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« Reply #270 on: June 17, 2021, 02:39:53 PM »

Sounds like a Dressler!  We haven't had a good water-bug since Dress left  Grin Cheesy Wink


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.
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« Reply #271 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? 
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« Reply #272 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.
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« Reply #273 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.
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« Reply #274 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? 

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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.
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« Reply #275 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
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« Reply #276 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?
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« Reply #277 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.
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« Reply #278 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.
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« Reply #279 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)
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« Reply #280 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/
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« Reply #281 on: June 30, 2021, 10:05:46 PM »

Compelling to say the least!
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« Reply #282 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/
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« Reply #283 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...
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« Reply #284 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.
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