021, 06:15:03 PM
I am Exume, Latour, Miles, and done. Love Medlock but but at what cost. Also Leggs is suppose to be the real deal so I am okay giving him a shot.

Wasn't there a young Winnipeg Kid that was with the Bomber for a couple weeks last year that was a long snapper.

Are you sure you weren't thinking of Latour? He's the LS for the future at the moment.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: blue_or_die on February 05, 2021, 06:17:03 PM
I am surprised we haven't brought Thomas Miles back. He's cheap, local, a great STer, a serviceable MLB backup, and great community and team guy.

I'm wondering if he's contemplating moving on from football. I know he was working on an MBA and might have his future opportunity already in the works. With that, I kinda doubt he plays football anywhere else but here.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 05, 2021, 06:28:53 PM
I am surprised we haven't brought Thomas Miles back. He's cheap, local, a great STer, a serviceable MLB backup, and great community and team guy.

I'm wondering if he's contemplating moving on from football. I know he was working on an MBA and might have his future opportunity already in the works. With that, I kinda doubt he plays football anywhere else but here.

I think he mite be thinking about life after football right now. What a way to retire, GC for your hometown team and in great health. Love to see him back. Big part of some of those goal line stands and 3rd down shut downs. 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 05, 2021, 10:44:49 PM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSIVE TACKLE STEVEN RICHARDSON

WINNIPEG, MB., February 5, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with American defensive tackle Steven Richardson on a one-year contract extension. Richardson was scheduled to become a free agent on February 9th.

Richardson originally joined the organization on May 18, 2019 after he had spent the 2018 season on the Los Angeles Chargers` practice roster. He had an impressive first season in the Canadian Football League in 2019, dressing for all 18 games, 14 of them starts, as well as all three playoff contests.

Richardson finished the 2019 season with 25 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for a loss.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/05/375658/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/05/375658/)

RICHARDSON LOOKING TO GROW, IMPROVE IN HIS SECOND CFL SEASON
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/05/richardson-looking-grow-improve-second-cfl-season/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/05/richardson-looking-grow-improve-second-cfl-season/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 05, 2021, 10:46:20 PM
BLUE BOMBERS ADD DEFENSIVE BACK DEATRICK NICHOLS

WINNIPEG, MB., February 5, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the team has signed American cornerback Deatrick Nichols.

Nichols (5-10, 190, South Florida, June 8, 1994 in Miami, FL) was most recently (2020) with the Miami Dolphins. He played two games for Arizona in 2018 and spent the 2019 offseason with the Cardinals. Nichols played for the Houston Roughnecks (XFL) in 2020 and led the league with three interceptions before the remainder of the season was canceled. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with Arizona on May 11, 2018.

Nichols played collegiately at South Florida, starting in his final three seasons, and finished his time there with 175 tackles, 11 interceptions (third most in school history), 24 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one sack and 14.5 tackles for loss in 50 games played.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/05/blue-bombers-add-defensive-back-deatrick-nichols/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/05/blue-bombers-add-defensive-back-deatrick-nichols/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 07, 2021, 06:10:47 PM
Back to the bomber roster, I hope Mr. Walter's has a couple of signing left in him before FA starts.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ModAdmin on February 08, 2021, 04:08:13 PM
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Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 08, 2021, 04:13:38 PM
Thank you Mr. Mod.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 09, 2021, 07:12:56 PM
Bombers that hit free agency:
                                   
John Rush                         
Lucky Whitehead - signed with BC Feb 9                                                           
Daniel Petermann                                         
Julian Feoli-Gudino
Justin Medlock                                         
Chad Rempel                                       
Maxime Latour                                     
Brandon Calver                                           
Thomas Miles                               
Kerfalla Exume     

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2021-02-09   WPG   WILLIAMS, Darrell   OL   A   South Florida   Delete From Retired   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   JOHNSON, Jovon   DB   A   Iowa   Delete From Retired   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   WHITEHEAD, Lucky   WR   A   Florida Atlantic   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   RUSH, John   LB   N   Guelph   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   REMPEL, Chad   LS   N   Saskatchewan   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   PETERMANN, Daniel   WR   N   McMaster   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   MILES, Thomas   LB   N   Manitoba   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   MEDLOCK, Justin   K   A   UCLA   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   LATOUR, Maxime   OL   N   Sherbrooke   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   FEOLI GUDINO, Julian   WR   N   Laval   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-02-09   WPG   EXUME, Kerfalla-Emmanuel   DB   N   Montreal   Delete From Active   Free Agent
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Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: The Zipp on February 10, 2021, 03:13:28 PM
I like this group of receivers:

Darvin Adams
Kenny Lawler
Bryant Mitchell
Rasheed Bailey
Drew W
Nic Demski

With Collaros healthy and ready to go I think our air attack will be the best in years!!


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 10, 2021, 03:20:11 PM
I like this group of receivers:

Darvin Adams
Kenny Lawler
Bryant Mitchell
Rasheed Bailey
Drew W
Nic Demski

With Collaros healthy and ready to go I think our air attack will be the best in years!!

Mitchell is a great addition. We might be able to keep 2 import receivers as DI's ( Grant + 1 TBD ).  It will be usual vigorous TC battle at receiver.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on February 10, 2021, 03:45:17 PM
Mitchell is a great addition. We might be able to keep 2 import receivers as DI's ( Grant + 1 TBD ).  It will be usual vigorous TC battle at receiver.



I think that is improbable.  Grant is a lock an one DI, I agree with that.  But even assuming Medlock retires, I am thinking the other DI spots will be at DE, LB and DB.    You just couldn't get another DI receiver on the field enough to justify it. 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 10, 2021, 04:18:32 PM
I think that is improbable.  Grant is a lock an one DI, I agree with that.  But even assuming Medlock retires, I am thinking the other DI spots will be at DE, LB and DB.    You just couldn't get another DI receiver on the field enough to justify it. 

Yes it's improbable but it's possible. Like every season, injuries can dictate changes game to game.

In 2021 we're adding a 2nd Global player who is effectively a DI. We already have Hansen and he's a DE so I doubt we have a DI that is a DE. More likely a DT or a LB.

We'll have to see what position the 2nd Global player plays and whether that impacts choices for DI's.

Generally agree 2 receivers is unlikely. What that means for Bailey and Nelson is not as clear.  Neither may be willing to sit on the PR. So the other choice is 1 game IR unless there is an actual TC injury.

While I'm not expecting it, perhaps a draft choice is the " back up " LB or DT.

All this depends on Medlock not returning so that's a ball in the air somewhat.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on February 10, 2021, 06:01:10 PM
Yes it's improbable but it's possible. Like every season, injuries can dictate changes game to game.

In 2021 we're adding a 2nd Global player who is effectively a DI. We already have Hansen and he's a DE so I doubt we have a DI that is a DE. More likely a DT or a LB.

We'll have to see what position the 2nd Global player plays and whether that impacts choices for DI's.

Generally agree 2 receivers is unlikely. What that means for Bailey and Nelson is not as clear.  Neither may be willing to sit on the PR. So the other choice is 1 game IR unless there is an actual TC injury.

While I'm not expecting it, perhaps a draft choice is the " back up " LB or DT.

All this depends on Medlock not returning so that's a ball in the air somewhat.

Fair point about Hansen, but even once he settled in as a DE, we still had Kongbo rotating in at DE.  Before that, Roh dressed as a DI to give us those extra legs for DE.  I expect this year we will start Jefferson and Jeffcoat at the ends with Hansen as the back-up, Thomas and Richardson in the interior, Griffiths as the back-up, and most likely Toby Antigha as the swiss army knife DL as a DI.  He's primarily a DE, but there were lots of sets where we had 4 DEs on the field at once, so I think that continues.

I think there is a good chance our second Global player ends up being a kicker. 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 10, 2021, 06:15:56 PM
Fair point about Hansen, but even once he settled in as a DE, we still had Kongbo rotating in at DE.  Before that, Roh dressed as a DI to give us those extra legs for DE.  I expect this year we will start Jefferson and Jeffcoat at the ends with Hansen as the back-up, Thomas and Richardson in the interior, Griffiths as the back-up, and most likely Toby Antigha as the swiss army knife DL as a DI.  He's primarily a DE, but there were lots of sets where we had 4 DEs on the field at once, so I think that continues.

I think there is a good chance our second Global player ends up being a kicker. 

I'm a little concerned about the DT position. Thomas played well but never was the primary DT. Losing Kongbo at DE hurts and IMO we still need to find out who is the rotational player at DT and in general.

Griffiths or ? are still question marks but that might be the direction we go. We know what we get with Antigua at DE, he's a good player.  That still leaves DT " thinner depth wise " at the moment and unproven.

I'm fairly confidant in Liegghio is the primary kicker but maybe that's where we see a Global added as well.

I joking suggested we find a cousin of Calvillo that is a QB. You never know. lol


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on February 10, 2021, 06:19:30 PM
I'm a little concerned about the DT position. Thomas played well but never was the primary DT. Losing Kongbo hurts and IMO we still need to find out who is the rotational player at DT and in general.

Griffiths or ? are still question marks but that might be the direction we go.

I'm fairly confidant in Liegghio is the primary kicker but maybe that's where we see a Global added as well.

I joking suggested we find a cousin of Calvillo that is a QB. You never know. lol

I think we have a DL that may have 1 or fewer DT's on most plays... 2 on short yardage downs...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 10, 2021, 06:39:55 PM
I think we have a DL that may have 1 or fewer DT's on most plays... 2 on short yardage downs...

Yes but that doesn't mean we don't need a 2nd quality DT, normally an import. The Canadian DT's could be great, we'll see.

Look at the Grey Cup depth chart. We had Richardson and Nevis as starters and only Thomas as a Canadian DT. 

This year we'll have 1 less Canadian spot on the game day roster due to adding another Global player.

So variables are who we draft or drafted both in Canadian and Global drafts.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on February 10, 2021, 07:41:13 PM
Yes but that doesn't mean we don't need a 2nd quality DT, normally an import. The Canadian DT's could be great, we'll see.

Look at the Grey Cup depth chart. We had Richardson and Nevis as starters and only Thomas as a Canadian DT. 

This year we'll have 1 less Canadian spot on the game day roster due to adding another Global player.

So variables are who we draft or drafted both in Canadian and Global drafts.

Even with the goofy new "veteran Americans who masquerade as Canadians" rule, we still need 7 Canadian starters.  I see six of those on the offensive side of the ball, same as last year.  The interior of the o-line, RB, and 2 receivers.

We need to have at least one defensive starter, and until I see evidence to the contrary, Thomas/Griffiths are going to be it.  Thomas rotated in a lot last year, but I agree that he can't carry the load on his own.  Griffiths will have to pitch in.  We will sign an import DT I think, but a PR guy more likely than not. 

I guess we could pull a Throwback Thursday and sign Taylor Loffler to play safety again, but with Exume gone, I am thinking the longshot odds of a Canadian safety just got longer. 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 10, 2021, 07:52:54 PM
Even with the goofy new "veteran Americans who masquerade as Canadians" rule, we still need 7 Canadian starters.  I see six of those on the offensive side of the ball, same as last year.  The interior of the o-line, RB, and 2 receivers.

We need to have at least one defensive starter, and until I see evidence to the contrary, Thomas/Griffiths are going to be it.  Thomas rotated in a lot last year, but I agree that he can't carry the load on his own.  Griffiths will have to pitch in.  We will sign an import DT I think, but a PR guy more likely than not. 

I guess we could pull a Throwback Thursday and sign Taylor Loffler to play safety again, but with Exume gone, I am thinking the longshot odds of a Canadian safety just got longer. 

I expect DI's to be: returner / receiver, DT, LB and a DB if Medlock doesn't return. Another DT will be on the PR without doubt.

IMO only have a rookie DT backing up both DT's spots is trouble. Hence the idea of a Global possibility.

Really we'll see how the drafts go on both fronts.

I wouldn't rule out Loffler returning but SMS and 2019 injury are both concerns. We did add in Hallett's brother as another DB and have a 2020 draft choice to get signed. We also have the 3rd pick for 2021 which could be a DB or LB I'm thinking.

All guess work at the moment.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Horseman on February 10, 2021, 08:26:51 PM
No to Loffler, his knees are shot, when he was here, he barely practiced bc of his knees. He is an injury waiting to happen, plus he will be to expensive for what we would get out of him.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Jockitch on February 10, 2021, 08:33:40 PM
Someone, awhile back, posted that Petermann will end up in Ottawa  but yet hasn't signed
My hope is that Walters will resign him


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 10, 2021, 08:39:20 PM
That was me, and he is headed to Ottawa. Gone.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 11, 2021, 12:42:55 AM
Day one signing:

BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH WINNIPEG-BORN LONG SNAPPER MIKE BENSON

WINNIPEG, MB., February 9, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has agreed to terms with Winnipeg-born long snapper Mike Benson.

Benson (5-10, 245, Acadia, May 13, 1987 in Winnipeg, MB) was most recently with the Montreal Alouettes organization in 2020. He played five games with the Ottawa REDBLACKS in 2019. The 33-year-old long snapper started his career with Edmonton in 2012 before joining the B.C. Lions for five years.

Benson has played 89 career-games in the CFL and made 16 special teams tackles, while scoring a touchdown on a fumble return. Benson attended St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/09/blue-bombers-agree-terms-winnipeg-born-long-snapper-mike-benson/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/09/blue-bombers-agree-terms-winnipeg-born-long-snapper-mike-benson/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 11, 2021, 12:43:20 AM
Day two signing:

BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH RECEIVER BRYANT MITCHELL

WINNIPEG, MB., February 9, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with receiver Bryant Mitchell.

Mitchell
(6-2, 200, Northwestern State, August 16, 1992 in San Diego, CA) has spent three seasons in the CFL, most recently the 2018 campaign with Edmonton, where he recorded 60 receptions for 867 yards and three touchdowns in just eleven games.

Following the 2018 season, Mitchell signed with the Arizona Cardinals, and then moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was injured in training camp in 2019, however returned for 2020 training camp before being released.

Through 19 CFL games, Mitchell has recorded 97 receptions for 1,418 yards and six touchdowns.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/10/blue-bombers-agree-terms-receiver-bryant-mitchell/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/10/blue-bombers-agree-terms-receiver-bryant-mitchell/)

"THIS IS A TEAM PEOPLE WANT TO PLAY FOR" -  MITCHELL JOINS THE BLUE & GOLD

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/10/team-people-want-play-mitchell-joins-blue-gold/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/10/team-people-want-play-mitchell-joins-blue-gold/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: The Zipp on February 11, 2021, 01:19:52 AM
What are our options for punter/kicker if Medlock leaves?

Are we bringing in other options for QB?  I would like to see MBT but that isn't going to happen. 





Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 11, 2021, 01:24:00 PM
What are our options for punter/kicker if Medlock leaves?

Are we bringing in other options for QB?  I would like to see MBT but that isn't going to happen. 





We drafted Liegghio to fill Medlock's role.

We only have 2 QB's on the game day roster now. That makes is difficult to have any #3 QB that won't be sit on the PR.

If you sign a # 3 to put him on the 1 game IR then it's self defeating changing the game day roster limit.

Then there is the SMS issue in this season of reduced spend.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on February 11, 2021, 01:35:04 PM
We drafted Liegghio to fill Medlock's role.

We only have 2 QB's on the game day roster now. That makes is difficult to have any #3 QB that won't be sit on the PR.

If you sign a # 3 to put him on the 1 game IR then it's self defeating changing the game day roster limit.

Then there is the SMS issue in this season of reduced spend.

We will almost definitely be carrying a 3rd QB. It would be silly not to have one. That QB will quite likely be on the PR but being paid full game day cheques. PR pay has a minimum but no maximum.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: blue_or_die on February 11, 2021, 02:05:24 PM
Count me on board to picking up MBT (although I said this a while back before it was cool) if he isn't snapped up soon. Agreed we can PR him but pay him backup money.

Also, maybe an unpopular opinion, but I'm totally ok moving on from Medlock. Loved what he did for us but I'm excited to get a young, Canadian kicker (helping our DI situation) with a fantastic USports pedigree and far lower cap hit in there. There will be some lumps at first but I hope we are patient and groom him to be the next big CFL kicking star.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on February 11, 2021, 02:26:18 PM
PR counts full against the cap... yes there is no actual minimum, but SMS...

3rd QB is not "insurance policy" veteran. There will be one of those available at any time you put a QB on the 6 game.

3rd QB will be a development guy....


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 11, 2021, 02:33:03 PM
We will almost definitely be carrying a 3rd QB. It would be silly not to have one. That QB will quite likely be on the PR but being paid full game day cheques. PR pay has a minimum but no maximum.

Of course we'll have a #3 QB but the question was whether we can / will be able to afford a veteran QB.  Logic would suggest a rookie QB who would be closer to minimum and perhaps at actual minimum.

Also IIRC the Global players salaries were SMS exempt. The 1st one effectively replaced a # 3 QB on the game day AR. Why didn't they just adjust the roster up by 1 player to accommodate a # 3 QB. We're just going to have to hide him on the PR or 1 game IR and he'll still get whatever $$ he gets.

The other issue is that a given player may refuse a PR spot regardless of SS.

Crazy idea this Global thing.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on February 11, 2021, 02:35:18 PM
PR counts full against the cap... yes there is no actual minimum, but SMS...

3rd QB is not "insurance policy" veteran. There will be one of those available at any time you put a QB on the 6 game.

3rd QB will be a development guy....

I agree that it is highly unlikely we sign a vet for 3rd string. If the decision is made to go after a MBT or other vet it will be because the Bombers want him at 2nd string. If the Bombers are as high on McGuire as they say then it is quite likely our 3rd string will be a developmental guy making a league minimum salary on the PR. If we want to pay PR wages we quite likely will have a hard time getting a 3rd QB that is worth a snot. They will likely try gp to XFL instead.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Jesse on February 11, 2021, 03:03:41 PM
I agree that it is highly unlikely we sign a vet for 3rd string. If the decision is made to go after a MBT or other vet it will be because the Bombers want him at 2nd string. If the Bombers are as high on McGuire as they say then it is quite likely our 3rd string will be a developmental guy making a league minimum salary on the PR. If we want to pay PR wages we quite likely will have a hard time getting a 3rd QB that is worth a snot. They will likely try gp to XFL instead.

Yeah, no way we sign a vet. McGuire is locked in at #2 and we?ll sign some kid for the PR.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 11, 2021, 04:10:50 PM
Yeah, no way we sign a vet. McGuire is locked in at #2 and we?ll sign some kid for the PR.

I wouldn't say that McGuire is a lock at # 2. We're always optimistic about our back up QB's and maybe he turns out to be a great QB. At the moment it's his job to lose but there will be QB's in TC trying to change that.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: blue_or_die on February 11, 2021, 06:19:53 PM
You guys are putting way too much emphasis on the depth chart number. If Collaros goes down and we have McGuire (who makes peanuts, so we can afford to pay a "#2" salary to a "#3") plus a vet, you're **** right we have a serious conversation over who's taking over. I don't want potentially a full season of McGuire plus guy no one's heard of as our QB corps.

We are gambling on Collaros already. Need insurance.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 11, 2021, 06:26:30 PM
You guys are putting way too much emphasis on the depth chart number. If Collaros goes down and we have McGuire (who makes peanuts, so we can afford to pay a "#2" salary to a "#3") plus a vet, you're **** right we have a serious conversation over who's taking over. I don't want potentially a full season of McGuire plus guy no one's heard of as our QB corps.

We are gambling on Collaros already. Need insurance.

That's not the question. The question is what can we afford and who is available. MBT is probably the best available but he won't come cheap and will be looking for starting money.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 11, 2021, 07:10:16 PM
Give MBT $125,000 with incentive money for starts. Would a very good insurance policy.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 11, 2021, 07:17:40 PM
Give MBT $125,000 with incentive money for starts. Would a very good insurance policy.

Good insurance yes. Would he accept that type of contact? IMO he wouldn't although his options are limited now. His value goes up the minute a starting QB goes down.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 11, 2021, 07:25:06 PM
And that is why you pay him incentive money for starts.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Jesse on February 11, 2021, 09:45:30 PM
I wouldn't say that McGuire is a lock at # 2. We're always optimistic about our back up QB's and maybe he turns out to be a great QB. At the moment it's his job to lose but there will be QB's in TC trying to change that.

I do not think we sign a vet, is all I?m saying. If college kid comes in and outplays McGuire for #2, that?s fantastic.

In the scenario blue_or_die mentions, and Collaros is gone for the whole season, then we likely go out and find someone with experience (ala how we got Collaros in the first place). I don?t think it happens unless we are in that specific situation though.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on February 12, 2021, 06:23:30 AM
And that is why you pay him incentive money for starts.

No, he's saying MBT is better off waiting of one of 18 other QB's to go down, rather than limiting himself to hoping one of 2 get injured...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: blue_or_die on February 12, 2021, 04:13:28 PM
That's not the question. The question is what can we afford and who is available. MBT is probably the best available but he won't come cheap and will be looking for starting money.

I like to think we can afford to pay a QB backup money. He won't come at league min but he won't be a 400k guy either. In the past, many CFL teams budget for a vet backup QB in the 100-200k range. Maybe that's not doable this year because finances, maybe it is, who knows.

I do not think we sign a vet, is all I?m saying. If college kid comes in and outplays McGuire for #2, that?s fantastic.

In the scenario blue_or_die mentions, and Collaros is gone for the whole season, then we likely go out and find someone with experience (ala how we got Collaros in the first place). I don?t think it happens unless we are in that specific situation though.

That's totally possible but I'm on the MBT train because I don't want to risk him being snapped up before we get to him or his value skyrockets and we truly can't afford him.

No, he's saying MBT is better off waiting of one of 18 other QB's to go down, rather than limiting himself to hoping one of 2 get injured...


I guess but that's a gamble as well. What if that doesn't happen until Week 10 and then he's able to get a 250K contract but it's only prorated to half a season when he could take some guaranteed money from a team before the season starts?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 12, 2021, 04:55:51 PM
I wonder how much McGuire is earning? In any case I doubt MBT is anywhere below $200K. In fact I think he wants to start and is looking for $250+ ( just my opinion ). Now whether any team has the SMS room or need to spend at the QB position that is another question.

Then there is the issue of pushing McGuire off the game day roster before we really know what he can achieve.

Hindsight is always right and we could regret this by game 1 if there is an injury.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on February 12, 2021, 05:22:45 PM
Right now there's no starting QB positions open. So he's SOL on that. I don't know if he received any signing bonus money last year, but like a lot of CFL players money could be tight with no football last year. Not the year to be looking for a big pay day. 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 12, 2021, 05:37:11 PM
Right now there's no starting QB positions open. So he's SOL on that. I don't know if he received any signing bonus money last year, but like a lot of CFL players money could be tight with no football last year. Not the year to be looking for a big pay day. 

Any idea what MBT was earning in 2019 or what his 2020 contract would have been? It's not that I expect he wants a raise but doesn't want to take a significant cut. It's a musical chair situation for him.

Starters have been determined. Which teams are least comfortable at their # 2 QB position and willing to pay his SMS? So far, nobody has jumped to the front of the line.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 16, 2021, 10:44:00 PM
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2021-02-16   WPG   HENDERSON, Quadree   WR   A   Pittsburgh   Add To   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: VictorRomano on February 17, 2021, 01:31:08 AM
Competition to push Grant?  Kid looks like has wheels....Also, he looks good in Blue and Gold on film. :)

https://youtu.be/YMxRSLevtpA

Has some shake n bake that reminds me a bit of Charles Roberts.

https://youtu.be/C15O4ghr-Eg


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 19, 2021, 03:16:31 AM
BLUE BOMBERS ADD RECEIVER/RETURNER QUADREE HENDERSON

WINNIPEG, MB., February 17, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the team has signed American receiver/returner Quadree Henderson.

Henderson
(5-8, 190, Pittsburgh, September 12, 1996 in Wilmington, DE) has spent the past few seasons in the NFL, seeing action in five games with the Giants as their primary returner in 2018. He has also spent time on the practice rosters of the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers (2018 and 2019-2020) and Jacksonville Jaguars. Henderson went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Henderson was an All-American in 2016, leading the FBS with 1,166 total return yards. He was also named Second Team All-ACC in 2017 when he led the Panthers with 1,204 all-purpose yards. During three years at Pitt, he amassed 98 carries for 887 yards, 45 catches for 473 yards and 13 total touchdowns (seven kick return touchdowns).

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/17/blue-bombers-add-receiver-returner-quadree-henderson/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/17/blue-bombers-add-receiver-returner-quadree-henderson/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 19, 2021, 03:16:49 AM
Transactions:

2021-02-18   WPG   WALKER, Ricky   DL   A   Virginia Tech   Add To   Active Roster

Walker tried out for the Cowboys and Browns and played in the XFL last year. Word is he wasn't drafted in the NFL because he's only 6-2.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on February 19, 2021, 02:39:58 PM
Transactions:

2021-02-18   WPG   WALKER, Ricky   DL   A   Virginia Tech   Add To   Active Roster

Walker tried out for the Cowboys and Browns and played in the XFL last year. Word is he wasn't drafted in the NFL because he's only 6-2.

295 lbs and 6'2". A near identical body size to Richardson. I'd think a candidate for DT.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 19, 2021, 07:59:36 PM
BLUE BOMBERS ADD RICKY WALKER AND CHRISTIAN ANGULO TO ROSTER

WINNIPEG, MB., February 19, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the team has signed American defensive tackle Ricky Walker and American defensive back Christian Angulo.

Walker (6-2, 295, Virginia Tech, April 18, 1996 in Newport News, VA) was in camp in 2019 with Dallas and in 2020 with Cleveland. He was also with Tampa of the XFL during their season. Walker played four years at Virginia Tech, finishing with 31 starts and 50 games played. He tallied 127 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Angulo (6-2, 190, Hampton, February 17, 1997 in Coral Gables, FL) spent his first four collegiate seasons at Cincinnati, before transferring to Hampton for his final season. He immediately earned a starting role at cornerback and went on to compile 18 tackles, three interceptions, and 14 pass breakups (fifth in the FCS). He signed with the New York Giants after going undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft, however was released after training camp. Following his release from the Giants, Angulo spent time on the practice rosters of the 49ers and Colts during the 2020 NFL season.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/19/blue-bombers-add-ricky-walker-christian-angulo-roster/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/19/blue-bombers-add-ricky-walker-christian-angulo-roster/)


Transactions:

2021-02-19   WPG   ANGULO, Christian   DB   A   Hampton   Add To   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 24, 2021, 10:42:26 PM
Transactions:

2021-02-24   WPG   SCHIAFFINO PEREZ, Sergio   DB   A      Add To   Active Roster

Sergio is a Global player that was on the Bombers' practice roster during the 2019 season.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on February 25, 2021, 08:33:46 PM
Waiting for the announcement...


Bob Irving@BobIrvingCJOB
?
Just when you thought you?d heard of every conceivable small college in the U.S., the Blue Bombers announced the signing of a pair of guys from Mary Hardin-Baylor, & Tarleton State. Have to be decent athletes or the Bombers wouldn?t bother. Football players everywhere in the USA


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on February 25, 2021, 08:51:48 PM
BLUE BOMBERS ADD BLAKE JACKSON AND PRINCE ROBINSON TO ROSTER

WINNIPEG, MB., February 25, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the team has signed American receiver Blake Jackson and American defensive back Prince Robinson.

Jackson (5-11, 200, Mary Hardin-Baylor, March 7, 1994 in Houston, TX) was most recently with Houston of the XFL. He spent parts of 2018 on Cleveland's roster, seeing action in one game. Jackson played three seasons as a quarterback at Mary Hardin-Baylor, completing 311 of 487 pass attempts for 4,311 yards. He threw 49 touchdowns and led the Crusaders to a Division III national championship as a senior and was named Southwest Conference offensive player of the year and an all-American. Jackson also attended Calgary Stampeders training camp in 2018.

Robinson (6-0, 190, Tarleton State, September 12, 1997 in Houston, TX) led all Division II defenders with three interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2019. The Lone Star Conference Defensive Back of the Year excelled during his time with Tarleton State, finishing his two-year career with 118 tackles, nine interceptions (four returned for touchdowns), 37 passes defended and 3 forced fumbles in just 25 games. He also showcased an elite returner ability, where he scored three more touchdowns.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/25/blue-bombers-add-blake-jackson-prince-robinson-roster/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/02/25/blue-bombers-add-blake-jackson-prince-robinson-roster/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on March 06, 2021, 07:03:40 AM
Transactions:

2021-03-05   WPG   ROCQUEMORE, Jontrell   LB   N   Utah State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-03-05   WPG   WILLIAMS, James   RB   N   Washington State   Add To   Active Roster

Both guys were previously signed by the Bombers and were released last Sept.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on March 06, 2021, 01:51:39 PM
Transactions:

2021-03-05   WPG   ROCQUEMORE, Jontrell   LB   N   Utah State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-03-05   WPG   WILLIAMS, James   RB   N   Washington State   Add To   Active Roster

Both guys were previously signed by the Bombers and were released last Sept.

Most teams seem to be bringing back many of the rookies that were signed for TC 2020. Our current roster is about 80 players or so.

I haven't seen any information about any tryout camps announced. It may be that there might not be a large number of newer " 2021 finds " as a result?



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on March 08, 2021, 03:06:28 PM
I am a bit worried about our NAT depth at the moment. Not on the OL, we are well covered there. However, I don't see much behind Woli and Demski at receiver and we are in no man's land for D starters. Jake Thomas is capable but is not an every down player, other than that we don't have another capable starter on D unless one of the Hallett's emerge. The loss of Exume and Petermann are looming large right now if injury hits. KWs offseason cannot be done yet. We need 1-2 NATs for the DL, and at least one reasonable receiver substitute.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on March 08, 2021, 04:39:49 PM
I am a bit worried about our NAT depth at the moment. Not on the OL, we are well covered there. However, I don't see much behind Woli and Demski at receiver and we are in no man's land for D starters. Jake Thomas is capable but is not an every down player, other than that we don't have another capable starter on D unless one of the Hallett's emerge. The loss of Exume and Petermann are looming large right now if injury hits. KWs offseason cannot be done yet. We need 1-2 NATs for the DL, and at least one reasonable receiver substitute.

Yeah me too. OTOH we'll have about 12 draft choices from 2020 and 2021 going to TC.  I don't think we've signed Orange-O'Leary yet but I was expecting him to make the roster as the back up receiver.

I wonder if there is some idea of looking at / developing Oliveria and / or Augustine receiver skills beyond their role as RB's. I'd already considered that Oliveria might be looked at in the role of a FB replacing Rush on the AR.

It would seem Augustine will be the primary back up RB on the AR. The role for Oliveria is not as clear at the moment. He may be a good RB but I don't know much about his receiving or blocking capabilities. He's be an offensive threat more so than Rush or Miles if he can adapt those other skills.

We have the # 3 pick in the 2021 draft. That could be an important decision.

I like the Canadian talent we have but there are some questions to be addressed particularly on defense.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on March 08, 2021, 08:05:53 PM
I am a bit worried about our NAT depth at the moment. Not on the OL, we are well covered there. However, I don't see much behind Woli and Demski at receiver and we are in no man's land for D starters. Jake Thomas is capable but is not an every down player, other than that we don't have another capable starter on D unless one of the Hallett's emerge. The loss of Exume and Petermann are looming large right now if injury hits. KWs offseason cannot be done yet. We need 1-2 NATs for the DL, and at least one reasonable receiver substitute.

Plus, we flip to Nat on P/K...

Oline, Harris, Demski and Woli means 1 player on D...  Thomas rotating with a new DP somewhere on the field shouldn't be an issue... would be nice if we have a DE for the Cheetah to swap Thomas out for...  we did draft a few LB's (usually ST fodder) and a DL... and who knows who we draft this year, or if Kongbo comes back...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on March 08, 2021, 10:10:38 PM
I am a bit worried about our NAT depth at the moment. Not on the OL, we are well covered there. However, I don't see much behind Woli and Demski at receiver and we are in no man's land for D starters. Jake Thomas is capable but is not an every down player, other than that we don't have another capable starter on D unless one of the Hallett's emerge. The loss of Exume and Petermann are looming large right now if injury hits. KWs offseason cannot be done yet. We need 1-2 NATs for the DL, and at least one reasonable receiver substitute.

It seems pretty clear they are expecting Conor Griffith's to step up and split time with Fatboi.  I just don't see us going NI in the secondary.  For the record, I am all in to sign Muamba and move Bighill to WIL, but don't expect it to happen.

We absolutely need some NI receivers, and there ain't much on the free agent list.  We drafted Brendan Oleary-Orange last year in the 3rd.  We have the #3 pick this year, so there is a good chance Josh Palmer is available.  Failing that, we may have to keep Feoli-Gudino on speed dial.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue Guess Who on March 08, 2021, 10:25:28 PM
Yeah me too. OTOH we'll have about 12 draft choices from 2020 and 2021 going to TC.  I don't think we've signed Orange-O'Leary yet but I was expecting him to make the roster as the back up receiver.




 With Kongbo gone, Thomas is the only Canadian D player on the roster, currently, with any significant CFL playing time on defence;  can't think of another CFL team in that situation.

 Be nice if Griffiths steps it up to get to play some DT; and Dehilly might be ready to play some right away - those 2 could allow for a strong rotation on the D-line combining with Thomas;  the Hallett bros. might get a real shot to play safety, and be great if one of them could prove a starter there.

 The upcoming draft does feature some very good D prospects (at least with the NCAA guys we know of - the list of U Sports players who have declared / not deferred for this draft = haven't seen it?);  a few D-linemen - maybe one could be added to the mix;  a real promising LB in Ogbongbemiga (might draw an NFL look?);  and a few good DB types - another safety prospect could be added for TC competition and a couple of cornerbacks who might deserve a real look there.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: TecnoGenius on March 09, 2021, 04:19:49 AM
We have the # 3 pick in the 2021 draft. That could be an important decision.

How on earth did we get that?

Plus, we flip to Nat on P/K...

But doesn't NAT P/K only help us on the DI situation?  AFAIK it doesn't help us on the "starting 7" problem...  I'd still prefer Meddy.

For the record, I am all in to sign Muamba and move Bighill to WIL, but don't expect it to happen.

No way we can afford Muamba + Bighill (though it would be a dream team).  Besides, I like Wilson at WILL.

KW must have some ace in the hole having let Petermann walk.  Maybe JA or Oliveira is ready for the next step in Mafia's eyes.  Maybe there's a good lead on some O NAT we don't know about yet.  Other than that it would sure hurt if Demski or Woli went down.  Demski is fast approaching CFL superstar material.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: blue_gold_84 on March 09, 2021, 01:27:24 PM
How on earth did we get that?

Based on the random selection format decided by the league a while after the 2020 season was cancelled.

IIRC, it was also cut down from eight rounds to six.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on March 09, 2021, 01:56:32 PM
The way too early rankings have the Bombers rated as the # 2 team in the CFL. That's reasonable IMO.

Overall our roster looks pretty good but it's a little early to see how the final roster will shape up. A few imports will make the roster as DI's and a few Canadian draft choices will as well.

Depth is important and there will always be some questions about how the new players do when called to perform.

The secondary is an unknown factor with 2 new players going to start.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on March 09, 2021, 07:50:05 PM
Retained the entire O, plus added Mitchell...

Lost significant D parts in the secondary and Kongbo, but kept the bookend Jeffs and the LB Corps... so might be some new blood, and maybe some NFL players return if they can' stick down there... nothing like a one year deal and a shot at another GC to pad the resume...  far better than kicking around PR's... except of course for the money...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue Guess Who on March 10, 2021, 02:38:55 AM
  What up with draft pick O'Leary-Orange not signed yet?  Hopefully, just a delay of some sort ?

 With the loss of Petermann, maybe more NI receivers needed for TC competition? (and IMO undrafted FA signing Macho Bockru might prove a real diamond in the rough type - CanWest all-star from the Bisons)

 Could select a receiver in the upcoming draft ?

 OR - could wait on other teams' early TC cut-downs to scoop a decent prospect or two ?

 The EE Schmoes in particular - have accumulated a whopping 9 Canadian receivers on their current roster:  including 4 with CFL starting experience - T. Smith (emerged as a good starter as a rookie last season);  Mike Jones (one big season with the Ticats) and vets Anthony Parker & Jimmy Ralph;  plus their own former draft picks - Harry McMaster, Shai Ross (Bisons grad), Hunter Karl;  and a couple of other guys drafted by other CFL teams - Dan Vanderoort (BC 1st rounder) and Malik Richards (Bomber 5th rounder in 19)

 No way the EE can retain most of those receivers, so they have to cut (or trade /) some of them - Vandervoort and Karl in particular are guys who might be long shots there, but could be good targets (with very good potential IMO) to be snapped up by another CFL team in need ?  The Ticats are quite thin now as well for Canadian receivers; the RedBlacks too = so there might be some competition for other team cuts ?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on March 10, 2021, 05:37:42 PM
I also wondered about the delay in getting O'Leary-Orange signed but don't expect an issue in that regard.

I don't see a trade happening but a late cut elsewhere could be added at some point during TC or when final rosters are completed.

Those are not particularly good options IMO.

A receiver being drafted is a possibility and I also mentioned developing some current candidates on our roster.

It's a question to be answered at some point.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ModAdmin on March 14, 2021, 03:45:37 PM
Blue Bombers Transactions

WINNIPEG, MB., March 13, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has released American defensive end Dylan Donahue.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on March 15, 2021, 05:23:49 PM
We only have 3 veteran players signed beyond the 2021 season. Free agency 2022 will be scary.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on March 15, 2021, 06:37:27 PM
We only have 3 veteran players signed beyond the 2021 season. Free agency 2022 will be scary.

Signed at this moment.  With the landscape today, I'm surprised we have that many.  No doubt, once things normalize, we will have a LOT of players extending well before FA...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on March 15, 2021, 06:50:23 PM
Signed at this moment.  With the landscape today, I'm surprised we have that many.  No doubt, once things normalize, we will have a LOT of players extending well before FA...

It will depend on what the 2021 season looks like and hot the financial impact of 2021 turns out.

IIRC we might be headed into the last season of the current CFLPA. If the 2021 season takes a big financial hit that will be all reaching against SMS and even roster size and ratio questions.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on March 15, 2021, 11:03:56 PM
Blue Bombers Transactions

WINNIPEG, MB., March 13, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has released American defensive end Dylan Donahue.

He never played a game with the team - was originally signed Jan 09 2020.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on March 16, 2021, 03:41:48 PM
He never played a game with the team - was originally signed Jan 09 2020.


So, he is retiring as a Blue Bomber?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on March 18, 2021, 06:35:00 AM
So, he is retiring as a Blue Bomber?

At least he didn't get a 70k signing bonus.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on March 25, 2021, 09:32:20 PM
Darren Cameron   @Darren_Cameron
This afternoon multiple members of our organization spoke with Bryant Mitchell, who informed us of his decision to retire from the game. While we were definitely looking forward to seeing him in Blue & Gold, we certainly respect his decision and wish him & his family the best.

John Hodge  @JohnDHodge
Per source, Mitchell had a $10,000 signing bonus. #Bombers #CFL

Bombers receiver Bryant Mitchell announces his retirement

https://3downnation.com/2021/03/25/bombers-receiver-bryant-mitchell-announces-his-retirement/ (https://3downnation.com/2021/03/25/bombers-receiver-bryant-mitchell-announces-his-retirement/)

MITCHELL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Bryant Mitchell's days as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are over without his ever stepping on to the field for the club. Signed this past February as a free agent, the veteran receiver informed the club on Thursday that he was retiring from the game.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/03/25/mitchell-announces-retirement/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/03/25/mitchell-announces-retirement/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: DM83 on April 02, 2021, 03:30:44 PM
Been too busy lately. So forgive my ignorance.  Is there an up to date depth chart.? Can someone post it? Please and Thanks


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on April 02, 2021, 04:09:57 PM
Been too busy lately. So forgive my ignorance.  Is there an up to date depth chart.? Can someone post it? Please and Thanks

There is a post string title " Unofficial Current roster " you can look at. It's near the top of the forum page. Currently we have nearly 100 players under contract. Nothing approaching an actual depth chart just positional information.

I suppose you could look at the Grey Cup roster from the 2019 schedule and see which players are no longer with the team. Essentially the significant starters that have departed are Sayles, Rose & Kongbo. The other gone were back up players.

The 2020 free agent list for the team will show who didn't re-sign.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: DM83 on April 03, 2021, 11:15:06 PM
Thanks Blue,  I will go digging


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on April 05, 2021, 08:41:50 AM
Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign former XFL defensive tackle Casey Sayles
April 4, 2021  By John Hodge

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed American defensive tackle Casey Sayles.

The six-foot-three, 290-pound defender recorded 111 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks as a member of the Ohio University Bobcats before going unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Sayles was in training camp with the Los Angeles Rams (2017) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2018) before making his professional debut with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He recorded 13.5 tackles and a sack prior to the league ceasing operations.

Sayles rejoined the Steelers in 2019 but was again released. He was a first-round pick of the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL and dressed for five games, making 8.5 tackles and one sack.

The 25-year-old will look to make an impact in the CFL as a member of the defending Grey Cup champions.

https://3downnation.com/2021/04/04/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-former-xfl-defensive-tackle-casey-sayles/ (https://3downnation.com/2021/04/04/winnipeg-blue-bombers-sign-former-xfl-defensive-tackle-casey-sayles/)


BOMBERS ADD CASEY SAYLES TO ROSTER

WINNIPEG, MB., April 4, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the team has signed American defensive tackle Casey Sayles.

Sayles (6-3, 290, Ohio, September 4, 1995 in Omaha, NE) spent the 2020 season with the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL. In five games with the BattleHawks before the XFL seasons operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sayles registered 8.5 tackles and one sack.

Sayles split 2019 between the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In eight games with the Iron Sayles had 13.5 tackles and a sack - numbers which earned him his second opportunity with the Steelers after first signing with the club in 2018. Sayles earned his first pro contract with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, signing as an undrafted free agent.

During his collegiate career, Sayles suited up for 45 games over four years with the Ohio Bobcats. He earned Second Team All-Mid-American Conference honours in his senior season, 2016, after racking up 33 tackles and six sacks. Over his four years at Ohio he had 111 total tackles, 12.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/04/05/blue-bombers-add-casey-sayles-roster/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/04/05/blue-bombers-add-casey-sayles-roster/)

Sayles was actually signed Jan 8th;
2021-01-08   WPG   SAYLES, Casey   DL   A   Ohio   Add To   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on April 07, 2021, 04:34:18 PM
Winnipeg Blue Bombers   @Wpg_BlueBombers

The team has released receiver Travis Rudolph.

Darren Cameron   @Darren_Cameron
The organization was made aware of Travis Rudolph's arrest this morning and he has subsequently been released. Rudolph was signed in December of 2019 and did not play in a game for the Blue Bombers.


Bombers release former NFL receiver Travis Rudolph following murder charges

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have released receiver Travis Rudolph following two murder charges.

According to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, shortly after midnight on Wednesday, April 7, deputies responded to a double shooting that stemmed from an altercation in Lake Park, Florida. Upon arrival deputies learned that one male was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and another male was located a short distance away deceased.

Further investigation led to the identity of the suspect, Rudolph. He was located, arrested, and transported to the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of first degree murder, and attempted first degree murder with no bond.

Rudolph was a pure receiver who was highly productive while at Florida State University. During three seasons with the Seminoles, the West Palm Beach native caught 153 passes for 2,311 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best season at FSU came in 2015 when he hauled in 59 balls for 916 yards and seven touchdowns - leading the Noles in all three major receiving categories.

During the 2015 Peach Bowl, Rudolph went off for 201 yards on seven catches. That broke the school record for most receiving yards in a Bowl game. It had been held by Javon Walker who put up 195 yards in the 2002 Gator Bowl.

Rudolph went unselected in the 2017 NFL draft, but signed an undrafted free agent contract with the New York Giants. He made eight catches for 101 yards in his rookie season in the Big Apple.

Rudolph was released by the G-men following training camp in 2018. The Miami Dolphins added him to the practice roster in October, but during his first practice with the fish he tore his ACL. He was healthy and ready to resume his football career, signing with the Bombers in December 2019.

https://3downnation.com/2021/04/07/bombers-release-former-nfl-receiver-travis-rudolph-following-murder-charges/ (https://3downnation.com/2021/04/07/bombers-release-former-nfl-receiver-travis-rudolph-following-murder-charges/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on April 26, 2021, 09:37:06 PM
BLUE BOMBERS ADD DRAFT SELECTIONS TO ROSTER

WINNIPEG, MB., April 26, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed 2020 CFL Draft selection Brendan O'Leary-Orange (receiver), and 2021 Global Draft selection Les Maruo (linebacker).

O'Leary-Orange (6-4, 210, Nevada, in Toronto, ON) was taken in the fourth round, 37th overall, in the 2020 CFL Draft. He saw playing time in only six games at Nevada in 2019 due to injury, making five receptions for 85 yards. He played in 11 games in 2018, making seven starts and recorded 14 receptions for 214 yards and tied his career-high four scores. He was a member of Nevada's 2018 Arizona Bowl victory team. O'Leary-Orange played in 11 of Nevada's 12 games in his sophomore year, making nine starts and producing single-season career highs in all categories, making a name for himself by ranking third on the team with 39 receptions and 618 receiving yards.

Maruo (6-0, 230, Feb. 14, 1996 in Yokkaichi, Japan) grew up in Wichita, KS after his family moved to the United States when he was nine years old. He played his college ball at the University of Texas-San Antonio, graduating in 2018 with a degree in exercise science. He started all 12 games for the Roadrunners in his senior season, posting 86 tackles (including 49 solos), 4.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one pass knockdown. After finishing at UTSA, Maruo spent two years playing in Japan's X League with the Asahi Challengers. He tested well at the CFL's Global Combine, finishing with 28 reps in the bench press and running a 4.77 40.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/04/26/blue-bombers-add-draft-selections-roster/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/04/26/blue-bombers-add-draft-selections-roster/)

Transactions:

2021-04-26   WPG   O'LEARY-ORANGE, Brendon   WR   N   Nevada   Add From Draft   Active Roster
2021-04-22   WPG   MARUO, Les    LB   N   Texas at San Antonio   Add From Draft   Active Roste


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on April 30, 2021, 08:28:33 PM
BLUE BOMBERS ADD CARLTON AGUDOSI TO ROSTER


WINNIPEG, MB., April 30, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the team has signed American receiver Carlton Agudosi.

Agudosi
(6-6, 220, Rutgers, February 1, 1994 in Somerset, NJ) was most recently with St. Louis of the XFL. Agudosi originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017, spending the season there before signing with Philadelphia in 2019. He played 45 games in his career at Rutgers, recording 35 receptions for 513 yards and two touchdowns.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/04/30/blue-bombers-add-carlton-agudosi-roster/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/04/30/blue-bombers-add-carlton-agudosi-roster/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on April 30, 2021, 08:59:48 PM
Nice big receiver.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on May 10, 2021, 10:30:11 PM
Cologne Centurions signed Thiadric Hansen:

Cologne Centurions   @colognefootball
"Thiadric will be playing for us with an opt-out clause for the CFL in his contract. When the Winnipeg Blue Bombers need him to report to camp he will have to leave us, but until then he can help the Centurions win!" - David Drane (GM)

"He is one of Europes top players and we are very pleased to have him on board!" - David Drane (GM)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on May 11, 2021, 02:51:25 PM
Good on Thiadric getting game time in Europe. Unless he gets injured this will continue to develop his playing skills.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on May 11, 2021, 08:29:01 PM
If he gets injured and we do end up playing this year, that would screw us up a bit.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on May 13, 2021, 09:34:35 PM
Transactions:

2021-05-13   WPG   LOWES, Robbie   LB   N   Regina   Add From Draft   Active Roster
2021-05-13   WPG   KRAMDI, Redha   DB   N   Montreal   Add From Draft   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on May 14, 2021, 09:38:12 PM
Blue Bombers sign two from 2021 CFL Draft

WINNIPEG, MB., May 14, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed 2021 CFL Draft selections Redha Kramdi (DB, second round, 16th overall) and Robbie Lowes (LB, fourth round, 34th overall).

Kramdi
(6-0, 188, Universite de Montreal, December 22, 1996 in Montreal, QC) has been able to carve out a role for himself on both defence and special teams during his time at the University of Montreal.

In seven games played during the 2019 season, he finished with 32.5 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and two pass breakups while helping the Carabins make it to the Vanier Cup.

During the 2018 season, he had 19 tackles, eight assists, two tackles for loss, one sack, and one interception. He was named an RSEQ Defensive All-Star for his efforts.

Lowes (6-1, 205, University of Regina, May 13, 1996 in Regina, SK) started all eight Canada West games in 2019 for the Regina Rams. He finished third on the team with a total of 35 tackles (29 solo, 12 assisted) and added an interception, a fumble recovery, two forced fumbles, and two blocked kicks.

In 2018, he dressed for all eight Canada West games for the Rams, starting each of the team's final seven conference games. He finished fourth on the Rams in tackles (27 solo, 8 assisted) and had 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and two pass breakups during the conference schedule.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/14/blue-bombers-sign-two-2021-cfl-draft/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/14/blue-bombers-sign-two-2021-cfl-draft/)

DRAFT PROFILE - REDHA KRAMDI
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/11/draft-profile-redha-kramdi/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/11/draft-profile-redha-kramdi/)

DRAFT PROFILE - ROBBIE LOWES

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/15/draft-profile-robbie-lowes/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/15/draft-profile-robbie-lowes/)



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ModAdmin on May 18, 2021, 03:07:41 PM
COVID comments have been moved to the COVID thread in the Offside forum.

http://forums.bluebombers.com/index.php?topic=53154.90


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on May 18, 2021, 05:18:48 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing which draft choices make the 2021 roster. I've seen a few play before knowing they'd be Bombers one day.

Even this early it's encouraging hearing about the talent they bring.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on May 18, 2021, 11:12:13 PM
Transactions:

2021-05-18   WPG   BORSA, Kyle   RB   N      Add From Draft   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on May 19, 2021, 03:45:39 PM
Transactions:

2021-05-18   WPG   BORSA, Kyle   RB   N      Add From Draft   Active Roster

Harris, Demski, Oliviera and Borsa... has any team ever had Nat RB depth like that?  I can see some of these guys getting shots at ST and returning.  No doubt Walters has made sure his draft picks understand that ST's are a huge part of the WBB, guys like Harris and Hansen earned their spots thought their special teams play...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: TecnoGenius on May 19, 2021, 04:07:50 PM
Harris, Demski, Oliviera and Borsa... has any team ever had Nat RB depth like that?

Don't forget Johnny Augustine 27, don't we still have him?  He's ready to to start breaking out now that he's entering his 3rd season.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: blue_or_die on May 19, 2021, 05:57:53 PM
Don't forget Johnny Augustine 27, don't we still have him?  He's ready to to start breaking out now that he's entering his 3rd season.


I think aards accidentally mixed up Augustine and Demski (since Demski is a slot, although heck, you could list him as a potential RB if we were ever desperate I bet!)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on May 19, 2021, 08:19:44 PM
Out of Augustine, Oliveira, and Borsa, the only one with CFL experience is JA27. Can't keep them all, one could be excellent trade bait.

We need a Canadian S, who mite be looking for a Canadian RB?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: theaardvark on May 19, 2021, 09:20:13 PM
Out of Augustine, Oliveira, and Borsa, the only one with CFL experience is JA27. Can't keep them all, one could be excellent trade bait.

We need a Canadian S, who mite be looking for a Canadian RB?

Have to wonder if any of the RB's (all supremely athletic) would make the flip to D (I know, why have someone play out of position.  When has that worked before?).... or does one of the draft picks make the grade as a starter?   


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on May 20, 2021, 11:11:45 AM
Transactions:

2021-05-19   WPG   OYELOLA, Ayo   LB   N   Nottingham University - England   Add From Draft   Active Roster



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on May 20, 2021, 12:31:39 PM
Out of Augustine, Oliveira, and Borsa, the only one with CFL experience is JA27. Can't keep them all, one could be excellent trade bait.

We need a Canadian S, who mite be looking for a Canadian RB?

I still believe it would make sense to see if at least 1 of the younger RB's can block well and be converted to either a FB / SB type of player.

As a FB they'd actually offer more offensive threat than a player like Rush for example. Keeping in mind FB is only a title.

While we don't often use a FB in our offensive sets, we do at times. In reality it would give us a 2 RB set that the defense would have to take into account.

A. Harris is obviously an excellent receiver and is a significant factor in our passing game.

So if we have another RB that can develop blocking and receiving skills, that's a new feature we could add to our game plan.

It's also possible we trade one of the younger players.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on May 20, 2021, 01:14:47 PM
Mike Miller was the guy the Bomber went with as our FB the last couple of years. He has played well, but I think we will see Oliveira take over that position this year. But at the end of the day, that's what TC is for. You never know until the boy's put on the pads.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on May 20, 2021, 01:38:54 PM
Mike Miller was the guy the Bomber went with as our FB the last couple of years. He has played well, but I think we will see Oliveira take over that position this year. But at the end of the day, that's what TC is for. You never know until the boy's put on the pads.

I don't think Miller is going anywhere.  I think Oliveira slots into Rush's old spot. Now, Oliverira may steal some offensive reps from Miller, but I think those are our two "FB" this year.

I think Borsa lives on the PR this year, with an outside chance he gets to compete for Petermann's old back-up slot.  Borsa could slot in as a back-up to Demski, I think they have some similarities. 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on May 20, 2021, 01:47:00 PM
I don't think Miller is going anywhere.  I think Oliveira slots into Rush's old spot. Now, Oliverira may steal some offensive reps from Miller, but I think those are our two "FB" this year.

I think Borsa lives on the PR this year, with an outside chance he gets to compete for Petermann's old back-up slot.  Borsa could slot in as a back-up to Demski, I think they have some similarities. 

You're right. Miller isn't going anywhere, he's an excellent player especially on ST's.

Oliveira does take Rush's spot on the roster as you mentioned.

The question revolves around whether he can be used as more of an offensive weapon than either Miller or Rush as I suggested. Step 1 is can he block effectively?

All RB's have to block at times, so I don't see any issue lining up at FB at times. Augustine and Oliveria will both see some opportunities to play beyond just ST work. It won't hurt to give / pace A. Harris as necessary or when practical as game situation dictates.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on May 20, 2021, 02:39:10 PM
You're right. Miller isn't going anywhere, he's an excellent player especially on ST's.

Oliveira does take Rush's spot on the roster as you mentioned.

The question revolves around whether he can be used as more of an offensive weapon than either Miller or Rush as I suggested. Step 1 is can he block effectively?

All RB's have to block at times, so I don't see any issue lining up at FB at times. Augustine and Oliveria will both see some opportunities to play beyond just ST work. It won't hurt to give / pace A. Harris as necessary or when practical as game situation dictates.

No one said Miller wasn't going to play teams. Where did you read that??? Just that he mite play less at FB. The other things is your talking about John Rush, John Rush is no longer with the team.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on May 20, 2021, 04:39:32 PM
No one said Miller wasn't going to play teams. Where did you read that??? Just that he mite play less at FB. The other things is your talking about John Rush, John Rush is no longer with the team.

I wasn't suggesting he wouldn't play on ST's. That's where he's most valuable.  I'm just suggesting we may have alternatives to him playing FB that are a more offensive threat. As you said, he just might play less reps at FB.

Neither Miller or Rush were that and I know Rush is no longer with the team.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on May 20, 2021, 05:40:41 PM
If Borsa is to have any shot of making this team he will have to do at least one of the following:  a) be better than one of Oliveira or Augustine b) demonstrate he is a ST ace or c) be able to convert to hybrid SB role ala Demski


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on May 21, 2021, 09:39:19 PM
BLUE BOMBERS SIGN KYLE BORSA FROM 2021 CFL DRAFT

WINNIPEG, MB., May 20, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed 2021 CFL Draft selection Kyle Borsa (RB).

Borsa
(6-0, 200, Regina, November 2, 1998 in Regina, SK) spent his entire U SPORTS career with his hometown Rams.

During his time with the program, the back posted 2,195 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns. In his first year with the program, Borsa finished with 855 all-purpose yards, serving as the Rams' primary option on kick-off and punt returns.

During the 2018 campaign, Borsa played in eight games, starting in three of those contests. Despite that, he managed to post 613 yards and six majors on 96 carries.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/20/blue-bombers-sign-kyle-borsa-2021-cfl-draft/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/20/blue-bombers-sign-kyle-borsa-2021-cfl-draft/)

DRAFT PROFILE - KYLE BORSA
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/18/draft-profile-kyle-borsa/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/18/draft-profile-kyle-borsa/)

FIRST & 10 - LOWES & BORSA REUNITED IN WINNIPEG
https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/16/first-10-lowes-borsa-reunited-winnipeg/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/05/16/first-10-lowes-borsa-reunited-winnipeg/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on May 22, 2021, 01:36:26 PM
I was wondering about this today and what changed to the game day and total roster.

Nationals    Global    Americans    Quarterbacks    Reserve    Total
Min. 21    Min. 2    Max. 20    2    1    46

Of the 46 players named to the roster, each team may dress an active roster of 45 players, broken down as follows:

    Maximum of 2 QBs (no designation)
    Maximum of 20 American players (4 of which must be identified as designated Americans)
    Minimum of 21 National players
    Minimum of 2 Global players

The 46 man roster now sets the game day roster at 45 with 1 reserve equaling 46 overall.

IIRC this is different than 2019 and earlier when we had a 2 man reserve? Must be an adjustment due to adding the 2nd Global player for 2020 - 2021. I was previously unaware of that change adding 1 to game day AR.

It also means the 1 man reserve player MUST be a Canadian. While I have no issue with that, I continue to not understand why he can't dress on the game day roster.

After all he's getting full salary and he'll be a Canadian player. What's the point of not dressing?

There may have been an issue now or in the past if the reserve players were imports. It's certainly not the case in the new format.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on May 27, 2021, 06:13:08 AM
Blue Bombers Transactions - May 26, 2021

WINNIPEG, MB., May 26, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Added to roster: Global (Great Britain) linebacker Ayo Oyelola.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on June 03, 2021, 12:49:55 AM
Blue Bombers Transactions

WINNIPEG, MB., June 1, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Released from roster: American defensive end Alex McCalister


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on June 07, 2021, 09:36:54 PM
BLUE BOMBERS SIGN DEFENSIVE END JONATHAN KONGBO

WINNIPEG, MB., June 7, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed free agent defensive end Jonathan Kongbo to a one-year contract.

Kongbo
was originally selected fifth overall by Winnipeg in the 2019 CFL Draft. He went on to play 12 games during that Grey Cup winning season, recording 12 defensive tackles and one sack. Kongbo was released following the season to allow him to sign with the San Francisco 49ers.

Kongbo spent three seasons collegiately at Tennessee prior to be drafted by Winnipeg, seeing action in 30 games with 17 starts, and recording 51 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two interceptions.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/06/07/blue-bombers-sign-defensive-end-jonathan-kongbo/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/06/07/blue-bombers-sign-defensive-end-jonathan-kongbo/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 08, 2021, 03:12:49 PM
Rhetorical statement: Adding Kongbo is an excellent happening. It puts us in a good position of riches with Canadian talent.

I'm not sure what this will mean with all the draft choices that are coming to TC. Adding Kongbo just filled 1 roster spot that was available a few days ago. It may change where the focus shifts on which player / position is more important as depth on the AR.

While unlikely it may even put us in a situation where we might want or need to trade a rookie or two?

By my rough count expectation I'm up to 20 or 21 Canadians making the game day roster already. That includes Hallett, Benson, Liegghio, O'Leary-Orange and Kramdi as new to the team from 2019.

TC is going to be a dog fight.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 08, 2021, 03:39:25 PM
LOL. All of the Elks draft choices are showing as drafted by every CFL team over on CFL.CA


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on June 11, 2021, 06:44:17 AM
David William Naylor   @TSNDaveNaylor

The @CFL has scheduled a board of governors call for Monday, June 14th, during which its expected there will be a vote on the proposed Aug 5th start to the 2021 season. If approved, schedule release would come immediately afterward. #CFL

Getting questions about what happens if the June 14th vote to begin Aug 5th is not unanimous. That is unclear as these are unprecedented times. #CFL

A committee representing 7 Ontario pro teams (MLSE's 4, Jays, Ticats, Redblacks), submitted proposal last week seeking up to 35 % of stadium capacity open for Ontario's stage 2 reopening and up to 100 % for stage 3. Stage 2 could be early as July 2. Stage 3 as early as July 23rd.

Committee was put together by Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's minister of Heritage, Sport and Tourism. And fronted by Nick Eaves, MLSE's chief venues and operations officer.

I'm led to believe there are no vaccine requirements in the proposal to open-up pro sports facilities to fans in Ontario's stage 2 and stage 3 reopenings, submitted by committee representing 7 pro franchises.

Farhan Lalji   @FarhanLaljiTSN

CFLPA has passed amendments for the 2021 season to the current CBA. The BOG will need to vote and ratify on Monday.
@CFLonTSN

David William Naylor   @TSNDaveNaylor

Hearing some details on the amended CBA ratified by the CFLPA for 2021 season: There will be no pre-season. Teams will be allowed to expand practice rosters by 5 as long as border/quarantine remains. Roster reduced from 46 to max of 44. 1 global player per team, 2 QB's. 1/2 #CFL

Interesting ... CFL may add 2 teams to playoff formula. I'm assuming that would be in event league is unable to start Aug 5th and regular season becomes reduced. But that's just my guess.

Also hearing 35 per cent of a stadium's capacity must be open to fans in order to stage a game. #CFL

Farhan Lalji   @FarhanLaljiTSN


Do not expect @cfl to have official assurances on exact % of fans in stands from any province. They will need to feel confident on Monday about where the numbers are headed & background conversations they've had with provincial health officials when voting.
@CFLonTSN

Solomon Elimimian   @SolomonE56

To all the players and fans MOA for the 2021 season is signed! We are close to getting back on the field. Tweet your fav #CFL team to vote yes to play! @CFLPA @CFL

David William Naylor   @TSNDaveNaylor

Clarification on 35 per cent of stadiums open: the league commits to play a minimum of 10 games as long as 35 per cent of stadiums are open. It could still opt to play with less than 35 per cent. All this likely moot if there's a YES vote on Monday to play a 14-game sked. #CFL

Farhan Lalji   @FarhanLaljiTSN
Talking to a few team officials in the past couple of hours, I would be VERY surprised if we didn't get a yes vote on Monday.
@CFL   @CFLonTSN


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on June 11, 2021, 11:26:10 AM
David William Naylor   @TSNDaveNaylor

The @CFL has scheduled a board of governors call for Monday, June 14th, during which its expected there will be a vote on the proposed Aug 5th start to the 2021 season. If approved, schedule release would come immediately afterward. #CFL

Getting questions about what happens if the June 14th vote to begin Aug 5th is not unanimous. That is unclear as these are unprecedented times. #CFL

A committee representing 7 Ontario pro teams (MLSE's 4, Jays, Ticats, Redblacks), submitted proposal last week seeking up to 35 % of stadium capacity open for Ontario's stage 2 reopening and up to 100 % for stage 3. Stage 2 could be early as July 2. Stage 3 as early as July 23rd.

Committee was put together by Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's minister of Heritage, Sport and Tourism. And fronted by Nick Eaves, MLSE's chief venues and operations officer.

I'm led to believe there are no vaccine requirements in the proposal to open-up pro sports facilities to fans in Ontario's stage 2 and stage 3 reopenings, submitted by committee representing 7 pro franchises.

Farhan Lalji   @FarhanLaljiTSN

CFLPA has passed amendments for the 2021 season to the current CBA. The BOG will need to vote and ratify on Monday.
@CFLonTSN

David William Naylor   @TSNDaveNaylor

Hearing some details on the amended CBA ratified by the CFLPA for 2021 season: There will be no pre-season. Teams will be allowed to expand practice rosters by 5 as long as border/quarantine remains. Roster reduced from 46 to max of 44. 1 global player per team, 2 QB's. 1/2 #CFL

Interesting ... CFL may add 2 teams to playoff formula. I'm assuming that would be in event league is unable to start Aug 5th and regular season becomes reduced. But that's just my guess.

Also hearing 35 per cent of a stadium's capacity must be open to fans in order to stage a game. #CFL

Farhan Lalji   @FarhanLaljiTSN


Do not expect @cfl to have official assurances on exact % of fans in stands from any province. They will need to feel confident on Monday about where the numbers are headed & background conversations they've had with provincial health officials when voting.
@CFLonTSN

Solomon Elimimian   @SolomonE56

To all the players and fans MOA for the 2021 season is signed! We are close to getting back on the field. Tweet your fav #CFL team to vote yes to play! @CFLPA @CFL

David William Naylor   @TSNDaveNaylor

Clarification on 35 per cent of stadiums open: the league commits to play a minimum of 10 games as long as 35 per cent of stadiums are open. It could still opt to play with less than 35 per cent. All this likely moot if there's a YES vote on Monday to play a 14-game sked. #CFL

Farhan Lalji   @FarhanLaljiTSN
Talking to a few team officials in the past couple of hours, I would be VERY surprised if we didn't get a yes vote on Monday.
@CFL   @CFLonTSN

This, along with the reopening plan yesterday, are all very encouraging news for Bomber fans.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 11, 2021, 12:34:11 PM
A combination of both good and bad news.

Good news: Looks like we'll get a season.

Bad news:

1. No pre season games. That's going to make it difficult to assess new players. We have 104 ( 65 rookies ) players IIRC. It also means a 14 game season reduced from 20 normally. That would have included pre season games. Further disappointment,
2. Roster reduction from 46 to 44 players. Cost savings plan I suppose.
3. Only 1 global player on the roster.
4. Possible addition of adding 2 more teams to the playoffs. That might just happen if the season is reduced to less than 14 games. Not something I'd like to see happening although it adds 1 or 2 more games at the end of the season.

While the PR is being expanded in theory we'll have the most Canadian and Global draft picks coming to TC in 2021. About 18 in total?  No room in the inn for many young players. Border restrictions likely will go away before the beginning and certainly the end of TC. So I doubt we see that increase of players on PR happen.

I was never a fan of the Global player thought process. Regardless of whether teams do or don't find new talent, Global players are essentially just DI's. How is that creating exposure in the rest of the world?

I guess we'll see how many stick around after being released and asked to stay on the PR. What was the point of the Global draft this year?

I wonder if we hear anything about XFL talks?



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: TBURGESS on June 11, 2021, 01:28:07 PM
No vaccine requirements? Yikes!
No preseason games? Yuck!
8 teams out of 9 make the playoffs? Why?
A yes vote on Monday, doesn't mean a 14 game season. Could still be as low as 10.
CFL football on the horizon? Priceless.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: DM83 on June 12, 2021, 03:59:50 AM
I find. "No vaccine requirements" horrible.
I believe we can get rid of Covid if everyone. Gets vaccinated.  This is so obvious.

I get my second shot next week. I want to get one of them " proof of vaccination cards"

Let's. Go Blue!


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 12, 2021, 02:15:09 PM
Our roster looks pretty good with most 2019 starters due to return.

In theory we need to replace 2 starting DB's, some of our 2019 DI's and some back up Canadians.

I'm not unhappy with any of our imports. However: Bailey, M. Jones, Richardson, Nelson and Grant will see the most competition in TC.  All of these showed promise in 2019 and I expect they will be even better in 2021.

That said:

Rough count: 12 rookie import receivers and 21 DB's looking to beat out somebody. Impressive credentials in this group so I look forward to hear the early results / leaders in TC.

Our Canadian draft choices will mostly be filling actual roster openings due to departures. I don't expect any remaining veterans to be beat out per se. The new candidates look promising and I see that a positive for 2021.

I have a good idea of which new Canadians make the roster IMO. While I don't expect any surprises, you never know what happens in TC.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on June 14, 2021, 02:56:22 PM
Would like to send out condolences to Nic Demski on the loss of his Poppa. Our thoughts are with you and your family.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: blue_or_die on June 14, 2021, 07:52:46 PM
Would like to send out condolences to Nic Demski on the loss of his Poppa. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Horrible news. RIP.

He will come out and play hard for him come August.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 15, 2021, 02:33:05 PM
Just wondering out loud. Talent wins out for rookies making any teams roster. OTOH we have many rookies tentatively coming to camp whose contracts expire at the end of this season. We also have many rookies who signed 2 year contacts for 2021 - 2022.

It will be another something to watch as rosters are declared. If decisions are close does the team keep the 2 year contract over the 1 year contract. Especially for players heading to the PR in a shortened season.

What if anything will talks with the XFL mean in plans for 2022?

I only point this out since I only currently see 3 veterans whose contract extends to 2022. This may not be unusual across the CFL this season due to effort to reduce SMS spend. OTOH the idea of going into free agency with virtually the entire team as possible free agents, would be unusual.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on June 15, 2021, 08:31:37 PM
Man, alot of names on the roster I've never heard of....

I think any season its a guessing game as to who could win a spot, this year its even more.  Who knows which players were eating chips on the couch for the past 18 months and have lost 3 steps, never mind 1. Then again, a shortened season is not the time to throw a true CFL rookie to the wolves.

With no preseason games, how are we going to argue about who's the better armchair scout??


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: DM83 on June 15, 2021, 08:58:39 PM
It's been so long.

Which. Grey cup starters did we lose?
I saw a Lawler playing in the Spring League.  Do we still gave himself?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on June 15, 2021, 09:42:36 PM
Transactions:

2021-06-15   WPG   MCKNIGHT, Kelvin   WR   A   Samford   Add To   Active Roster
2021-06-15   WPG   MACHINO, Tomoya   OL   N      Add From Draft   Active Roster

Blue Bombers Transactions - June 15, 2021

WINNIPEG, MB., June 15, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Added to roster:

Global (Great Britain) offensive lineman Tomoya Machino
American receiver Kelvin McKnight (Samford)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on June 15, 2021, 10:13:25 PM
Tomoya and OL......sounds like maybe a Sumo wrestler?  :P


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on June 16, 2021, 11:23:01 AM
It's been so long.

Which. Grey cup starters did we lose?
I saw a Lawler playing in the Spring League.  Do we still gave himself?

That might be a different Lawler as he re-signed with the Bombers.

Grey Cup starters that the Bombers lost;
Offense: Speller
Defence: Nevis, Rose, Sayles


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 16, 2021, 12:30:47 PM
It's been so long.

Which. Grey cup starters did we lose?
I saw a Lawler playing in the Spring League.  Do we still gave himself?

That might be a different Lawler as he re-signed with the Bombers.

Grey Cup starters that the Bombers lost;
Offense: Speller
Defence: Nevis, Rose, Sayles

We lost a bunch of back up players as well besides those listed above. Streveler and Medlock fall into important losses. Whitehead & Latour weren't on Grey Cup game day roster.

Overall 17 players from 2019 are no longer with the team that I can count: Hecht, D.Jones, Jones ( LB ), Exume, Miles, Fenner, Petermann, Rempel and Rush were on the game day roster.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: TBURGESS on June 16, 2021, 01:37:54 PM
We also lost PLAP who in my mind is the biggest loss of all.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 16, 2021, 02:45:09 PM
Transactions:

2021-06-15   WPG   MCKNIGHT, Kelvin   WR   A   Samford   Add To   Active Roster
2021-06-15   WPG   MACHINO, Tomoya   OL   N      Add From Draft   Active Roster

Blue Bombers Transactions - June 15, 2021

WINNIPEG, MB., June 15, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Added to roster:

Global (Great Britain) offensive lineman Tomoya Machino
American receiver Kelvin McKnight (Samford)

Regarding McKnight:


    Renowned for his route running.
    Cat quick out of breaks.
    Strong body awareness.
    Can make sideline catches.
    Will make catches outside his frame.
    Concentration to make catches in traffic.
    Faster in pads than shorts.
    Multiple gears.
    Experienced punt returner.

The Bad:

Size. He's 5'8"  He wouldn't be the 1st smaller receiver to make a CFL team and has many " good " qualities.

Just my opinion but I think we might see his chances more as a returner / DI than real competition to start.

There are so many Import receivers signed including nearly all from our 2019 roster. Only Whitehead left in free agency.

Where any of them will fall with chances in replacing Bailey, Nelson or Grant is too early to tell.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 16, 2021, 04:08:33 PM
We also lost PLAP who in my mind is the biggest loss of all.

We'll have to see how much Buck Pierce changes the offense. Having had both coaches at the same time was valuable. So it will be a loss but how much is a TBD situation.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: DM83 on June 16, 2021, 04:16:06 PM
I was unaware we lost Medlock?
What happened with him?
Thanks for the other info.

Nevis went to???


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 16, 2021, 04:23:27 PM
I was unaware we lost Medlock?
What happened with him?
Thanks for the other info.

Nevis went to???

Medlock wasn't re-signed in free agency. It's possible he could still be re-signed but I'm not expecting that to happen. Two reasons primarily: SMS and  Canadian draft choice Liegghio. Medlock may have decided to retire. At the moment he hasn't be signed anywhere else.

Nevis went to Toronto in free agency. No idea whether we tried to retain him but SMS might have also been a factor with him?

I see a rash of transactions across the CFL in the last days after the August 5th confirmation. That is resulting in the announcement of some players being released, retiring and a few new signings.

Teams are likely checking with players to see what their status will be. As I mentioned yesterday we have a significant number of rookies signed in 2020 that haven't yet been extended into 2022. I could envision a few to have left football after not being able to play in 2020.

Not expecting any " real " big surprises though.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GOLDMEMBER on June 16, 2021, 04:49:28 PM
Medlock wasn't re-signed in free agency. It's possible he could still be re-signed but I'm not expecting that to happen. Two reasons primarily: SMS and  Canadian draft choice Liegghio. Medlock may have decided to retire. At the moment he hasn't be signed anywhere else.

Nevis went to Toronto in free agency. No idea whether we tried to retain him but SMS might have also been a factor with him?

I see a rash of transactions across the CFL in the last days after the August 5th confirmation. That is resulting in the announcement of some players being released, retiring and a few new signings.

Teams are likely checking with players to see what their status will be. As I mentioned yesterday we have a significant number of rookies signed in 2020 that haven't yet been extended into 2022. I could envision a few to have left football after not being able to play in 2020.

Not expecting any " real " big surprises though.
thanks for the updates.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on June 16, 2021, 06:05:27 PM
We also lost PLAP who in my mind is the biggest loss of all.

He is a big loss to be sure, however, Buck mentored under him for many years so how big a loss PLAP is will depend on how good a grasshopper Buck was.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: TecnoGenius on June 16, 2021, 08:22:33 PM
Regarding McKnight:
[...]
Size. He's 5'8"  He wouldn't be the 1st smaller receiver to make a CFL team and has many " good " qualities.

Sounds like a Dressler!  We haven't had a good water-bug since Dress left  ;D :D ;)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: DM83 on June 17, 2021, 04:28:12 AM
Thanks for the. Info.
I kind of suspect we will still re up. Medlock.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 17, 2021, 01:14:32 PM
Thanks for the. Info.
I kind of suspect we will still re up. Medlock.

I guess we'll know soon enough but like I said I don't think so. He's certainly capable of playing and being in the top 2 kickers.

So many tough factors for 2021. SMS reduction effort, roster size reduction further complicates the ratio considerations. I don't know if Liegghio is game ready for the CFL yet but he's thought to be a gem.

It may be possible that this was the year Medlock decided to retire?



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 17, 2021, 02:39:53 PM
Sounds like a Dressler!  We haven't had a good water-bug since Dress left  ;D :D ;)


This is the 1st season in many where we're going to TC with nearly all of our import receivers from the last season. I can't say I'd be unhappy with any of them starting.

OTOH many of the rookies including McKnight look to be in a very good crop of players trying to make a CFL roster.

If a rookie unseats a player from the 2019 roster it's not due to necessity as in previous seasons. It will be because a good player is being replaced by a player perceived to be better. I know that's cliche but it wasn't that far back where we expected previous season players to not make the roster.

It's going to be more difficult without pre season games but I think the competition will be stiff.

We're going to come out on the other side better for it even if " rookies " start the season on the PR.

The bigger question is which newbies among 12 - 14 ( rough count ) challengers rises to the top? Can we retain those we want?

McKnight is the same size as Nelson and bigger than B. Banks. He sounds like a tough kid willing to go into traffic across the middle with speed and moves.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on June 17, 2021, 09:44:44 PM
Gonna miss Whitehead....did he sign on anywhere?

Who takes Petermen's spot as the backup Canadian? 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ModAdmin on June 18, 2021, 03:01:43 AM
Looks like Malik Boynton got cut based on a couple of his tweets.  Thought he had a decent chance to crack the roster given his previous positive opportunity with the team.  We must be deep in talented DBs.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Pigskin on June 18, 2021, 04:04:22 AM
Gonna miss Whitehead....did he sign on anywhere?

Who takes Petermen's spot as the backup Canadian? 

Whitehead is in BC.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on June 18, 2021, 12:55:45 PM
Gonna miss Whitehead....did he sign on anywhere?

Who takes Petermen's spot as the backup Canadian? 

P
Looks like Malik Boynton got cut based on a couple of his tweets.  Thought he had a decent chance to crack the roster given his previous positive opportunity with the team.  We must be deep in talented DBs.

Interesting. I thought he had a good chance considering they brought him back after being in TC 2019. IIRC he was one of only a few players that fell into that particular category.

He does fall into the group of players signed late in 2019 that I mentioned. The team has found and signed new players in the last few months. My perception being  a FIFO ( 1st in first out ) as depth charts are re-evaluated among rookies and new talents found.

OTOH we have a bunch of DB's coming to camp that sound promising. 26 as of today's transactions.

There will be a few more released before we hit the ground running. We're top heavy with DB's and receivers even with an enlarged TC roster. Could see a few more purged in these groups?

EDIT: 4 players out and 3 in today's transactions.  3 DB's and 1 receiver released.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on June 18, 2021, 04:53:42 PM
Blue Bombers Transactions - June 18, 2021

WINNIPEG, MB., June 18, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Added to roster:

American receiver C.J. Worton (Florida International)
American offensive lineman Dino Boyd (Cincinnati)
National receiver James Tyrrell (Concordia)

Released from roster:

American defensive back Malik Boynton
American receiver Kayaune Ross
American defensive back Demetrious Cox
American defensive back Damian Swann


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: VictorRomano on June 18, 2021, 06:59:45 PM
Looks like Malik Boynton got cut based on a couple of his tweets.  Thought he had a decent chance to crack the roster given his previous positive opportunity with the team.  We must be deep in talented DBs.

Based on this post, I went and scrolled through the last couple of months of his Twitter posts.  Didn't see anything but him telling his story, or doing drills.  Curious as to what he posted that was enough to get him cut?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ModAdmin on June 18, 2021, 08:33:46 PM
Based on this post, I went and scrolled through the last couple of months of his Twitter posts.  Didn't see anything but him telling his story, or doing drills.  Curious as to what he posted that was enough to get him cut?
Poor wording on my part. After he was cut, he simply mentioned his disappointment at being cut this close to the start of the season. He didn't say anything wrong.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on June 22, 2021, 09:19:21 PM
Winnipeg Blue Bombers   @Wpg_BlueBombers
The team has added defensive back (American) Mazzi Wilkins (@mazzi_inc) to the roster.

The club has released receiver Isaiah Harper.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on June 28, 2021, 07:04:31 AM
Blue Bombers Transactions - June 25, 2021

WINNIPEG, MB., June 25, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Added to roster:

American offensive tackle Terry Poole (6-5, 325, San Diego State)
American offensive lineman Tyler Johnson (6-3, 280, Tulane)
American defensive lineman Anree Saint-Amour (6-3, 260, Georgia Tech)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on June 30, 2021, 09:55:55 PM
POSITIONAL PREVIEW - THE SPECIALISTS
JUNE 29, 2021 - Ed Tait


The Winnipeg Blue Bombers open training camp July 10th. This is the first in our annual positional-preview series leading up to the first day ...

THE SPECIALISTS


They dubbed him 'Money' and from the very first moment Justin Medlock pulled on a Winnipeg Blue Bombers jersey, the nickname became an absolutely perfect fit.

After all, the moniker didn't just have the alliterative qualities that allowed it to roll off the tongue, but 'Money' Medlock regularly lived up to the billing with clutch kicks in the rain, wind, snow and cold.

Signed as a free agent in 2016, Medlock tied a club record in his first game as a Blue Bomber by crushing a 58-yard field goal. Those kind of feats would then become commonplace over the next four seasons, as he not only established himself as the greatest placekicker in Blue Bombers history by rewriting the club's record books, but cemented his place as one of the greatest in the annals of the Canadian Football League, period.

Now, courtesy the global pandemic that cost the CFL a 2020 season, the Bombers are going to find out what life is like without Medlock. Initially there was the hope he might return for at least one more season in 2020 and serve as a kicking swami to prospect Marc Liegghio, but that was flushed when the plug was pulled last August, and when Medlock's contract expired in February of this year the 37-year-old vet told the club he was retiring from the game.

There's more, as veteran long-snapper Chad Rempel is also gone, meaning the Bombers will have an entirely new kicking battery when the curtain lifts on '21.

All of this is to say while the Bombers and their fans drew a certain comfort in the consistency of Medlock for four years, the kicking gig - and the accompanying pressure - now falls to the unproven Liegghio.

And you know what? As camp is soon to open the Bombers are completely comfortable with the rookie - pegged as one of the best kicking prospects in recent CFL Draft history by GM Kyle Walters after the club selected him in the 5th round last year.

"You ask any coach this and the answer is generally the same, 'There's only one Justin Medlock' and he?s really hard to replace," said Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea earlier this month. "But we're not asking Marc to come in and be Justin Medlock. We're asking Marc to come in and be Marc.

"I'm excited for Marc's opportunity and I'll miss Justin also."

TRAINING CAMP 2021 PREVIEW


A LOOK AT THE SPECIALISTS

The Returnees:

Placekicker/punter: none
Long-snapper: none
Holder: Sean McGuire
Punt returns: Janarion Grant, Charles Nelson
Kickoff returns: Janarion Grant, Charles Nelson

IMPACT NEWCOMER(S)


The Bombers 2020 and 2021 CFL Draft classes.

Special teams is about more than the kicking chores, of course, and in that regard the Bombers will see some other changes to arguably the best kick return and kick cover units in the CFL, still led by soon-to-be CFL all-time special-teams tackle leader Mike Miller.

Liegghio will be in the spotlight as the replacement to Medlock, but the club will also be looking to fill the void left by the departures of veteran Canadian special teamers like Derek Jones (B.C.), Kerfalla Exume (Montreal), Thomas Miles, Brandon Calver and John Rush.

That leaves the door wide open for the two draft classes to grab a roster spot on specials. Among that crew are DBs Noah Hallett and Redha Kramdi, DL Nick Dheilly, LBs Tanner Cadwallader and Robbie Lowes, receivers Brendan O'Leary-Orange and Macho Bockru and RB Kyle Borsa.

X FACTOR : WR Charles Nelson

Just as a refresher, we all know what Janarion Grant did in his CFL debut during the 2019 season, as he finished with three punt return TDs and led the Bombers in both punt and kickoff return yards all the while playing just 11 games.

But Nelson has that kind of explosiveness, too, it's just that we were robbed of seeing it after he was lost to the season in the fourth game of '19. A healthy Nelson could be critical on specials and in the offence as a possible option to replace Lucky Whitehead, who signed as a free agent with B.C. this past winter.

BIG STAT : 90%

Medlock owned an 86.5 field-goal completion percentage in the regular season, but was a sparkling 90 per cent in the playoffs during his days as a Bomber, going 27-30 in seven postseason games over four years. (Get this ... his three misses were from 48, 54 and 61 yards). Those are simply incredible numbers given the conditions he was kicking in November games across the Prairies.

FYI

The Bombers selected Liegghio with one of the picks that came to the club from Toronto in the Zach Collaros trade in 2019.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/06/29/positional-preview-specialists-4/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/06/29/positional-preview-specialists-4/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GOLDMEMBER on June 30, 2021, 10:05:46 PM
Compelling to say the least!


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 01, 2021, 05:36:46 AM
POSITIONAL PREVIEW - DEFENSIVE BACKS
JUNE 30, 2021 - Ed Tait

THE DEFENSIVE BACKS

They are the defence's last line, charged with preventing aerial attacks and asked to contribute in stopping movement along the ground. Exceptional athletic ability is a given; communication, cohesion and a short memory are a must.

And as for continuity ... well, if you study the long list of names who have patrolled the Winnipeg Blue Bombers secondary over the past two seasons the only constant seems to be change. That's more observation than criticism, especially given the late-season adjustments the club made to the defensive backfield in the championship run of 2019 were critical in the 11th Grey Cup title in franchise history.

Having said that, change in the secondary will again be a main theme when the Bombers open training camp next week, what with the departures of Winston Rose (Cincinnati Bengals) and Marcus Sayles (B.C. Lions). It's also worth noting that four returnees - safety Brandon Alexander, halfback Nick Taylor, cornerback Mike Jones and dime back/Sam linebacker Mercy Maston - only have four games working together as a unit under their collective belts, beginning with the '19 regular-season finale and then the three playoff contests.

Returning members of that unit and defensive coordinator Richie Hall have stressed over the last year their eagerness to work together to build on the cohesion that came so quickly in the playoffs. Experience matters, too, and In terms of games played Alexander and Taylor (39) and Maston (22) combine for 100. The losses of Rose and Sayles - Rose a CFL All-Star and Sayles a West Division All-Star - will be offset by the addition of veteran Josh Johnson, who 64 games to his credit in a five-year career that includes stays in B.C., Ottawa, Hamilton and Edmonton.

Let's be clear, though, keeping that core together in 2021 is hardly a given, even with no preseason games and head coach Mike O'Shea stressing the importance of veterans in a condensed season. And here's why: 10 different defensive backs started games for the Bombers in 2019 and a dozen in 2018. Over those two years 16 different players had at least one start in the defensive backfield. There's more: a whopping 27 defensive backs are currently on the roster as camp approaches.

And where those names will slot into the depth chart for the season-opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on August 5th will be one of the key Bombers storylines over the next few weeks.

TRAINING CAMP 2021 PREVIEW
A LOOK AT THE DEFENSIVE BACKS
The Returnees:

Cornerbacks: Mike Jones

Halfbacks: Nick Taylor

Safety: Brandon Alexander, Nick Hallett*, Sergio Schiaffino Perez (G)

Dime back (often referenced as SAM LB): Mercy Maston

Free-agent additions: CB/HB Josh Johnson

Departed: CB Winston Rose (Cincinnati), HB Marcus Sayles (B.C.), S Derek Jones* (B.C.); Kerfalla Exume* (Mtl); S Jeff Hecht*; HB Chandler Fenner; HB Anthony Gaitor; HB Dexter Janke*, Marcus Rios, Chris Humes.

2020/2021 CFL Draft picks: DB Noah Hallett*, Redha Kramdi*

CFL newcomers: Jhavonte Dean, Deatrick Nichols, Terrence Alexander, DeAundre Alford, Joshua Allen, Christian Angulo, Clifton Duck, Marwin Evans, Demerio Houston, Jeremiah Johnson, Jamalcolm Liggins, Dexter McDougle, Josh Miller, Prince Robinson, Ranthony Texada, Mazzi Wilkins, Raekwon Williams, Sam Wiliams

*Indicates Canadian; (G) - Global player

IMPACT NEWCOMER(S)


CB/HB Josh Johnson

He can play both inside and outside and on either side of the field, giving the Bombers coaching staff the positional versatility that is key in putting together a lineup. Known as a solid communicator, too, which will be critical in this unit.

X FACTOR: CB Mike Jones

Lost in the work of so many of the Bombers stars in the '19 Grey Cup playoffs was the emergence of Jones at the cornerback spot opposite Rose. He didn't make his first start until the regular-season finale, but improved with every snap in the playoffs, capped by his sensational work in the Grey Cup - four tackles, three pass knockdowns and an interception.

BIG STAT : 133

Winnipeg's interception total over the past five years - 24 in 2019, 20 in 2018, 25 in 2017, 30 in 2016, 21 in 2015 and 13 in 2014. That number is the most among CFL teams.

FYI

Two members of the XFL Houston Roughnecks secondary - Jeremiah Johnson and Deatrick Nichols - are in camp with the Bombers. Nichols was leading the XFL in interceptions with three when the 2020 season was cancelled.

Also in amp is Ranthony Texada, who spent part of his 2020 with the XFL's New York Guardians.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/06/30/positional-preview-defensive-backs-5/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/06/30/positional-preview-defensive-backs-5/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: TecnoGenius on July 01, 2021, 05:37:10 AM
And you know what? As camp is soon to open the Bombers are completely comfortable with the rookie - pegged as one of the best kicking prospects in recent CFL Draft history by GM Kyle Walters after the club selected him in the 5th round last year.

But Nelson has that kind of explosiveness, too, it's just that we were robbed of seeing it after he was lost to the season in the fourth game of '19. A healthy Nelson could be critical on specials and in the offence as a possible option to replace Lucky Whitehead, who signed as a free agent with B.C. this past winter.

Medlock owned an 86.5 field-goal completion percentage in the regular season, but was a sparkling 90 per cent in the playoffs during his days as a Bomber, going 27-30 in seven postseason games over four years. (Get this ... his three misses were from 48, 54 and 61 yards).

Legghio was that highly touted by KW?  Boy, I sure hope he lives up to that!!

Nelson: has put in his time, been patient, showed some talent when on-field, and almost certainly has better hands than Whitehead (though not as fast).  This will be Nelson's put-up-or-take-off year I think.  I'm optimistic he'll succeed as I've liked him from the start.

Meddy: 48/54/61... wow, incredible.  And that 48 was so close, just missing by a little wisp of wind that blew the wrong way.  The 61 we won't talk about...


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GOLDMEMBER on July 01, 2021, 10:43:55 AM
I?m excited to see what Mike the Leg can.

Nelson can be amazing but needs to stay healthy!

Long snapper is in question to me most.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 01, 2021, 12:14:32 PM
I?m excited to see what Mike the Leg can.

Nelson can be amazing but needs to stay healthy!

Long snapper is in question to me most.

Benson was a good LS but he's also 34 and I think we will see some of the draft choices getting an opportunity. I don't know if any of them are ST players that could learn to LS.

It is a bit of a concern though.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 01, 2021, 12:50:52 PM
How does the possibility of one of the new Global guys (Maruo/Oyelola) slotting into long snapper affect the roster?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 01, 2021, 02:52:44 PM
How does the possibility of one of the new Global guys (Maruo/Oyelola) slotting into long snapper affect the roster?

In 2021 the league decided to not add the 2nd Global player. So the direct answer to your question is that it won't since I doubt another Global player will unseat Hansen.

The indirect answer to your question if we were allowed a 2nd Global player is still about the same.

The roster was supposed to increase to 45 in order to accommodate that 2nd Global player. It's changed back to 44 only. That's really a decrease from what had been 46 man roster. 2 of those would have been the non dressed on the DR.

I was optimistic about the Global players you mentioned and expected 1 to make the game day roster at LB. Not sure if either would have been a choice for LS.

Let's just say one of them had that capability and we stuck with 2 Global players in 2021. That in theory could have bumped Benson off the roster and created a roster spot for a different Canadian on the roster.

The Global LB might have been more versatile as a LS, LB and ST player than Benson. Might is just another version of IF.

So not sure what would have happened. As I suggested above, one of the Canadian draft choices might get a chance at LS.

Now I wonder how many Global players will show up for TC's around the CFL. 18 positions stays at 9 this year.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 01, 2021, 04:09:31 PM
Thanks, didn't know they weren't keeping 2 Globals.

Ya, that's what I was thinking about - with the versatility of having a LB/LS/ST global guy.  I guess that doesn't really play into it then for this year as I agree that Hansen will win the 1 spot.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 01, 2021, 06:19:52 PM
Some big WR's in camp this year.  Adams, Bailey & Lawler going to have to prove themselves. 

Some with experience, like this guy they just signed today, will not likely stick around on PR.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 01, 2021, 06:25:47 PM
BLUE BOMBERS SIGN RECEIVER CAM MEREDITH

WINNIPEG, MB., July 1, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has added American receiver Cam Meredith to the roster.

Meredith (6-3, 207, Illinois State, September 21, 1992 in Westchester, Ill.) comes to the Blue Bombers with 31 games of National Football League experience - 25 with the Chicago Bears over the 2015-16 seasons and six with the New Orleans Saints in 2018. He spent part of the 2019 season with the New England Patriots.

Meredith began his college career with Illinois State in 2011 as a quarterback before switching to receiver in 2013. Over the next two seasons, he led the Redbirds in receiving and finished 2014 with 66 receptions for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games.

He was signed by the Bears as undrafted free agent in 2015 and finished his rookie campaign with 11 receptions for 120 yards in 11 games and followed that with 66 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games in 2016.

In 2017 Meredith suffered a torn ACL in Chicago's third preseason game, costing him the entire season. He then signed with the New Orleans Saints but injuries limited Meredith to just six games in '18 and he was then released in late July of 2019. He then signed with the Patriots but was released in October of that year.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/01/blue-bombers-sign-receiver-cam-meredith/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/01/blue-bombers-sign-receiver-cam-meredith/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 01, 2021, 06:33:56 PM
POSITIONAL PREVIEW - LINEBACKERS
JULY 1, 2021 - Ed Tait

THE LINEBACKERS

It's never wise to make assumptions about anything in professional football, especially when it comes to staring at a depth chart and surmising who goes where on the various units.

Yet, it's hard not to come to this rather concrete conclusion when looking at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacking corps: barring injury or an act of God you can pencil in Adam Bighill and Kyrie Wilson. Check that, scrap the pencil and go ahead and use permanent marker.

Make no mistake, there will be changes to the Bombers defence in 2021, especially as the club looks to plug some holes in the secondary and replace pieces along the defensive line. But the two spots in between those units - the middle and weak-side linebacker - are owned by Bighill and Wilson and it's difficult to imagine anyone prying those gigs from their hands (Just FYI: the strong-side linebacker position has been held by a defensive back for eons, and is listed as a Dime in our secondary preview).

Bighill is the two-time Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Defensive Player (2015, 2018) and five-time CFL All-Star whose play and leadership were so key to a defence that was the team's backbone in the 2019 Grey Cup run. At 32 and with his commitment to fitness, he's also entering his legacy years - a time when he could cement himself as one of the league's all-time great defenders.

Wilson, meanwhile, authored a solid 2019 season - his first starting all 18 games - and is coming off arguably his best game as a Bomber in the 2019 championship. Quiet and understated, he might just be the CFL's most-underrated player.

The Bombers have brought in three import players who will battle to provide depth behind Bighill and Wilson, but veteran Canadian Jesse Briggs is available to back up both spots and he made his first start in 2019 at weak-side when Wilson moved over to replace an injured Bighill for three games.

All of this isn't to suggest the linebacker spots won't be studied closely by the Bombers coaching staff. Every position is analyzed and over-analyzed from the moment players first step on the field. It's only natural, too, when the head coach earned a position in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame by dominating at the position during his playing days.

TRAINING CAMP 2021 PREVIEW

A LOOK AT THE LINEBACKERS

The Returnees:


Starters: MLB Adam Bighill, WLB Kyrie Wilson (Sam LB now listed as Dime and included in our defensive back preview)

Reserves: Jesse Briggs*, Shayne Gauthier*

Free-agent additions: none

Departed: Thomas Miles*, Brandon Calver*, Korey Jones, Manuel Hernandez-Reyes (G)

2020/2021 CFL Draft/Global picks: Tanner Cadwallader*, Robbie Lowes*, Les Maruo (G), Ayo Oyelola (G)

CFL newcomers: Otha Peters, Jr., Mason Moe, Jontrell Rocquemore

*Indicates Canadian; (G) - Global player

IMPACT NEWCOMER(S)

The Canadian/Global draft picks listed above. It's not that Bighill and Wilson won't get pushed, it's just that with no preseason games there's an expectation the Bombers will open the year with a veteran-laden squad.

But there are jobs to be won on special teams. Case in point: the Bombers dressed four linebackers behind Wilson and Bighill in the Grey Cup and did so regularly in '19.

X FACTOR: Les Maruo

The CFL adjusted its Global player rule for this condensed season. Teams will no longer be required to dress two, but can do so if they wish (an American would then have to come off the roster, not a Canadian). DL Thiadric Hansen established himself as the CFL's best Global player in '19, but Maruo - who played at the University of Texas-San Antonio and then two years in Japan's X League - could give the Bombers depth both at linebacker and at the Global spot.

BIG STAT
: 675

Adam Bighill's career tackle total, placing him 10th on the all-time list. He trails Kevin Eiben, currently in 9th place by 47 tackles and eighth place Greg Battle by 99.

FYI

Briggs ranks second only to Jake Thomas in terms of games played for the Bombers among active players. Thomas has 137 regular-season games to his name, Briggs is at 91.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/01/positional-preview-linebackers-5/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/01/positional-preview-linebackers-5/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 01, 2021, 07:32:42 PM
Thanks, didn't know they weren't keeping 2 Globals.

Ya, that's what I was thinking about - with the versatility of having a LB/LS/ST global guy.  I guess that doesn't really play into it then for this year as I agree that Hansen will win the 1 spot.

I see below that we can keep a 2nd Global player but at the expense of an American. That American would have been effectively a DI. So we'd still have the same situation with 4 DI's but 1 would be a Global potentially.

Now the question becomes is the Global LB better than the American LB choices?

I don't know but it's an even battle from a ratio point of view and the best choice will win the roster spot. The Globals sounded great but they got more press coverage than the imports.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 02, 2021, 04:59:03 PM
Here's an article I came across on one of the recent OLine guys recently signed.  Sounds interesting, very fast & athletic.

https://www.nola.com/sports/tulane/article_025f82dc-c06b-11e9-bc4e-2be6e96f91b3.html


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 02, 2021, 05:12:18 PM
Here's an article I came across on one of the recent OLine guys recently signed.  Sounds interesting, very fast & athletic.

https://www.nola.com/sports/tulane/article_025f82dc-c06b-11e9-bc4e-2be6e96f91b3.html


He'll be one of the smallest OL in TC. Athletic with good footwork is an advantage more so than weight, possibly.

OTOH, I believe Hardrick would move to LT if Bryant is injured before a rookie would start. OL that can play LT are not easy to find.

While most OL get work across the entire OL during TC, I think a rookie needs to be effective on both sides. It's not as easy as it sounds but we will see 1 and possibly 2 OL on the PR. If he's really only suited to LT that isn't necessarily a bad thing if he's a very good prospect.

Adjusting to the yard off the ball and speed of CFL game is probably more difficult than being able to play on either side of the line for some? All the imports will have that same adjustment period.

At the moment we have 5 rookie imports and 1 Global coming to TC.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on July 02, 2021, 08:16:20 PM
Here's an article I came across on one of the recent OLine guys recently signed.  Sounds interesting, very fast & athletic.

https://www.nola.com/sports/tulane/article_025f82dc-c06b-11e9-bc4e-2be6e96f91b3.html


Reading that article reminds me of Dan Knapp, who was a TE converted to OT in college.  He ran about 285 lbs and played 7 or 8 games for the Bombers in 2013 and 2014.  He got some starts at tackle when both January and Jones went on the limp, but was overmatched.  Very athletic though, and quite strong.

He also got a look at RG when Pencer washed out, but didn't dominate there.

I wish this kid luck, but there aren't a lot of underweight OTs in pro ball.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 02, 2021, 09:57:56 PM
Transactions:

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2021-07-02   WPG   BAILEY, Hakeem   DB   A   West Virginia   Add To   Active Roster
2021-07-02   WPG   KEARSE-THOMAS, Khaylan   LB   A   Arizona State   Add To   Active Roste


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 03, 2021, 12:53:22 PM
Transactions:

2021-07-02   WPG   RIVERS, David   DB   A   Youngstown State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-07-02   WPG   BAILEY, Hakeem   DB   A   West Virginia   Add To   Active Roster
2021-07-02   WPG   KEARSE-THOMAS, Khaylan   LB   A   Arizona State   Add To   Active Roste

I've lost count but I think we now have 111 on our roster and 29 DB's???!!!

IIRC teams have to be down to 100 players by July 10th?

Bryant Mitchell retired on 03/29 and none are listed as retired since. Every other team seems to have had sweeping retirements hit their rosters in the last couple of weeks.

Can it really be that even our rookies intend to come to TC? Either way we have to clear some roster space and I'm not sure what the team knows and hasn't announced or doesn't know. Flight reservations must be in process for those actually coming in a week.

Hopefully there are no disappointments in any veterans pulling the plug on 2021.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 03, 2021, 08:58:00 PM
POSITIONAL PREVIEW - DEFENSIVE LINE
JULY 2, 2021 - Ed Tait

DEFENSIVE LINE

They came flying off the edge, and rammed straight through the middle. They forced fumbles, registered sacks and tackles for losses, knocked down passes, changed throwing lanes, and rushed throws.

Yes, the last time the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive line was seen doing their thing - and that would be the 2019 Grey Cup - the unit was an absolute tour de force that not only made Hamilton Tiger-Cat quarterback Dane Evans' night positively miserable, but was critical in shutting down the Canadian Football League's most potent offence.

The Bombers dominated the line of scrimmage in winning the franchise's 11th title, with the offensive line doing their thing to open massive holes for Andrew Harris and keep Zach Collaros and Chris Streveler upright. And the defence, led by the front, were the game changers.

Returning for '21 are the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in Willie Jefferson, whose first year as a Blue Bomber was nothing short of spectacular. In addition to posting a career-best 12 sacks, he set a CFL record for a D-lineman by swatting down 16 passes, and led the lead in forced fumbles.

In short, the three-time CFL All Star was exactly the kind of defensive playmaker the club envisioned when making him their marquee free agent addition in the winter of '19.

Jefferson will be flanked by Jackson Jeffcoat - whose Grey Cup performance was arguably his best as a Blue Bomber - at the other end. There's a sense there is more to come from the 30-year-old veteran if he can stay healthy, as injuries have kept him from a dozen games over the last two years. The club has lost tackle Drake Nevis and end Craig Roh to the Toronto Argonauts in free agency, but still has Stephen 'Stove' Richardson to potentially move into the tackle spot he shared with Nevis alongside veteran Canadian Jake Thomas.

Add Canadian Johnathan Kongbo and Global player Thiadric Hansen to the mix and the club has arguably the best D-line in the CFL, although you'll certainly get arguments from two-three other clubs.

Just as a refresher, back in '19 Winnipeg surrendered the fewest yards rushing per game and finished second in forced turnovers and interceptions, third in opposition passing efficiency against and fourth in sacks. And much of that came as a direct result of their dominant work up front.

So, given the D-line depth and stability, by the time these guys get back at it - some 20 months and 12 days since the '19 championship - they figure to once again have opposition QBs across the CFL once again waking up in cold sweats and contemplating career changes.


TRAINING CAMP 2021 PREVIEW

A LOOK AT THE DEFENSIVE LINE

The Returnees:

Starters: DE Willie Jefferson, Jackson Jeffcoat; DT: Jake Thomas*, Steven Richardson

Reserves: Jonathan Kongbo*, Thiadric Hansen (G), Connor Griffiths*

CFL free agent additions: Tobi Antigha, Patrick Choudja (began 2019 with Winnipeg, finished with Calgary)

Departed: Drake Nevis, Craig Roh

2020/2021 CFL Draft/Global picks: Nick Dheilly

CFL newcomers
: Justin Alexandre, Vontarrius Dora, David Kenney, Royce LaFrance, Andree Saint-Amour, Cedric Wilcots, Zach Houghron*, Ezekiel Rose, Casey Sayles, Ricky Walker

IMPACT NEWCOMER: Tobi Antigha

Antigha signed with the Bombers in the 2020 free agency period and brings 46 games of CFL experience with Toronto and Saskatchewan to the club. He's versatile enough to play both end and linebacker, all of which makes him a good fit in Richie Hall's defence where players can be moved around like chess pieces.

X FACTOR: Jonathan Kongbo

His return to the club in early June didn't generate any fanfare, but could potentially be huge for the club. He spent 2020 trying to land a job with the San Francisco 49ers, but an injury late in camp killed that shot. He played one game in The Spring League before returning to Winnipeg.

He has the speed and quickness to play end, but has also taken snaps at defensive tackle. That kind of versatility gives the Bombers so many options, both with the line and with the ratio.

BIG STAT: 64.2

The Bombers defence allowed the fewest rushing yards in the CFL at 64.2. The next lowest was Saskatchewan at 92.6. It marked the first time since 2003 the Bombers D ranked first in this category.

FYI

How much pressure did Jackson Jeffcoat and Willie Jefferson bring in the 2019 Grey Cup? Consider this: the two ends combined for six tackles, five quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/02/positional-preview-defensive-line-5/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/02/positional-preview-defensive-line-5/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 03, 2021, 09:08:15 PM
POSITIONAL PREVIEW - OFFENSIVE LINE
JULY 3, 2021 - Ed Tait

OFFENSIVE LINE

No positional group on the roster of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offers more rock-solid stability than along the offensive line.

And, just to be clear, the men who draw the most pleasure from that fact - outside of the big eaters themselves - are running back Andrew Harris, quarterback Zach Collaros and offensive coordinator Buck Pierce.

Just like their compadres on the defensive line, when this unit was last on the field together they were dominant in their work pushing around the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a superb Grey Cup performance in which the Bombers absolutely owned the line of scrimmage.

Their collective fingerprints from that game were all over the 405 yards of net offence the Bombers generated that fateful Sunday, including a jaw-dropping 186 along the ground. Harris earned two individual awards with their help, capturing both the game's MVP and top Canadian honours.

That has been the theme offensively over the last few years: while injuries impacted who lined up behind centre and led to occasional changes in the receiving corps, Bomber fans could always count on Harris and the men up front to grind out real estate along the ground.

While centre Cody Speller has left for the Toronto Argonauts and the promise of more starts - he filled admirably in for regular starter Michael Couture during the playoffs after Couture was injured in the regular season finale - the same crew that bulldozed through 2019 remains intact.

And the fact that that bunch - the durable future hall of fame left tackle Stanley Bryant, up-and-coming guard Drew Desjarlais, Couture, veteran guard Pat Neufeld and steady right tackle Jermarcus Hardrick - will take up their regular spots up front is a big reason why Harris has a shot at his fourth straight rushing crown. It's why Collaros and Pierce are so eager to work together for a full season.

Yes, a healthy, dominant and well-fed offensive line can help everyone around it sleep better at night. It should also be said that in Canadians Geoff Gray, Tui Eli and Chris Kolankowski, the Bombers' O-line depth has never been better. Like, never.

All of this is mammoth as camps are about to open for what will be a 14-game season with no preseason contests. Continuity will most certainly matter, especially for a team that draws its offensive identity from bullying people up front. It's smash-mouth, old-school - however you want to phrase it - but the Blue Bombers have proven it works.

TRAINING CAMP 2021 PREVIEW

A LOOK AT THE OFFENSIVE LINE

The Returnees:

Starters: LT Stanley Bryant, LG Drew Desjarlais*, C Michael Couture*, RG Pat Neufeld*, RT Jermarcus Hardrick

Reserves: Geoff Gray*, Tui Eli*

CFL free-agent additions: Chris Kolankowski (Toronto).

Departed: Cody Speller* (Toronto).

2020/2021 CFL Draft/Global picks in camp: Tomoya Machino (G)

CFL newcomers: Dino Boyd, Tyler Johnson, Kevin Lawrence, Terry Poole, Nolan Ulizio

IMPACT NEWCOMER: Tomoya Machino

It's difficult to imagine much change to this unit, not just with the starting five but with those that back them up regularly. If nothing else Machino will be a player to study during camp.

Selected in the second round, 15th overall, of the CFL's 2021 Global Draft, Machino has the size at 6-5, 299. He's also the description of 'project player' in every sense of the term, having played baseball in high school before not taking up football until he arrived at Kyoto University.

Machino apparently popped off the page at the CFL Combine in Japan and also played for his country at the 2018 World University Championships.

X FACTOR: Geoff Gray/Tui Eli

Gray, the University of Manitoba product and 2017 first-round draft pick by the Bombers, earned 12 starts last season for an injured Neufeld. Eli, meanwhile, spent much of 2019 getting back into football mode after missing 2018 with an injury. There's a sense both men are still just scratching the surface of their potential.

BIG STAT: 36

The average number of sacks the Bombers have surrendered over the last four years -35 in 2019, 36 in 2018, 38 in 2017 and 35 in 2016. We bring this with a point of context and one nugget to showcase the improvement up front ... in 2015 alone the Bombers surrendered a whopping 71 sacks.

FYI: 90

Stanley Bryant has started 90 consecutive games for the Bombers, not missing a single contest since signing here as a free agent in 2015. Given he plays the left tackle position, that's a remarkable run of consistency.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/03/positional-preview-offensive-line-5/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/03/positional-preview-offensive-line-5/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 05, 2021, 08:23:25 PM
POSITIONAL PREVIEW - RUNNING BACKS
JULY 4, 2021 - Ed Tait

RUNNING BACKS


One day in the future - maybe it's within a calendar year, maybe it's not for another two-three-four-five years - Andrew Harris will walk into the football operations offices of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and make this declaration:

"That's it. I'm done."

It seems that until then, however, he'll just keep on kicking Father Time's backside all over the place while further cementing his place in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Of this, there is no debate: the Blue Bombers star running back turned 34 in late April and missed out on adding to his legacy numbers with the cancellation of the Canadian Football League's 2020 season. That legacy already includes being a five-time CFL All-Star, the league's Most Outstanding Canadian in 2017, the first player in Grey Cup history to be named the MVP and top Canadian, the CFL's all-time leader in yards from scrimmage and rushing yards by a Canadian.

So the question on everyone's lips as camp opens this week is this: will the year away from the game refresh and revive the Winnipeg product, or lead to rust that pushes him to the end of his career?

In any case, Harris has stressed over and over again during this long absence that the fire still burns in his belly and that massive chip on his shoulder that has been his trademark very much remains in place.

It should be said, then, that with the Bombers entire starting O-line returning Harris has a real shot at chasing his fourth consecutive rushing title - a feat that hasn't been done since Mike Pringle of the Montreal Alouettes from 1997-2000.

The Bombers have brought in a couple of intriguing American prospects in Joshua Caldwell and James Williams, but it's the homegrown depth behind Harris that means the club will keep the spot Canadian now and, possibly, in the years ahead.

Johnny Augustine proved to be a solid replacement when he filled in for Harris for two games in 2019, and in Brady Oliveira and 2021 CFL Draft pick Kyle Borsa the Canadian RB cupboard is well stocked. Veteran Mike Miller remains a lock at fullback and as a force on special teams, where he is poised to become the CFL's all-time special-teams tackles leader.

In the end, though, as the Bombers ready to begin preparations on a condensed season, the focus will remain squarely on Harris - and with good reason. He is now a 19-to-10 favourite to win the rushing crown again and 9-to-4 to win the Most Outstanding Canadian award.

And bold is the bettor who puts down money against him.

TRAINING CAMP 2021 PREVIEW

A LOOK AT THE RUNNING BACKS

The Returnees:

Starter: Andrew Harris

Reserves: RB Johnny Augustine*, RB Brady Oliveira*, FB Mike Miller*

CFL free-agent additions: none

Departed: FB John Rush*

2020/2021 CFL Draft/Global picks in camp: Kyle Borsa

CFL newcomers: Joshua Caldwell, James Williams

*Indicates: Canadian

IMPACT NEWCOMER: Kyle Borsa

Selected in the 5th round, 39th overall, of the 2021 CFL Draft, Borsa isn't just an intriguing prospect to line up behind Harris, Augustine and Oliveira on the RB depth chart, but could also get some work at slotback. In many ways, he could be a clone of Nic Demski - a versatile athlete who could line up in the slot and then get the occasional carry out of the backfield. In any case, his first route to a roster spot will be on special teams.

X FACTOR: Brady Oliveira

Oliveira suffered a leg injury in the second game of the 2019 season and while he busted his backside to return to practice later that season, he did not see any game action again. A finalist for the Jon Cornish Trophy as the most outstanding Canadian in college football in 2018, he very much remains an intriguing prospect.

BIG STAT: 75

During his four seasons as a Blue Bomber Andrew Harris has pulled in 300 passes - an average of 75 per year. That's an astonishing number for a RB, and more than any other Bombers player, with Darvin Adams second over that span at 235.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/04/positional-preview-running-backs-5/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/04/positional-preview-running-backs-5/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 05, 2021, 08:31:39 PM
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS' STOUT DEFENCE READY FOR 2021
JULY 2, 2021 - CFL.CA STAFF

https://www.cfl.ca/2021/07/02/continuity-key-bombers-stout-defence-ready-2021/ (https://www.cfl.ca/2021/07/02/continuity-key-bombers-stout-defence-ready-2021/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 07, 2021, 02:41:02 AM
POSITIONAL PREVIEW - RECEIVERS
JULY 6, 2021 - Ed Tait

RECEIVERS


It is a collection of men that is more hard-hat and lunch-pail than being all about flash and style.

Oh, they can sparkle brightly on occasion - see: 2019 Grey Cup playoffs - but are more often simply about getting it done while doing the unnoticed dirty work that comes with the gig.

To that end, the fact that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers return all five starting receivers from the '19 Cup run - wideouts Darvin Adams and Drew Wolitarsky and slots Nic Demski, Kenny Lawler and Rasheed Bailey - is welcome news as the club begins its championship defence all these months later.

Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't also mention who isn't here, as free-agent addition Bryant Mitchell was to provide another big-play element to the attack before he opted to retire this spring. The fact that the club pursued and signed him does indicate it is seeking more targets for the receiving corps, with the candidates likely coming from the 15 fresh faces scheduled to report to camp this week.

Interestingly, outside of Adams - who is the veteran of the group at 31 and has two 1,000-yard seasons to his name - this is a group that also appears to have more to give, especially with Lawler, Demski and Bailey all 27 and Wolitarsky still just 26.

Adams posted back-to-back 1K seasons in 2017 and 2018 before having what he called a disappointing '19, although he was sensational in the playoffs. Lawler led the Bombers in receiving yards at 637 on 46 receptions while being named the team's Most Outstanding Rookie; the spirited Bailey made only four regular-season starts and then three more in the playoffs; Wolitarsky has nine TDs in the last two years while the multi-dimension Demski was one of a handful of players who found an extra gear when it mattered in November of '19.

The yardage and reception numbers for the Bombers receivers were down in '19 - Lawler's 637 was the lowest total to lead the club since Bob LaRose's 587 in 1975 - due to the club's focus on pounding the ball, especially with three different quarterbacks having starts in Zach Collaros, Matt Nichols and Chris Streveler.

It's the upside of the current starting crew along with Adams, plus the big-play potential of receivers/returners Janarion Grant and Charles Nelson could bring to the attack, plus a collection of new faces led by one-time Chicago Bears star Cam Meredith that will certainly have new offensive coordinator Buck Pierce rubbing his hands together like a mad scientist.

All the ingredients seem to be in place. Now it's up to Pierce, Collaros & Co. to turn it into an even more potent concoction.

TRAINING CAMP 2021 PREVIEW

A LOOK AT THE RECEIVERS

The Returnees:

Starters: Darvin Adams, Nic Demski*, Drew Wolitarsky*, Kenny Lawler, Rasheed Bailey

Reserves
: Charles Nelson, Janarion Grant

CFL free-agent additions: none

Departed: Lucky Whitehead (B.C.); Daniel Petermann* (Ottawa), Kenny Walker

2020/2021 CFL Draft/Global picks in camp: Brendan O'Leary-Orange*

CFL newcomers
: Carlton Agudosi, Deontez Alexander, Macho Bockru*, Montay Crockett, Davon Grayson, Quadree Henderson, Blake
Jackson, Malcolm Lewis, Mekale McKay, Kelvin McKnight, Cam Meredith, Alonzo Russell, ArDarius Stewart, James Tyrell*, C.J. Worton.

*Indicates: Canadian

IMPACT NEWCOMER: Cam Meredith

We told you of his signing on Canada Day and the man?s resum? sparkles. There will undoubtedly be questions about whether his knee is 100 percent, but if the hinge holds up the Bombers could be adding another game-breaking receiver to their arsenal.

X FACTOR
: Kenny Lawler

Lawler already lead the Bombers in receiving, as a rookie back in 2019, so calling him an 'X Factor' might seem a bit of a reach. But like many players who enter their second year in the CFL, Lawler could be on the verge of posting gaudy totals as the game slows down for many as they master the 'Waggle' and other tricks of playing receiver in the three-down game and on a wider field. He also rather quickly established a chemistry with QB Zach Collaros when the veteran arrived at the CFL trade deadline.

BIG STAT: 3,819

The Bombers finished first in rushing yardage in 2019, but was last in the CFL with 3,819 yards through the air. Again, much of that has to do with starting three different QBs, but that total was the lowest for the club through the air since 2009, when the passing yardage was 3,600.

FYI

The last two Grey Cup champions - your 2019 Blue Bombers and the 2018 Calgary Stampeders - did not have a receiver reach the 1K mark. In fact, the last two Bomber Grey Cup teams, in 2019 and 1990, did not have a receiver crack the 1,000-yard mark. Lawler led the club with 637 in '19, with Rick House the top receiver in yardage in 1990 at 883.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/06/positional-preview-receivers-5/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/06/positional-preview-receivers-5/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 07, 2021, 02:50:24 AM
POSITIONAL PREVIEW - QUARTERBACKS
JULY 6, 2021 - Ed Tait

QUARTERBACKS

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will open camp this week with Zach Collaros as the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback - of that there is no debate.

After all, that's what going unbeaten in your starts and helping the team end a 28-year championship drought can earn a man: not only the adulation of a Grey Cup-starved fan base, but a brand new contract and a fresh start.

Here's the interesting thing about all that: Zach Collaros has made exactly one regular-season start for the Blue Bombers. Heck, yeah, the three in the playoffs were absolutely meaningful, but the story of his arrival is testament to the old expression that 'timing is everything and if it's mean to happen it will, at the right time and for the right reason.'

Acquired in the dying moments just before the close of business at the CFL trade deadline in October of 2019, Collaros was added after Matt Nichols had been shut down for the season with an injury and with Chris Streveler feeling the accumulative effects of taking a pounding in his starts in relief.

Collaros made an instant impression with everyone on and off the field and when the '19 season ended the club had a serious decision to make: hitch their wagon again to Nichols, who was so vital in the franchise turnaround but was coming off shoulder surgery on his throwing arm, or to the man who was 4-0 in his starts and took the final knee in victory in the Grey Cup.

All this means that for the first time since the summer of 2016 the Bombers will enter camp with a new clear-cut No. 1 QB behind centre. Collaros' skill has never been questioned - he was twice named the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Most Outstanding Player - but he has been crushed by injuries in recent seasons, having not played a full 18 games since 2017.

That makes the man directly behind him on the depth chart - the talented but untested Sean McGuire - one of the most-intriguing players not only heading into training camp, but the regular season.

Offensive coordinator Buck Pierce and the Bombers coaches love McGuire's toughness, his arm and his leadership ability, but with just three pass attempts to his name there will be questions about how vulnerable the defending Grey Cup champs are if Collaros goes down.

You see, not only has Nichols exited - first to Toronto and then to Ottawa - but the club has also lost Streveler and his unique rhino-in-a-quarterback's-body skillset to the Arizona Cardinals.

To offset that, the club has also brought two interesting prospects into camp in former Hawaii/Oklahoma State starter Dru Brown and Dalton Sneed, who threw for 47 touchdowns and over 6,000 yards in his last two seasons at Montana State. Still, with no preseason games that pair must truly be seen as projects heading into the '21 campaign.

So there are essentially two storylines in play here at the same time as the Bombers ready to open: the excitement of what Collaros could do with this offence and with his receiving corps with a full training camp under his belt, and the underlying worry - just as it would be with any team and their QB1 - of what life might look like without him.

TRAINING CAMP 2021 PREVIEW

A LOOK AT THE QUARTERBACKS

The Returnees:

Starter: Zach Collaros

Reserves: Sean McGuire

CFL free-agent additions
: none

Departed: Matt Nichols (Ott.), Chris Streveler (Arizona, NFL)

2020/2021 CFL Draft/Global picks in camp: None

CFL newcomers: Dalton Sneed, Dru Brown

IMPACT NEWCOMER
: Zach Collaros

We're not trying to be cute here, but the reality is spelled out above. Collaros was 22 of 28 for 221 yards with two TDs and one TD in his lone regular-season start. And while he was a quick study of the offence and those around him in the spectacular playoff run of '19, he comes into camp with less games played with the Bombers than McGuire, the man listed behind him on the depth chart.

X FACTOR
: Buck Pierce

This isn't just about Pierce replacing Paul LaPolice as offensive coordinator after the latter moved on to the head coaching gig in Ottawa. Think of it this way: Bombers QBs will benefit from having one of the most-respected coaches in the CFL now leading their room AND the offence. Pierce was in high demand across the CFL over the last few seasons, but opted to stay with the Bombers not just because he liked Winnipeg and his family is here, but because of this very opportunity.

BIG STAT: 105.6

Collaros posted a 105.6 QB-efficiency rating in his four starts with the Bombers. Small sample-size yes, but only two other QBs had a higher rating in 2019 - Nick Arbuckle at 106.5 and Nichols at 107.2.

FYI

The Bombers went 41-21 under Nichols from 2015-19 and, even though the injury limited him to 11 starts in '19, he did lead the club in passing for five straight seasons.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/06/positional-preview-quarterbacks-5/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/06/positional-preview-quarterbacks-5/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GOLDMEMBER on July 07, 2021, 03:43:37 AM
Love it thanks goBgo!


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 07, 2021, 03:49:58 AM
The team has issued jersey numbers to the players;

Some notes:
- Bombers list 103 players on the roster.
- numbers not issued - 11, 28, 63, 75, 85
- 17 is being used by Blake Jackson WR, Mazzi Wilkins DB
- 22 Kyle Borsa RB, Ranthony Texada DB
- 25 Joshua Caldwell RB, Prince Robinson DB
- 57 Tanner Cadwallader LB, Tyler Johnson OL
- 84 ArDarius Stewart WR, Carlton Agudosi WR
- 91 Connor Griffiths DL, Andree Saint-Amour DL
- players without numbers; Mekale McKay WR, Mason Moe LB

https://www.bluebombers.com/roster/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/roster/)

Jersey info from Ed Tait from a few years ago;

In the meantime, some jersey number background info:

The Bombers haven't formally retired numbers, but the following are officially no longer available to players:

11 - Worn by hall of famer Ken Ploen, the face of this franchise during his playing days from 1957-67 and later into his retirement. Ploen also wore 89, as did many players of that era who played both sides of the ball.

28 - Jeff Nicklin was a decorated Bomber from 1934-40 before becoming a decorated soldier in World War II, passing away on the battlefield in 1945. The winner of the Most Outstanding Player Award in the West Division is annually presented with the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy.

75 - As a tribute to Tommy Lumsden, who played end, defensive end, tackle and guard for the Bombers from 1951-54 but passed away at the age of 25 in a Winnipeg hospital while suffering a gall bladder attack near Beausejour. The Tommy Lumsden Trophy is presented annually to the Bombers' top Canadian player.

That information is passed down from one equipment manager to the next and Brad Fotty, who has been in the position since 1990, has since put Walby's 63 and Stegall's 85 out of commission. The same was done for Bob Cameron's 6, but when the club signed quarterback Dominique Davis - who asked for that number - the hall of fame punter gave his thumbs up for it to be brought back.

https://www.bluebombers.com/blue-by-the-numbers/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/blue-by-the-numbers/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ModAdmin on July 07, 2021, 04:29:50 AM
Great information GoBGo


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 07, 2021, 04:52:26 AM
Players I have listed on the roster that the Bombers haven't added to their roster page:

James Williams RB   A   signed Mar 5 2021
Patrick Choudja - 99 DL   A   signed to future contract Oct 10 2019
Vontarrius Dora DL   A   signed Jan 11 2021
K Kearse-Thomas LB   A   signed July 2 2021   
Dexter McDougle  DB   A   signed Feb 6 2020                                     
David Rivers  DB   A   signed July 2 2021 
Hakeem Baily  DB   A   signed July 2 2021 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 07, 2021, 05:53:05 AM
My unofficial numbers by postion;

Quaterback
4

Runningback
4 Nationals
2 Americans

Fullback
1 National

Receiver
18 Americans
 5 Nationals

Oline
7 Americans
6 Nationals
1 Global

Kicker

1 National

Long-snapper
1 National

D-Lineman
12 Americans
 5 Nationals
 1 Global

Linebacker
8 Americans
4 Nationals
2 Globals

Defensive Back
24 Americans
 3 Nationals
 1 Global

110 players in total



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 07, 2021, 12:19:47 PM
Players I have listed on the roster that the Bombers haven't added to their roster page:

James Williams RB   A   signed Mar 5 2021
Patrick Choudja - 99 DL   A   signed to future contract Oct 10 2019
Vontarrius Dora DL   A   signed Jan 11 2021
K Kearse-Thomas LB   A   signed July 2 2021   
Dexter McDougle  DB   A   signed Feb 6 2020                                     
David Rivers  DB   A   signed July 2 2021 
Hakeem Baily  DB   A   signed July 2 2021 

Chouda, McDougle, Dora and Williams were on the roster page before ( IIRC ) so I wonder if they have been released.

The same question for the two players with out numbers. Moe and McKay

In each instance these players were among the oldest signings back in late 2019 or early 2020.

My suspicion was that the oldest signings might be those that decided not to come to TC or were released by the team at some point. As new players were added more recently, those signings added for TC 2020 might have been displaced in some cases.

Still waiting for the final crunch of transactions to get us down to the 100 player limit. Mostly just hoping we don't have any veterans retiring.

I can understand why the very recent July signings haven't been added to the roster while final paperwork is being filled. OTOH, players not on the roster or not getting numbers IMO means not coming.




Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on July 07, 2021, 02:03:49 PM
Chouda, McDougle, Dora and Williams were on the roster page before ( IIRC ) so I wonder if they have been released.

The same question for the two players with out numbers. Moe and McKay

In each instance these players were among the oldest signings back in late 2019 or early 2020.

My suspicion was that the oldest signings might be those that decided not to come to TC or were released by the team at some point. As new players were added more recently, those signings added for TC 2020 might have been displaced in some cases.

Still waiting for the final crunch of transactions to get us down to the 100 player limit. Mostly just hoping we don't have any veterans retiring.

I can understand why the very recent July signings haven't been added to the roster while final paperwork is being filled. OTOH, players not on the roster or not getting numbers IMO means not coming.




I would be surprised if Mekale Mckay was a pre-camp cut by the Bombers. He has been on our neg list for years and the Bombers have hotly pursued him but could never convince him to come North until now as he opted for the AAF and XFL instead. If he is not in camp my guess is that he opted out and asked for his release to go back to the XFL when it resumes.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 07, 2021, 03:31:20 PM
I would be surprised if Mekale Mckay was a pre-camp cut by the Bombers. He has been on our neg list for years and the Bombers have hotly pursued him but could never convince him to come North until now as he opted for the AAF and XFL instead. If he is not in camp my guess is that he opted out and asked for his release to go back to the XFL when it resumes.

I was high on him as well and agree with what you're saying. OTOH, XFL or USFL in 2022 might have come into play for him asking for his release. Or it could be a Covid related decision.

Hard to tell why a player signed 18 months ago doesn't show on the roster that was just updated this week. Ditto for the others I mentioned.

110 players so something has to give.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on July 07, 2021, 03:39:21 PM
I was high on him as well and agree with what you're saying. OTOH, XFL or USFL in 2022 might have come into play for him asking for his release. Or it could be a Covid related decision.

Hard to tell why a play signed 18 months ago doesn't show on the roster that was just updated this week. Ditto for the others I mentioned.

110 players so something has to give.

For sure....and I hope he is here at camp, or we cut him because we found better prospects.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 07, 2021, 04:23:20 PM
For sure....and I hope he is here at camp, or we cut him because we found better prospects.

I would have thought he'd be quite high on the early TC depth chart as far as rookies. He might still be coming and we'll find out soon enough.

The better prospect aspect is something we fans wonder about as players are added and others deleted. Ultimately we don't know what the basis of some decisions are about.

This year even more so with rookie " retirements or suspensions ".

Some positional groups like DB's where we have 28 in total is easier to lose a few in that fashion without adding. However we HAVE added 3 in July. Hence my expectation some rookies are no shows. The coaches will have a perception of skill set, versatility and probable specific each is looking to win and an initial depth chart.

Unlike losing 3 - 4 OL or LB's where we have less imports coming to camp.

The Bombers have the least amount of deletions post free agency as far as I can tell. Maybe being Grey Cup champs plays into that.

Odds are against at least some players deciding to not play in 2021. The question is which ones are making those decisions.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ichabod_crane on July 07, 2021, 09:12:15 PM
I would be surprised if Mekale Mckay was a pre-camp cut by the Bombers. He has been on our neg list for years and the Bombers have hotly pursued him but could never convince him to come North until now as he opted for the AAF and XFL instead. If he is not in camp my guess is that he opted out and asked for his release to go back to the XFL when it resumes.

Mckay has a long wait for the XFL then. Stated in today's news that no plans to start UNTIL 2023! Long time to go without a pay cheque. You will be forgotten in the NFL or CFL if you sit on the sidelines that long unless another COVID lockdown comes again.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ichabod_crane on July 07, 2021, 09:16:54 PM
Even if the XFL were to play next year (which they are not now) or the vaporware USFL, he could get a one year/season contract and leave via free agency or have a gentleman's agreement with Kyle Walters to be released if he gets an XFL or NFL offer in the off season. Many players have done this in the past. He needs film and reps to progress and get known anywhere. Working out or showing up at try-out camps is not like showing off in actual game action.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 07, 2021, 10:02:30 PM
We don't know with certainty that McKay isn't coming to TC. It was just speculation on my part that not assigning a number to a player might be an indication.

I hope he's coming to TC. Sunday we'll know one way or the other.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 08, 2021, 08:35:09 AM
We don't know with certainty that McKay isn't coming to TC. It was just speculation on my part that not assigning a number to a player might be an indication.

I hope he's coming to TC. Sunday we'll know one way or the other.

The rosters are to be sent out to the media on Friday. Guys like Darrin Bauming or Jeff Hamilton will probably tweet out a copy.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 08, 2021, 12:53:45 PM
The rosters are to be sent out to the media on Friday. Guys like Darrin Bauming or Jeff Hamilton will probably tweet out a copy.

Good but that doesn't mean we don't hear some news around the CFL today either. Most teams have been quite active with sweeping changes.

None or less news at this point is probably a good thing. I mean if a significant player wasn't showing up for the season it would have shown up on media somewhere by now?

My expectation is we're only going to lose some CFL rookies that we probably wanted to see. That's unfortunate because they may have been higher perceived prospects than others. One door closes and another opens so to speak.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 08, 2021, 07:23:51 PM
CFL  @CFL.
@Wpg_BlueBombers hoping for a repeat this December.

Off-Season Depth Chart

https://www.cfl.ca/2021/07/08/looking-bombers-hoping-go-back-back/ (https://www.cfl.ca/2021/07/08/looking-bombers-hoping-go-back-back/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 08, 2021, 07:27:26 PM
CFL  @CFL.
@Wpg_BlueBombers hoping for a repeat this December.

Off-Season Depth Chart

https://www.cfl.ca/2021/07/08/looking-bombers-hoping-go-back-back/ (https://www.cfl.ca/2021/07/08/looking-bombers-hoping-go-back-back/)

Can you create a sticky for the depth chart as it's updated during TC?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Horseman on July 08, 2021, 08:02:00 PM
CFL  @CFL.
@Wpg_BlueBombers hoping for a repeat this December.

Off-Season Depth Chart

https://www.cfl.ca/2021/07/08/looking-bombers-hoping-go-back-back/ (https://www.cfl.ca/2021/07/08/looking-bombers-hoping-go-back-back/)

I don't see Cam Meredith listed on the depth chart.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 08, 2021, 09:09:46 PM
I don't see Cam Meredith listed on the depth chart.

Looks like the depth chart was created a few days ago. The 4 signings since July 2 aren't listed (Meredith wasn't officially signed until July 5th).


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 08, 2021, 09:23:10 PM
10 NEWCOMERS TO WATCH
JULY 8, 2021 - Ed Tait

There are no betting lines for something like this, but if there were, the odds would be long.

Every Canadian Football League team undergoes change from one year to the next, what with retirements, trades and free agent additions/subtractions. Couple that with a condensed schedule coming at the cost of preseason games and chances are many teams will lean on their veterans in 2021.

And the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are no exception.

That means it will be difficult for many of the new faces in camp to make an instant first impression and be on the roster for opening night, let alone in the starting lineup. Still, as per usual, there are some very intriguing newcomers who will take the field this weekend with the opening of training camp. Here are 10 - in no particular order - worth tracking:

WR Cam Meredith, #81: He has 31 games of NFL experience to his name, including a sensational 2016 season in which he had 66 catches for 888 yards and four TDs in 14 games. If the knee injury that he suffered in 2017 is in his rearview mirror, the Bombers could be adding another big-play threat.

K Marc Liegghio, #13: He's got a live leg and great credentials from his days at Western. He's also got a gig waiting for him with the retirement of future hall of famer Justin Medlock. Tough cleats to fill.

DB Deatrick Nichols, #42: Spent some time with the Miami Dolphins last year after leading the XFL with three interceptions before the league ceased operations. There are a couple openings for starters in the secondary and he's a legit candidate.

DT Cedric Wilcots II, #97: He's a pile pusher who starred at New Mexico State before being spotted by the Bombers at the 2020 College Gridiron Showcase. The Bombers are stacked on the D-line, but that never stops scouts from searching.

OL Terry Poole
: The Bombers start two import tackles in Stanley Bryant and Jermarcus Hardrick and in Poole have added a mammoth man - 6-5, 325 pounds - who has experience in the XFL and the AAF after being a fourth-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.

DB Redha Kramdi, #43: There are jobs to be won right out of the gate on special teams, especially with the Bombers turning over some of their Canadian content on those units. The club selected Kramdi in the second round, 16th overall, in 2021 and love his defensive versatility.

LB Otha Peters, Jr., #50: Has some NFL experience with Seattle, Washington and Kansas City. Going to be tough to unseat Adam Bighill or Kyrie Wilson, but Bombers brass is intrigued by Peters, Jr.

WR Carlton Agudosi, #86: Another receiving prospect with pro experience - Agudosi has had NFL looks from Arizona and Philadelphia and then with the St. Louis Battlehawks. A big target at 6-6, 220.

LB Les Maruo, #54: The Bombers' first pick in the CFL's 2021 Global Draft, Maruo is Japanese-born/American-raised and played his college ball at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

DL Casey Sayles, #90: Another player with extensive pro experience in the XFL, the Alliance of American Football and also had a look from the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent. He was last with the Battlehawks in the XFL, registering a sack and 8.5 tackles in five games.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/08/10-newcomers-watch/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/08/10-newcomers-watch/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 09, 2021, 07:03:50 PM
BLUE BOMBERS TRANSACTIONS

WINNIPEG, MB., July 9, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Added to roster:

American defensive back David Rivers (6-0, 185, Youngstown, July 23, 1994)
American defensive back Hakeem Bailey (6-0, 190, West Virginia, March 29, 1997)
American linebacker Khaylan Kearse-Thomas (6-1, 225, Arizona State, February 7, 1997)

Released from roster:
American defensive lineman Royce LaFrance

Transferred to retired list:
American defensive end Patrick Choujda

Transferred to suspended list:
National defensive lineman Connor Griffiths
American defensive back Dexter McDougle
American linebacker Mason Moe
American receiver MeKale McKay
American running back James Williams
American running back Josh Caldwell
American defensive end Vontarrius Dora
American defensive back Marwin Evans
American receiver Malcolm Lewis

Blue Bombers suspend nine on eve of training camp, including former third-round pick Connor Griffiths
July 9, 2021  By John Hodge

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a flurry of transactions on Friday fewer than 24 hours ahead of the start of training camp.

American linebacker Khaylan Kearse-Thomas was signed along with American defensive backs David Rivers and Hakeem Bailey.

Defensive end Royce LaFrance, who dressed for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2017, was released, while defensive end Patrick Choujda, who played for the Calgary Stampeders in 2019, was moved to the retired list.

Nine players were also moved to the suspended list, eight of whom are American rookies - running backs James Williams and Josh Caldwell, receivers Malcolm Lewis and Mekale McKay, defensive lineman Vontarrius Dora, linebacker Mason Moe, and defensive backs Dexter McDougle and Marwin Evans.

The most notable suspended player is national defensive tackle Connor Griffiths.

Griffiths was a third-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft out of UBC. He spent his rookie season on the practice roster and was pencilled-in as the second-string nose tackle behind incumbent starter Jake Thomas. His absence could prove costly, though former first-round pick Jonathan Kongbo has experience playing along the interior.

A spokesperson for the Blue Bombers informed 3DownNation that Griffiths has elected to move on from football.

https://3downnation.com/2021/07/09/blue-bombers-suspend-nine-on-eve-of-training-camp-including-former-third-round-pick-connor-griffiths/ (https://3downnation.com/2021/07/09/blue-bombers-suspend-nine-on-eve-of-training-camp-including-former-third-round-pick-connor-griffiths/)

Transactions:
2021-07-10   WPG   MOE, Mason   LB   N      Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-10   WPG   CHOUDJA, Patrick   DL   A   Nevada   Transfer To   Retired
2021-07-10   WPG   WILLIAMS, James   RB   N   Washington State   Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-10   WPG   MCKAY, Mekale   WR   A   Cincinnati   Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-10   WPG   MCDOUGLE, Dexter   DB   N   Maryland   Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-10   WPG   LEWIS, Malcolm   WR   N   Miami   Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-10   WPG   GRIFFITHS, Connor   DL   N   UBC   Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-10   WPG   EVANS, Marwin   DB   A   Utah State   Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-10   WPG   DORA, Vontarrius   DL   A   Louisiana Tech   Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-10   WPG   CALDWELL, Joshua   RB   N   Northwest Missouri State   Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-05   WPG   MEREDITH, Cameron   WR   A   Illinois State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-07-02   WPG   RIVERS, David   DB   A   Youngstown State   Add To   Active Roster
2021-07-02   WPG   BAILEY, Hakeem   DB   A   West Virginia   Add To   Active Roster
2021-07-02   WPG   KEARSE-THOMAS, Khaylan   LB   A   Arizona State   Add To   Active Roster


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 09, 2021, 07:10:20 PM
I think that makes a very positive statement about Bomber management. The veterans decided not to opt out. A few of those players not returning were signed late 2019 or early 2020.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: pjrocksmb on July 09, 2021, 07:18:56 PM
OL Terry Poole, if this big boy has quick feet and can adapt to the CDN game could be good!


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 09, 2021, 09:15:03 PM
OL Terry Poole, if this big boy has quick feet and can adapt to the CDN game could be good!

We need both an injury plan and a succession plan. Bryant and Hardrick could continue to play beyond this season in Winnipeg. OTOH both are potential free agents, higher SMS players and not immune to considering retirement. After the Bombers win their consecutive Grey Cup this season we might lose one or both. :)

Barring injury in TC to starters, I'd think we see at least 1 rookie OL on the PR. We have the option to increase the PR roster by 5 due to new protocols so we might see 2 on the PR.

I count 6 rookie import OL fighting to make an impression. Let's see who stands out in the early days of TC.

I haven't heard exactly when official roster reductions will start in TC. Have to think 100 players for an extended duration is not workable. My expectation would be some quick departures as the dust settles. Then the real competition will begin.

Just a guess but probably 6 or so players gone in the 1st week. Either failing medical, quick limiting injury and conditioning issues. There are always a few of those.

As I've said a few times, I think a few DB's will depart among the 1st casualties.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 11, 2021, 05:08:38 PM
5 Quick Hits on Day 2 of Blue Bombers training camp:

2. CAMP NUMBERS: There are now 99 players in camp, after Sunday's release of DL Anree Saint-Amour.
The numbers, by position:
QB: 4
RB: 4
FB: 1
Rec: 21
OL: 14
DL: 14
LB: 12
DB: 27
K: 1
LS: 1

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/10/quick-hits-tc-july-10-2021/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/10/quick-hits-tc-july-10-2021/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: pjrocksmb on July 11, 2021, 10:39:58 PM
We need both an injury plan and a succession plan. Bryant and Hardrick could continue to play beyond this season in Winnipeg. OTOH both are potential free agents, higher SMS players and not immune to considering retirement. After the Bombers win their consecutive Grey Cup this season we might lose one or both. :)

Barring injury in TC to starters, I'd think we see at least 1 rookie OL on the PR. We have the option to increase the PR roster by 5 due to new protocols so we might see 2 on the PR.

I count 6 rookie import OL fighting to make an impression. Let's see who stands out in the early days of TC.

I haven't heard exactly when official roster reductions will start in TC. Have to think 100 players for an extended duration is not workable. My expectation would be some quick departures as the dust settles. Then the real competition will begin.

Just a guess but probably 6 or so players gone in the 1st week. Either failing medical, quick limiting injury and conditioning issues. There are always a few of those.

As I've said a few times, I think a few DB's will depart among the 1st casualties.

Can't argue with anything presented here.  Always need fresh hogs in development! Key to any club.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: ichabod_crane on July 12, 2021, 08:19:01 PM
BLUE BOMBERS TRANSACTIONS

WINNIPEG, MB., July 9, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:


Defensive end Royce LaFrance, who dressed for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2017, was released, while defensive end Patrick Choujda, who played for the Calgary Stampeders in 2019, was moved to the retired list.



No more "Clam" Choujda?! Guess he moved back to the Maritimes or New England! :D


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 13, 2021, 10:09:50 PM
QUICK HITS - TC JULY 13, 2021

4. WELCOME ABOARD: The Bombers added a new import RB on Tuesday in Devonte Williams. He was an All-Southland Conference punt returner in 2018 at Southeastern Louisiana and, prior to that, played two seasons at Indiana where he ranked sixth on the Hoosiers all-time kickoff return yards list.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/13/quick-hits-tc-july-13-2021/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/13/quick-hits-tc-july-13-2021/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: DM83 on July 13, 2021, 11:22:58 PM
So I wonder if he could could carry the rock, or. Just is a returner.?

Who has some film on him? Could be a great opportunity.  Would he be the only American RB on the roster?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 14, 2021, 11:56:39 AM
I believe he is the only American.  Small guy, and apparently he can catch good so he might be in a fight more with Nelson/Grant as oppossed to fighting for a strictly RB spot.

I miss little Charlie!  Hopefully this guy can remind a few of him.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: GCn19 on July 14, 2021, 01:47:52 PM
So I wonder if he could could carry the rock, or. Just is a returner.?

Who has some film on him? Could be a great opportunity.  Would he be the only American RB on the roster?

A replacement for the departed Lucky Whitehead.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 14, 2021, 02:11:45 PM
A replacement for the departed Lucky Whitehead.

I guess they need another healthy body to take some reps in TC. With Harris being rested and Augustine nicked at the moment.

The reality is that Williams might even have a difficult time making the PR later on. Unless some or our Canadian RB's actually end up on the IR, we'll be backing up Harris with a Canadian.

Williams isn't likely going to beat our any of the receivers. So I don't see a real need to keep him on the PR.

Too bad in a certain sense since he sounds like a decent RB for a team employing an import starter.

Would like to hear more about Augustine's injury and how Oliveria and Borsa are doing with the extra reps.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 14, 2021, 03:21:30 PM
Are there any official cut down dates?  Usually there was one after the 1st pre season game. I can't see going until a few days before the 1st regular season game with 100 players.

I expected to lose 5 or 6 players this week as TC moves towards actual practice today rather than " cautionary warm ups ", for the first few days.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 17, 2021, 12:36:27 PM
BLUE BOMBERS TRANSACTIONS

WINNIPEG, MB., July 17, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Added to roster:
American offensive lineman Drew Richmond (6-5, 315, USC, January 2, 1996 in Memphis, TN)

Released from roster:

American offensive lineman Nolan Ulizio

Transferred to retired list:

National defensive lineman Zach Houghron


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 17, 2021, 03:43:09 PM
BLUE BOMBERS TRANSACTIONS

WINNIPEG, MB., July 17, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Added to roster:
American offensive lineman Drew Richmond (6-5, 315, USC, January 2, 1996 in Memphis, TN)

Released from roster:

American offensive lineman Nolan Ulizio

Transferred to retired list:

National defensive lineman Zach Houghron

CFL.CA says Houghron was transferred to suspended list?  Either way it suggests whatever chances he may have had are disappearing quickly. Retiring during TC and before cut down? Odd.

If suspended that might suggest a covid protocol issue?



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 17, 2021, 05:43:52 PM
You'd have to think something wasn't good as we're in need of a couple National DT's after Griffith being done.  Job's there for the taking. 
Looks good right now for this Dheilly kid.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 17, 2021, 07:50:49 PM
You'd have to think something wasn't good as we're in need of a couple National DT's after Griffith being done.  Job's there for the taking. 
Looks good right now for this Dheilly kid.

Losing Griffiths earlier didn't help. Kongbo is the same size as Houghron so we'll still have 2 Canadian options on the DL. Several of our imports have scene duty at DT at times.

We may pick up another depth player after some cuts are made across the league. Realistically it's more for the PR than the AR expectation.


Dheilly stands a good chance to stick but there might not even be room on the AR for him. Roster reduction to 44 from 46 didn't help.





Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 18, 2021, 12:07:56 PM
I think the original plan was to have Kongbo rotate in at DE with the J's, while we start 1 National at DT and have 1 National back him up.

Since Griffiths leaving I know they mentioned that Kongbo has the versatility to play both positions, but I think they'll still want his speed on the outside. So in an ideal world we still need another Canadian DT. Do we keep the kid we drafted, or pickup a castoff?  I guess that depend on how Dheilly looks, but you'd have to think his prospects just got better.

We also have Hansen & Antigha that will likely slot in at DT occasionally.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 18, 2021, 12:30:28 PM
I think the original plan was to have Kongbo rotate in at DE with the J's, while we start 1 National at DT and have 1 National back him up.

Since Griffiths leaving I know they mentioned that Kongbo has the versatility to play both positions, but I think they'll still want his speed on the outside. So in an ideal world we still need another Canadian DT. Do we keep the kid we drafted, or pickup a castoff?  I guess that depend on how Dheilly looks, but you'd have to think his prospects just got better.

We also have Hansen & Antigha that will likely slot in at DT occasionally.

I believe they will keep Dheilly but most likely on the PR. He seems to be another DE type which is fine.

As you mentioned Hansen and Antigua can slot in at DT at times. We may see more 34 defenses or 3 DE's in a 43 that we used in 2019. I do expect a DI that is a DI as well.

If another Canadian DT comes free during cut downs we may add him to the PR.

We'll see how the roster breaks down for Canadians by position.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Throw Long Bannatyne on July 18, 2021, 01:04:14 PM
I think the original plan was to have Kongbo rotate in at DE with the J's, while we start 1 National at DT and have 1 National back him up.

Since Griffiths leaving I know they mentioned that Kongbo has the versatility to play both positions, but I think they'll still want his speed on the outside. So in an ideal world we still need another Canadian DT. Do we keep the kid we drafted, or pickup a castoff?  I guess that depend on how Dheilly looks, but you'd have to think his prospects just got better.

We also have Hansen & Antigha that will likely slot in at DT occasionally.

I haven't talked CFL ratio or football in so long I've completely forgotten the rules, but are the Bombers still setup for 6 Natls. on O and 1 on D as before?  Does a Global slot in as a Natl. as in, Hansen for Jake?  Also did the CFL go forward with the 5 years experience to become a Natl. rule for CFL vets and if so who are the Bombers "fake Natls"?  Right off the cuff, I believe Bryant, Hardrick and Adams would probably qualify, if so it would make the balance of the ratio and the discussion of it's nuances almost irrelevant.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 18, 2021, 01:16:28 PM
I haven't talked CFL ratio or football in so long I've completely forgotten the rules, but are the Bombers still setup for 6 Natls. on O and 1 on D as before?  Does a Global slot in as a Natl. as in, Hansen for Jake?  Also did the CFL go forward with the 5 years experience to become a Natl. rule for CFL vets and if so who are the Bombers "fake Natls"?  Right off the cuff, I believe Bryant, Hardrick and Adams would probably qualify, if so it would make the balance of the ratio and the discussion of it's nuances almost irrelevant.

Yes, 6 Canadians on offense and 1 on defense still seems to be the plan.
No, a global can't slot in for a Canadian from a point of view.

IDK about the fake national rule. That never made any sense. I think it's a rule that doesn't change anything. IE: I think you have to start 3 fake nationals that are actually imports. Still have to start 7 actual Canadians.

Not sure what that actually changes aside from calling imports, nationals.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 18, 2021, 03:52:56 PM
We could start 2 Nats on D, 1 DT and have the Hallett's play in the secondary.
It'll be interesting to see how it unfolds.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 18, 2021, 04:06:40 PM
We could start 2 Nats on D, 1 DT and have the Hallett's play in the secondary.
It'll be interesting to see how it unfolds.

I believe Noah Hallett, Nick Hallett and Redha Kramdi all make the game day roster barring injury.

If any one of those Canadians is capable of starting at safety that would be great. It would allow Alexander to move forward again to DHB. IMO that's a harder spot to play than safety.

That said I don't think the team is looking at that possibility. I've said a along that I expect a DI that's a DB regardless of a Canadian or Import at safety.

Nobody is going to convince me that any of the Canadian DB's is going to start at CB or DHB.

Two rookies and one 2nd year player. Their role will be primarily as ST players and I think they well excel there.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: kkc60 on July 18, 2021, 04:15:20 PM
I believe they will keep Dheilly but most likely on the PR. He seems to be another DE type which is fine.

As you mentioned Hansen and Antigua can slot in at DT at times. We may see more 34 defenses or 3 DE's in a 43 that we used in 2019. I do expect a DI that is a DI as well.

If another Canadian DT comes free during cut downs we may add him to the PR.

We'll see how the roster breaks down for Canadians by position.

Antiga is 240 lbs, which is pretty small for a DT. Hansen is a LB/Enf type, putting either at DT might add juice on obvious passing downs but vs the run is very risky


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 18, 2021, 04:22:02 PM
Just an opinion of how I think the roster breaks down for 21 Canadians. Not by specific individual but by position. So much needs to play out including any potential injury issues.

DB: 3
DL: 2
LB: 3
OL: 4
RB/FB: 4 Note sometimes a LB is a LB / FB classification.
SB: 3
K/LS: 2

Going with a Canadian K/P gives us a DI spot we didn't have in 2019. OTOH it takes away a spot for a different Canadian.  Changing the AR from 46 to 44 is unfortunate. IMO it forces us to stash 2 Canadians on the IR. In that sense may as well stuck with the 46 AR.


I have my expectations on the who takes which role but I could be out to lunch on several.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 18, 2021, 04:26:48 PM
Antiga is 240 lbs, which is pretty small for a DT. Hansen is a LB/Enf type, putting either at DT might add juice on obvious passing downs but vs the run is very risky

I know but we often used a 3 DE front 4 effectively. Speed over brawn. Dheilly is the lightest DL we have. As such I think he's destined for the PR or 1 game IR.

I don't recall any or many times the Bombers had 3 Canadian DL on the AR at the same time unless due to injury elsewhere.

Specific injuries at cut down may dictate a different combination I expect. Or we may see a late trade or pick up from another team.




Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on July 18, 2021, 04:42:17 PM
Just an opinion of how I think the roster breaks down for 21 Canadians. Not by specific individual but by position. So much needs to play out including any potential injury issues.

DB: 3
DL: 2
LB: 3
OL: 4
RB/FB: 4 Note sometimes a LB is a LB / FB classification.
SB: 3
K/LS: 2

Going with a Canadian K/P gives us a DI spot we didn't have in 2019. OTOH it takes away a spot for a different Canadian.  Changing the AR from 46 to 44 is unfortunate. IMO it forces us to stash 2 Canadians on the IR. In that sense may as well stuck with the 46 AR.


I have my expectations on the who takes which role but I could be out to lunch on several.



I think we will have at least 3 Canadian DL.  If they keep Alexander at safety, they only need 2 CDN DBs.  They could, alternatively, only go with 2 CDN LBs.  I think we will have 2 DIs on defence, and Antigua will be one.  He can play DE, LB and specials. 

On offence, we may decide to dress 7 OL to keep both Gray and Eli active.  If we do, then I could see someone like Nelson as DI, and we would only need one CDN WR to back up Wolitarsky.  (I think Borsa has an excellent chance to be the 4th RB who also backs up Demski).


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 18, 2021, 06:27:27 PM
I think we will have at least 3 Canadian DL.  If they keep Alexander at safety, they only need 2 CDN DBs.  They could, alternatively, only go with 2 CDN LBs.  I think we will have 2 DIs on defence, and Antigua will be one.  He can play DE, LB and specials. 

On offence, we may decide to dress 7 OL to keep both Gray and Eli active.  If we do, then I could see someone like Nelson as DI, and we would only need one CDN WR to back up Wolitarsky.  (I think Borsa has an excellent chance to be the 4th RB who also backs up Demski).

I agree.  I think 3 backs (Harris/Oliveira/Miller), 2 WR (Demski/Woli), 5 OL (3 starters), 3 DL (Kongbo/Jake +1), 3 LB, Briggs/Gauthier +1, 3 DB's (Hallet/Hallet/Kramdi), and Leggs...that's 20.  Add wherever needed.
Do we know who the LS is?  I'd guess its one of the Canadians or a global guy


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 18, 2021, 07:34:27 PM
I think we will have at least 3 Canadian DL.  If they keep Alexander at safety, they only need 2 CDN DBs.  They could, alternatively, only go with 2 CDN LBs.  I think we will have 2 DIs on defence, and Antigua will be one.  He can play DE, LB and specials. 

On offence, we may decide to dress 7 OL to keep both Gray and Eli active.  If we do, then I could see someone like Nelson as DI, and we would only need one CDN WR to back up Wolitarsky.  (I think Borsa has an excellent chance to be the 4th RB who also backs up Demski).

You may be right but I disagree. I'm taking into account that most DL & OL don't play ST's per se. That's where the Canadian DB's and LB's play and be productive. We only have 3 Canadian DL at the moment. Hard to field at least 3 when all we have is 3.

The need for 3 Canadian DB's is for ST's. The paw suggested only 2 DB's. We also drafted 2 fairly high in the last 2 drafts.

Most teams don't dress 7 OL. IMO we stash 1 on the 1 game IR. One is always going to slightly nicked.

A DI receiver can't be the back up for a Canadian receiver because of the ratio. Hence the need for a 3rd player. Could be any of the NI RB's including Borsa

Also take into account how we've built the Canadian roster by position. Also how we drafted by position.

 I've mentioned we " lost " a Canadian back up in a sense due to now having a Canadian kicker. Last year that might have been a DB or LB for example.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 18, 2021, 07:41:40 PM
I agree.  I think 3 backs (Harris/Oliveira/Miller), 2 WR (Demski/Woli), 5 OL (3 starters), 3 DL (Kongbo/Jake +1), 3 LB, Briggs/Gauthier +1, 3 DB's (Hallet/Hallet/Kramdi), and Leggs...that's 20.  Add wherever needed.
Do we know who the LS is?  I'd guess its one of the Canadians or a global guy

Benson is the LS. Only allowed one global and that's Hansen.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 19, 2021, 08:43:15 PM
MASTON SUFFERS SEASON-ENDING TORN ACHILLES
JULY 19, 2021 - Ed Tait

Mercy Maston's
season has come to a sudden and full stop just days into Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp. The veteran defensive back suffered a torn right Achilles at practice on Sunday afternoon and underwent season-ending surgery on Monday.

Maston was in pass coverage late in Sunday's session and became entangled with a receiver running on a route down the sidelines. He immediately signalled for Bombers Head Athletic Therapist Al Couture, and after a few minutes made his way to a medical station and did not return to practice.

The 28-year-old veteran of 22 Canadian Football League regular season games with Edmonton and Winnipeg joined the Bombers in August of 2019 and dressed for two games before being injured. He returned to the lineup late in the year, cementing himself into the dimeback spot for the regular season finale as part of a remade secondary that was then critical in the Bombers defensive dominance in the three playoff games, including the 2019 Grey Cup victory. In those three playoff games, he registered 13 tackles, one sack and one interception.

Maston had an excellent first week of training camp and seemed a lock to start again at arguably the most difficult position to play in the secondary. The Bombers were already entering 2021 with two changes in their defensive backfield as CFL All-Star Winston Rose is now with the Cincinnati Bengals and Marcus Sayles, a West Division All-Star in 2019, signed with the B.C. Lions as a free agent.

The club did bring 27 defensive backs to camp but, needing experience to offset Maston's loss, swung a trade with the Toronto Argonauts to acquire veteran Alden Darby. In exchange, Winnipeg shipped import offensive tackle Terry Poole to the Argos. Darby comes to the Bombers with a solid resume, having played in 43 games over three seasons in Toronto - 40 of them starts. The 29-year-old vet started 35 games over 2018-19, with 119 tackles, one sack, seven interceptions and two touchdowns.

A two-time All-Pac 12 player at Arizona State, Darby was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and has also had stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts before he joined the Argos.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/19/maston-suffers-season-ending-torn-achilles/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/19/maston-suffers-season-ending-torn-achilles/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 19, 2021, 08:46:06 PM
BLUE BOMBERS CUT-DOWN ROSTER

WINNIPEG, MB., July 19, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Released from roster:
American quarterback Dalton Sneed
American defensive back Clifton Duck
American receiver Alonzo Russell
American receiver C.J. Worton
American defensive lineman Justin Alexandre
American defensive lineman David Kenney
American linebacker Khaylan Kearse-Thomas
American linebacker Otha Peters
American defensive back Raekwon Williams
American offensive lineman Kevin Lawrence

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/19/blue-bombers-cut-roster/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/19/blue-bombers-cut-roster/)

Transactions:
2021-07-20   WPG   MASTON, Mercy   LB   A   Boise State   Transfer To   Injured
2021-07-20   WPG   WORTON, CJ   WR   A   Florida International   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-20   WPG   WILLIAMS, Raekwon   DB   N   Florida Atlantic   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-20   WPG   SNEED, Dalton   QB   A   Montana   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-20   WPG   RUSSELL, Alonzo   WR   A   Toledo   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-20   WPG   PETERS, Otha   LB   A   Louisiana At Lafayette   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-20   WPG   LAWRENCE, Kevin   OL   N   Rhode Island   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-20   WPG   KENNEY, David   DL   N   Indiana   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-20   WPG   KEARSE-THOMAS, Khaylan   LB   A   Arizona State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-20   WPG   DUCK, Clifton   DB   N   Appalachian State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-20   WPG   ALEXANDRE, Justin   DL   N      Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-19   WPG   DARBY, Alden   DB   A   Arizona State   Transfer To   Active Roster
2021-07-17   WPG   HOUGHRON, Zach   DT   A   Wilfrid Laurier   Transfer To   Suspended
2021-07-17   WPG   ULIZIO, Nolan   OL   A   Pittsburgh   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2021-07-17   WPG   RICHMOND, Drew   OL   A   USC   Add To   Active Roster
2021-07-13   WPG   WILLIAMS, Devonte   RB   A   Southeastern Louisiana   Add To   Active Roster
2021-07-12   WPG   SAINT-AMOUR, Anree   DL   A   Georgia Tech   Delete From Active   Free Agent


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 20, 2021, 06:14:14 PM
I probably say this every TC so take it with a grain of salt. More of a rhetorical statement.

Bombers have a solid roster with not many openings even for the back ups.  Each team has so many draft choices to sort out but Bombers don't have the roster holes many other teams have.

We won't be able to keep everyone even with PR spots. Do we have an opportunity to trade for 2022 draft choices, neg list players or a different back up roster spot? Realistically I see this more as a trade for futures than 2021.

Obviously we don't know who else might need to be placed on IR in 2 weeks. But there could be some interesting leverage in getting something for an asset we can't keep.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 20, 2021, 11:22:46 PM
BLUE BOMBERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH KICKER TYLER CRAPIGNA

WINNIPEG, MB., July 20, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the club has signed veteran Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna.

Crapigna
(5-7, 166, McMaster; DOB: August 4, 1992 in Nepean, Ont.) joins the Blue Bombers with extensive Canadian Football League experience with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts.

Crapigna has a CFL career field-goal percentage of 85.2, having connected on 98 of 115 tries in games covering a span from 2015-19.

He was recently released by the Montreal Alouettes, who had acquired him in a February 2020 trade with Toronto for Boris Bede.

He was originally selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the fifth round, 40th overall, in the 2014 CFL Draft. He attended training camp with the club that year before returning to McMaster and spent much of 2015 on Calgary's practice roster before being dealt to Saskatchewan for running back Jerome Messam at the trade deadline.

Crapigna made all four of his field-goal attempts with the Riders in 2015 and then was good on 85.7 percent of his tries over the next two seasons. He missed all of 2018 with an injury and then joined the Argos in 2019, where he was good on 22 of 27 field-goal attempts.

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/20/blue-bombers-agree-terms-kicker-tyler-crapigna/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/20/blue-bombers-agree-terms-kicker-tyler-crapigna/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 20, 2021, 11:26:53 PM
QUICK HITS - TC JULY 20, 2021

4. HEAD COUNT: ICYMI, the Bombers were busy on Monday, trading for veteran DB Alden Darby from the Toronto Argonauts after the news that Mercy Maston would be lost for the season with an Achilles injury and also releasing 10 players.

That leaves 92 players in camp, including Darby, Maston and now Crapigna
By position:
QB: 3
RB/FB: 6
Receivers: 19
Offensive line: 13
Defensive line: 11
Linebackers: 10
Defensive backs: 27
Kickers/specialists: 3

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/20/quick-hits-tc-july-20-2021/ (https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/20/quick-hits-tc-july-20-2021/)


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 21, 2021, 02:40:07 PM
BLUE BOMBERS TRANSACTIONS

WINNIPEG, MB., July 21, 2021 ? The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Released from roster:
American receiver Quadree Henderson


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 21, 2021, 02:58:54 PM
BLUE BOMBERS TRANSACTIONS

WINNIPEG, MB., July 21, 2021 ? The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:

Released from roster:
American receiver Quadree Henderson

He was one of the 5'8" guys that I would have thought to be more in look see as a returner. Not really expecting anyone to win that role away from Grant but you have to look at new faces.

Final cuts on July 30th so we may see a few more dropped before then.  That will sort out those left fighting for PR spots.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 21, 2021, 04:55:22 PM
He was one of the 5'8" guys that I would have thought to be more in look see as a returner. Not really expecting anyone to win that role away from Grant but you have to look at new faces.

Final cuts on July 30th so we may see a few more dropped before then.  That will sort out those left fighting for PR spots.

Even Grant's role is in question as Nelson could easily replace him. Not sure if we'd keep them both on AR, and might be hard to convince either to accept a PR spot.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on July 21, 2021, 05:09:14 PM
Even Grant's role is in question as Nelson could easily replace him. Not sure if we'd keep them both on AR, and might be hard to convince either to accept a PR spot.

I'm not sure how you reach that conclusion.  Nelson has accomplished exactly nothing in 2 years with the organization.  He is one of those guys with perpetual potential that break your heart. 

Grant's punt return and kick return averages for 2019 were both above Nelson's averages in a limited sample.  It's Grant's job now, and Nelson is going to have to do something significant to take it from him. Barring injury to Grant, I don't see how that happens.  Some think Nelson will make a bid to be the 5th starting receiver, but he has 4 receptions in 2 years and is 5'8" tall.  I would be shocked if he makes it as an everydown receiver. 


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: NewBlue on July 21, 2021, 05:19:21 PM
I'm not sure how you reach that conclusion.  Nelson has accomplished exactly nothing in 2 years with the organization.  He is one of those guys with perpetual potential that break your heart. 

Grant's punt return and kick return averages for 2019 were both above Nelson's averages in a limited sample.  It's Grant's job now, and Nelson is going to have to do something significant to take it from him. Barring injury to Grant, I don't see how that happens.  Some think Nelson will make a bid to be the 5th starting receiver, but he has 4 receptions in 2 years and is 5'8" tall.  I would be shocked if he makes it as an everydown receiver. 

Grant did great in the returner role, but I think any of our 3 including Whitehead all showed promise. I just don't think Grant has the role set in stone.  As for the 5th receiver, alot of those plays will be fancy plays in the backfield like what Demski does & I think whoever the returner is can line up in that role.
Pretty sure we often had 2 out of the 3 mentioned dressed, but did we ever have all 3?


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: the paw on July 21, 2021, 07:10:39 PM
Grant did great in the returner role, but I think any of our 3 including Whitehead all showed promise. I just don't think Grant has the role set in stone.  As for the 5th receiver, alot of those plays will be fancy plays in the backfield like what Demski does & I think whoever the returner is can line up in that role.
Pretty sure we often had 2 out of the 3 mentioned dressed, but did we ever have all 3?

Well, I agree that Grant, Whitehead and Nelson all showed good promise as returners.  Lucky seemed to be the most viable candidate to be a full time receiver, but after half a year of opportunities, he never really showed anything other than the sweep and the short screen pass on a consistent basis.  In fact, if Lucky had shown a little less promise as a receiver, he might have been relegated to strictly a returner, and Grant may not have gotten his shot.  But it happened the way it happened, and i think the onus will be on someone to unseat Grant, the team has to be very pleased with him as a returner.

In terms of the 5th receiver, Nelson might have a shot, I certainly haven't seen him in camp to say differently.  I think they want someone taller than 5'8", but we have seen enough of Weston Dressler to know that height isn't the final word.  I think Nelson has to beat out Rasheed Bailey as the incumbent, but he also has to contend with some more conventionally sized WR types like Meredith and Adarius Stewart.  I don't like his chances, but it bears watching.  I don't think Rasheed Bailey has the same type of job security as Janarion Grant.  All of this is strictly opinion of course, and I am wrong about players at least as often as I am right....



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 21, 2021, 09:04:39 PM
Well, I agree that Grant, Whitehead and Nelson all showed good promise as returners.  Lucky seemed to be the most viable candidate to be a full time receiver, but after half a year of opportunities, he never really showed anything other than the sweep and the short screen pass on a consistent basis.  In fact, if Lucky had shown a little less promise as a receiver, he might have been relegated to strictly a returner, and Grant may not have gotten his shot.  But it happened the way it happened, and i think the onus will be on someone to unseat Grant, the team has to be very pleased with him as a returner.

In terms of the 5th receiver, Nelson might have a shot, I certainly haven't seen him in camp to say differently.  I think they want someone taller than 5'8", but we have seen enough of Weston Dressler to know that height isn't the final word.  I think Nelson has to beat out Rasheed Bailey as the incumbent, but he also has to contend with some more conventionally sized WR types like Meredith and Adarius Stewart.  I don't like his chances, but it bears watching.  I don't think Rasheed Bailey has the same type of job security as Janarion Grant.  All of this is strictly opinion of course, and I am wrong about players at least as often as I am right....



I think Bailey is at risk of being displaced. He's a good receiver but we have several receivers trying to win a role with the team. Adams and Lawler are locks on the roster.

I don't think Nelson wins a role as a starting receiver and I'm not convinced we have room for 2 returner / receivers as DI's.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: gobombersgo on July 22, 2021, 12:54:49 PM
Darrin Bauming   @DarrinBauming
The #Bombers have released American DB Christian Angulo.

Winnipeg was impressed with his on-field ability, but he appeared to injure his knee on Tuesday which might have factored into the roster decision.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: kkc60 on July 22, 2021, 02:22:58 PM
Darrin Bauming   @DarrinBauming
The #Bombers have released American DB Christian Angulo.

Winnipeg was impressed with his on-field ability, but he appeared to injure his knee on Tuesday which might have factored into the roster decision.
If he looked good, I hope there's a side deal for him to come back.


Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Blue In BC on July 22, 2021, 02:55:53 PM
If he looked good, I hope there's a side deal for him to come back.

That happens sometimes but I wouldn't expect it this season. Shorter season and an above average number of DB's still in camp. Expanded PR.

Looking good is a matter of degree. I wouldn't think any player brought in would look bad per se. It's a question of whether a given player is looking better than others and his versatility.

Technically we didn't need to release him today and could have done that on July 30th. At that point he could have been put on the PR if injury was minor.

We'll see if we add any new bodies to TC for a look. So many DB's left to evaluate I wouldn't expect it.



Title: Re: Blue Bombers roster - 2020-2021
Post by: Tiger on July 23, 2021, 03:26:50 AM
The following is the list of players that asked to be released when the CFL season was cancelled. Most of them were rookies so we will see some of them added back onto the roster at some point.

2020-09-03   WPG   DEAN, Jhavonte   DB   A   Miami   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   CALDWELL, Joshua   RB   N   Northwest Missouri State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   GRANT, Doran   DB   A   Ohio State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   CROCKETT, Montay   WR   A   Georgia Southern   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, Raekwon   DB   N   Florida Atlantic   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   WILLIAMS, James   RB   N   Washington State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-03   WPG   ULIZIO, Nolan   OL   A   Pittsburgh   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-09-01   WPG   ROCQUEMORE, Jontrell   LB   N   Utah State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-31   WPG   MASTON, Mercy   LB   A   Boise State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-31   WPG   GRANT, Janarion   WR   A   Rutgers   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-28   WPG   RINGO, Christian   DL   A   Louisiana At Lafayette   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   DURAL, Travin   WR   N   Louisiana State   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   JOHNSON, Isaiah   DB   N   South Carolina   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   HANSEN, Thiadric   LB   A      Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-27   WPG   LAWLER, Kenny   WR   A   California   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   TEXADA, Ranthony   DB   A   Texas Christian   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   LEWIS, Malcolm   WR   N   Miami   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   KENNEY, David   DL   N   Indiana   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   DORLEANT, Makinton   DB   A   Northern Iowa   Delete From Active   Free Agent
2020-08-26   WPG   ALEXANDER, Deontez   WR   N      Delete From Active   Free Agent

WR Kenny Lawler, WR/KR Janarion Grant, DL Thiadric Hansen and DB Mercy Maston are able to sign with other CFL teams starting Feb 9th.

Interesting. Thanks