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For those like me who are interested. Season kicks off next week. Main CFL site. https://www.cfl.ca

2019 CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE KEY DATES
Free Agency opens February 12, followed by Regional Combines beginning in March and National Combine in Toronto

Thursday, January 31, 2019 — FEBRUARY 12 – FREE AGENCY OPENS
Teams will be able to sign free agents beginning at noon ET.MARCH 11 – WESTERN REGIONAL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA IN EDMONTON, AB
The Western Regional Combine will take place at Commonwealth Stadium Field House in Edmonton. The schedule and roster for combine testing will be announced closer to the date.
MARCH 13 – EASTERN REGIONAL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA IN MONTREAL, QC
The Eastern Regional Combine will take place at Scitec Sports Dome in Baie-D’Urfé near Montreal. The schedule and roster for combine testing will be announced closer to the date.
MARCH 20 - 22 – RULES COMMITTEE & FOOTBALL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETINGS
These meetings will be held in Toronto, Ontario.
MARCH 21 – ONTARIO REGIONAL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA IN TORONTO, ON
The Ontario Regional Combine will take place at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and the Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto in Toronto. The schedule for combine testing will be announced closer to the date.
MARCH 22 - 24 – NATIONAL CFL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA IN TORONTO, ON
In preparation for the 2019 CFL Draft the league's general managers, coaches and scouts will be in Toronto, Ontario to evaluate more than fifty of the country's top football prospects.
The 2019 National CFL Combine presented by New Era will be held at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and the Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto. The schedule and roster for combine testing will be announced closer to the date.
APRIL 30 – CFL ROSTERS REDUCED TO 75
MAY 2 – CFL DRAFT

First Round Draft Order:
1. Toronto Argonauts
Montreal Alouettes*
2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
3. Edmonton Eskimos
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers via BC
5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
6. Saskatchewan Roughriders
7. Ottawa REDBLACKS
8. Calgary Stampeders

* Forfeited in the 2018 Supplemental Draft for Tyler Johnstone.
For the entire 2019 CFL Draft order, click here.
MAY 11 – U SPORTS EAST-WEST BOWL
U SPORTS East-West Bowl will take place in Ottawa, ON at Carleton University.
MAY 15 – ROOKIE CAMPS OPEN
MAY 19 – TRAINING CAMPS OPEN
MAY 26 – PRESEASON BEGINS
JUNE 8 – TEAMS MUST CUT DOWN FROM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY 10:00 P.M. ET
JUNE 13 – CFL REGULAR SEASON KICKOFF

2019 CFL Season opener has Saskatchewan Roughriders taking on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field at 7:30 p.m. ET
SEPTEMBER 1 – 30 DAY PRACTICE ROSTER EXPANSION MAY COMMENCE
OCTOBER 9 – TRADE DEADLINE 3:59 P.M. ET
NOVEMBER 10 – EASTERN AND WESTERN SEMI-FINAL
NOVEMBER 17 – EASTERN AND WESTERN FINAL
NOVEMBER 24 – 107TH GREY CUP PRESENTED BY SHAW IN CALGARY, AB
 

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What's Manziel gonna do now? No CFL for him. No AAF left. XFL?
 

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maybe they coulda done something in the CFL last year........not sure though.....mighta had a real tough time with Eskimos and Roughriders et al. It will be interesting to see if that new coach is anything.....sure didn't impress me a whole hell of a lot but McCarthy and Rodgers were at each others throats....maybe they shoulda both shown up at center ice in Edmonton and gone after it till one tapped out.
 

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Why I'm rooting big time on Sunday for the St. Louis Blues. This is a long, great article and it speaks to everything the Spanni never have understood or ever could understand....how Deano and Spawn see the world and how others do. FUDEAN. And your kids.

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/26922942/how-blues-stanley-cup-run-revitalized-st-louis
Great article. Agree....GO BLUES!!! In many ways it mirrors what happened to SD.....on his way out the door spanos and his 'fixer' Fabiani for about 10 years portrayed SD as a city unable to support football and by extension sports in general. All about the greed with guys like Kroenke and spanos,,,,,but spanos makes what Kroenke did look like child's play because spanos is just renting in LA, he took the path of least resistance and can't afford squat on his own and was incapable of dealing fairly and bilaterally in negotiations for a new stadium....it's all Kroenke's show in LA but spanos is attempting to diminish SD when the truth of it is he himself is the problem and shunned any deal in MV at the end just to be able to get out of town and used a sham vote by the city (no county included) that had no chance from the beginning and made almost zero effort to get it to pass, in a lame attempt to portray SD as not wanting his team. Oh we wanted a team very badly, just as STL does, but the owner was the problem all along...he did everything he could to turn the city against he and his family and for years. Liars. Hope STL gets their trophy in hockey and does well in MLB too.....eff the NFL for what they did to 3 fine football cities and FUDEAN in particular. Hope the Pads improve with their farm system to the point of being competitive for a WS title to help erase the pain of the exit of the team that belonged in SD all along and left simply because of a greedy owner who had no ability to negotiate a deal that was bilateral and mutually beneficial. A recluse pathological liar with a personality disorder stole the team from SD. they fully deserve to crash and burn in LA.

I just realized, was your post supposed to be in the FUDEAN thread Harry? LMAO. No matter, anytime, everytime, everywhere is a good time to rip the spanii.;):D
 
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CFL PREVIEW: Predictions on the upcoming season


West

WINNIPEG

2019 prediction:
12-6

2018 record: 10-8

Synopsis: The Bombers have the best one-two quarterbacking punch in the league and upgraded an already formidable defence with the addition of Willie Jefferson.

Key additions: DL Willie Jefferson, WR Chris Matthews, LB D.J. Lalama, WR Lucky Whitehead

Key deletions: LB Jovan Santos-Knox, S Taylor Loffler, OL Sukh Chungh, DB Kevin Fogg, WR Rashaun Simonise

He said it: “We had the perfect play call for the coverage they were in and he ran a great route and there’s only a certain amount of people in the world who can take a play like that 90 yards, weaving through traffic all the way down the field, and have that kind of speed.”

— QB Matt Nichols on WR Lucky Whitehead’s pre-season TD

Calgary

2019 prediction:
11-7

2018 record: 13-5

Synopsis: The defence is a question mark, but Bo Levi Mitchell is the elite QB every team needs to stay on top. If he stays healthy, they always have a chance.

Key additions: DB Courtney Stephen, LB Fraser Sopik

Key deletions: LB Alex Singleton, LB Jameer Thurman, Defensive coordinator DeVone Claybrooks, DL Ja’Gared Davis, DL Micah Johnson, CB Ciante Evans, DL James Vaughters, WR Marken Michel, WR Julan Lynch, WR Chris Matthews, WR Lemar Durant

He said it: “I’m a little bit undersized but I’m somebody who moves really well and on top of that, I’m someone who is versatile. I can do a lot of things on the football field and a lot of things that a lot of people can’t. I’m a pretty special player.”

— Rookie LB Fraser Sopik, to a cfl.ca reporter, prior to the CFL draft

B.C.

2019 prediction:
10-8

2018 record: 9-9

Synopsis: QB Mike Reilly should have enough offensive weapons, and protection to rack up throwing yards, TDs and victories.

Key additions: Head coach DeVone Claybrooks, QB Mike Reilly, OL Sukh Chungh, WR Duron Carter, DB Aaron Grymes, OL Brett Boyko, RB John White, WR Rashaun Simonise, WR Lemar Durant, QB Danny O’Brien

Key deletions: Head coach Wally Buono, QB Travis Lulay, QB Jonathon Jennings, WR Manny Arceneaux, LB Solomon Elimimian, WR DeVier Posey, DB Anthony Orange, K/P Ty Long, LB Micah Awe, RB Jeremiah Johnson, FB Rolly Lumbala

He said it: “I didn’t take the head coaching job to fail. I want to win. I want to be a champion multiple times over. We have set ourselves up with a great nucleus for years to come. You want to be a consistent contender every year and build off of that. And that’s the objective here.”

— New head coach DeVone Claybrooks

Edmonton

2019 prediction:
10-8

2018 record: 9-9

Synopsis: There is a drop-off from Mike Reilly to Trevor Harris at QB, but the revamped Eskimos defence should be enough to offset it.

Key additions: QB Trevor Harris, WR Greg Ellingson, WR DaVaris Daniels, LB Larry Dean, LB Don Unamba, OL SirVincent Rogers, WR Ricky Collins, WR Tevaun Smith

Key deletions: QB Mike Reilly, WR Duke Williams, WR Derel Walker, WR Bryant Mitchell, QB Danny O’Brien, DB Aaron Grymes, LB J.C. Sherritt, DL Jake Ceresna, DB Mercy Maston, LB Adam Konar, DB Nick Taylor

He said it: “I think his resume speaks for itself. He’s won two Grey Cups so far. He set an all-time CFL record for touchdowns in a playoff game. He’s thrown for a ton of yards. He’s thrown for 30-plus touchdowns multiple times. So we’re thrilled.”

— GM Brock Sunderland on new starting QB Trevor Harris

Saskatchewan

2019 prediction:
9-9

2018 record: 12-6

Synopsis: The Riders won a handful of games last year on the strength of a defence that lost some key pieces, including the head coach, a defensive wizard.

Key additions: Head coach Craig Dickenson, DL Micah Johnson, RB William Powell, LB Solomon Elimimian, WR Manny Arceneaux, QB Cody Fajardo, DL A.C. Leonard

Key deletions: Head coach Chris Jones, DL Willie Jefferson, QB Brandon Bridge, DL Tobi Antigha, WR Jordan Williams-Lambert, LB Samuel Eguavoen, DL Chad Geter

He said it: “I want to get hit on the first play of every game because that’s the way you get locked in. Obviously you don’t pray for a kill shot on you. Once you do get hit a couple of times, your body starts to acclimate and that’s when things tend to slow down.”

— QB Zach Collaros, who has a history of concussion problems, prior to a pre-season game

East

Hamilton

2019 prediction:
10-8

2018 record: 8-10

Synopsis: QB Jeremiah Masoli gives them a chance to win every game. That six of those games will be against Toronto and Montreal is a bonus.

Key additions: Head coach Orlondo Steinauer, DL Ja’Gared Davis, DL Justin Tuggle, DB Rico Murray, WR Brian Jones, RB Cameron Marshall, DB Tunde Adeleke, OL Chris Van Zeyl, OL Ryker Mathews

Key deletions: Head coach June Jones, LB Larry Dean, LB Don Unamba, WR Jalen Saunders, WR Terrell Sinkfield, RB Alex Green, RB John White, DB Courtney Stephen, RB Mercer Timmis, WR Shamawd Chambers

He said it: “When he walked into the locker room, I saw him and I just got happy. I don’t have to worry about him trying to hit me after the play, stuff like that. I gave him a big hug, I gave him a box full of Timbits … just (to) take care of the big guy. He’s one of those guys that you hate to play against, but you love him when he’s on your team.”

— Simoni Lawrence to cfl.ca reporter Chris O’Leary on new OL Chris Van Zeyl, a former Argo.

Ottawa

2019 prediction:
8-10

2018 record: 11-7

Synopsis: An offence that was decimated in free agency is in the hands of QB Dominique Davis, who is talented but raw, and will be learning on the job.

Key additions: QB Jonathon Jennings, WR Caleb Holley, WR Ryan Lankford, S Chris Randle

Key deletions: QB Trevor Harris, WR Greg Ellingson, WR Diontae Spencer, RB William Powell, OL SirVincent Rogers, DB Rico Murray, DL A.C. Leonard, QB Danny Collins

He said it: “I’ve been watching those guys; they all do great things. I feel I can join that club. As a quarterback, especially in this league, you have to be patient, you have to wait for your time. The time is here. I’m ready to work, I’m ready to go.”

— Dominique Davis, who has been on depth charts behind elite pivots Trevor Harris, Matt Nichols and Bo Levi Mitchell.

Toronto

2019 prediction:
6-12

2018 record: 4-14

Synopsis: They went hard after Bo Levi Mitchell in free agency for a reason. Largely unproven QBs make the climb out of the basement much more difficult.

Key additions: Head coach Cory Chamblin, WR Derel Walker, DB Kevin Fogg, DL Tobi Antigha, LB Micah Awe, RB Tyrell Sutton, RB Chris Rainey, OL Shane Richards

Key deletions: Head coach Marc Trestman, WR Duron Carter, DL Justin Tuggle, OL Chris Van Zeyl, LB Bear Woods, K Zach Medeiros

He said it: “We don’t talk about them as the (No.) 1. We talk about them as the 1 and 1B and we’re very fortunate right now to have two guys who are starters in this league.”

– Head coach Corey Chamblin on QBs James Franklin and McLeod Bethel-Thompson

Montreal

2019 prediction:
5-13

2018 record: 5-13

Synopsis: The Als’ ownership follies are a distraction, but the larger concern will be quarterbacking. The inexperienced Antonio Pipkin is first up.

Key additions: WR DeVier Posey, S Taylor Loffler, DB Ciante Evans, WR Felix Faubert-Lussier, RB Jeremiah Johnson, LB Bo Lokombo, DB Patrick Levels

Key deletions: Head coach Mike Sherman, QB Johnny Manziel, WR Ernest Jackson, LB D. J. Lalama, DL Gabriel Knapton, QB Jeff Mathews, S Jermaine Robinson

He said it: “The players know who I am, they trust me. They know I’ve been in their shoes, they know I’ve been in this league for 20 years and they’ll always know I have their best interest at heart. Everything I do is about winning football games.”

— Interim head coach Khari Jones

West semifinal: Calgary over B.C.

East semifinal: Edmonton over Ottawa

West final: Winnipeg over Calgary

East final: Hamilton over Edmonton

Grey Cup: Winnipeg over Hamilton
 

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LANDRY’S 5 TAKEAWAYS FROM WEEK 1


Hello, Drew Wolitarsky. Nice touchdown celebration. From here on out, I think I’ll call you Drew Wol-guitarsky.
Here are this week’s takeaways.
YOU WERE WONDERING IF THEY’D LOST A STEP IN THE OFF-SEASON? NO. NO, THEY DID NOT
We ask the question when veteran running backs get up there in football age, approaching and surpassing the 30-year-old mark. After all, a running back takes a ton of physical punishment as a younger man, often leading to a shorter pro shelf life.
After Week 1, any questions you may have had about guys like C.J. Gable, Mossis Madu, Andrew Harris or William Powell have to be put on hold, at least for now, and likely for the rest of the season.
Because veteran running backs really ruled the roost over the weekend.
Powell gained 104 yards on 20 lugs. Gable, carried 20 times for 154. Madu rushed 24 times, for 112. They’re all 31 years old. Harris, a year older, had 16 runs for 148 in Winnipeg’s victory in Vancouver.
Fresh, all of them were, from an off-season of resting, healing, and conditioning. Each of them looked sensational in their openers, showing full well that they can be counted on in 2019, at least when they are feeling tip top.
It will be up to the Riders, Esks, REDBLACKS and Bombers to keep them feeling that way, and you can bet that the sports world’s newest chestnut, “load management,” will be a well-worn phrase throughout this season.
TURNS OUT IT’S ACTUALLY PRETTY EASY BEING GREEN
“Gee, I wonder how Trevor Harris will do in trying to replace Mike Reilly.”
Fair statement, that was, after the 33-year-old veteran signed with Edmonton during the off-season after Reilly loaded the Family Truckster and wheeled west to BC.
Game one indicators are that the Eskies have replaced their team leader of the previous six seasons with a guy fully capable of keeping the beat going, which does not qualify as any kind of shocker, considering Harris’ numbers while with Ottawa last season.
Still, there have been those who’ve stubbornly clung to the “yeah, but” philosophy when it comes to Harris. But 447 yards in passing, with three touchdown strikes and zero interceptions – spreading the ball around to seven different receivers – clearly shows that Trevor Harris doesn’t need to try to fill Mike Reilly‘s shoes. He just needs to fill the ones he brought with him.
BONUS TAKEAWAY: Did I hear correctly? Did Trevor Harris take tap dancing lessons in the off-season to improve his footwork? Oh, I can’t wait to see that video this week on TSN. Think I’ll call him Trevor “Flea Hop” Harris from now on. Not as good as the Drew “Wol-Guitarsky” thing. I’ll do better with Tre Robersonat the end of this column. You’ll see.
LOOKS LIKE THOSE TRAINING CAMP REPORTS WERE BANG ON
I did not get to see a whole lot of the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the pre-season, but whenever I read up on them, a new guy’s name seemed to pop up pretty regularly.
23-year-old quarterback Isaac Harker impressed during camp, it seemed.
And he did again on Thursday night, coming on in relief of Cody Fajardo, who came on in relief of Zach Collaros, as the Riders battled the Ticats in Hamilton.
Showing a strong arm with a quick-flipping wrist whenever a compact delivery was necessary due to a collapsing pocket, Harker gave great indications for great expectations.
And, yeah, you might merely look at his stats and say “but he threw two interceptions and only completed 57% of his passes.”
True that, but not the whole story, as those interceptions were thrown very late in the game, both of them in “well, this ain’t perfect but I absolutely have to chuck it and hope for the best” situations.
The numbers look like one thing. The game film looks like something else. No one should, as yet, go ahead and anoint Isaac Harker as the Next One, but that first test sample indicates there might be some gold there.
BONUS TAKEAWAY: There’s such a thing as the Colorado School of Mines? And they have a football program? Huh. Go Orediggers!
GO AHEAD AND CONSIDER HIM A KICK RETURNER
Brandon Rutley is a power back, no? That’s it, right?
Through his first six seasons in the CFL, we got used to seeing him show some decently sweet feet coming out of the backfield, but what we primarily knew about him was that he could truck defenders and power his way to the forward yard marker.
Prior to Saturday night’s game against Winnipeg, the 30-year-old had hauled back a grand total of zero punts during his career, and just 22 kick-offs (19 of those in his rookie year in Hamilton in 2012).
While his punt return numbers from Saturday night were nothing special (4 for 17 yards), his kick return numbers – and style – showed that Rutley can carry the mail in more ways than one. On five of his kick-off returns he averaged 23 yards per, which is strong. But it was the other one of the six that really displayed his abilities as he dipped, dodged and raced his way to a 108-yard touchdown.
If he continues to amaze, I’ll be forced to come up with a cool returner nickname for him. Open to suggestions, but right now I’m leaning towards “A-Brandon All Hope of Stopping Him” Rutley.
DOMINIQUE DAVIS CAN PARK IT. AND PARK IT. AND PARK IT…
The REDBLACKS’ quarterback threw an interception on his first pass of the season, and it led to the Calgary Stampeders taking a 7-nothing lead midway through the first quarter.
The next time he touched the ball, Davis drove the REDBLACKS 86 yards for a touchdown, going 5-for-5 in passing, for 59 yards.
That was a very good sign for Ottawa, seeing their new QB1 shake off a costly pick and march confidently down the field.
Davis kept on doing that. And by that, I mean kept on throwing interceptions and then acting as though he had no memory of the recent event.
It’s good that Davis can shake off the bad stuff and put mistakes so far in the rearview that they barely register as specks. Quarterbacks get very shaky when they’re haunted.
However, in order to really take steps as a bona fide number one, Davis is going to need to show that he doesn’t have to display his ability to “park it” quite so often as he did on Saturday night.
BONUS TAKEAWAY: Noel Thorpe + veteran players = very good defence. Not exactly as well-known an equation as Einstein’s, but just as reliable.
AND FINALLY…
If he keeps it up, Tre Roberson will become known as Tre “Deja Vu” Roberson. No, wait! “Treja Vu” Roberson.
 

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STEINBERG’S MMQB: FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER


The winter of 2019 saw unprecedented movement in free agency, but it also set us up for a long waiting game. How would these big name players look in their new uniforms? It took us four months to find out, and on a few fronts, the answers we received were extremely positive.
Mike Reilly was without a doubt the biggest name that moved as free agency opened up. But while he was struggling in his first start with the BC Lions, his replacement in Edmonton was living up to the hype. Trevor Harris’s debut with the Eskimos was as good as you could have asked for, which shouldn’t be a surprise.
Harris came to Edmonton after three strong years in Ottawa and a well-earned reputation as an accurate and effective passer. After all, he entered 2019 as the CFL’s most accurate passer ever, active or retired. Coming into the season, Harris was clipping at over 70 per cent for his career completion record, albeit with plenty of football still to be played.
He lived up to that in a big way in Friday’s 32-25 Eskimos at home to Montreal. Harris completed almost 80 per cent of his 41 passes against the Als, throwing for 447 yards and three touchdowns; he rushed for an additional major, as well. While the expectations were high, fans in Edmonton had to be breathing a little easier knowing the big shoes Harris was signed to fill.

Again, though, this shouldn’t be shocking. The fit with Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Jason Maas seemed pretty natural on paper; it looked even more seamless on the field. The Esks also surrounded Harris with a talented group, including longtime Ottawa teammate Greg Ellingson at receiver. It’s one week, but things are off to a very nice start.
Now, if you were to look solely at the passing line of Dominique Davis from Saturday night, you’d be rather shocked to see him mentioned alongside Harris’s debut. However, Davis’s debut game as Ottawa’s number one quarterback was more about just the stats. In reality, it was still very impressive.
Davis threw four interceptions and no touchdown passes against the Calgary Stampeders in Week 1. In saying that, Davis also accounted for all three REDBLACKS touchdowns by running in a trio of scores. That included the game winning score with less than 90 seconds to go as Ottawa stunned the Stamps 32-28 at home.
While throwing four picks is never a positive, it can be mitigated for Davis by a couple factors. By and large, actually, he was actually fairly accurate; he finished over 65 per cent with 276 yards passing. More importantly, Davis showed multiple times he has the ability to put together long scoring drives at the helm.
Davis put together a pair of long touchdown drives in the first two quarters to keep Ottawa close heading into the half. Both drives started at Ottawa’s 24 yard line and were setup by some impressive Davis passing, along with a heck of a game from tailback Mossis Madu. Both first half drives culminated in Davis one-yard plunges, which he deserves credit for, because he helped put the team in that position.
The game winning drive for Davis wasn’t as long, but was equally impressive. After Calgary gave the REDBLACKS great field position with a poorly timed no yards penalty, Davis went bang-bang to RJ Harris and Brad Sinopoli for 18 and 24 yard pickups, respectively. Then, from the five, Davis showed off his high level athleticism by outrunning defenders to the cone for a leaping score.
Harris and Davis had very different looking games, and yet the fans of the teams they play for had to be impressed. Both had big shoes to fill: Davis is replacing Harris who’s replacing Reilly. At least for one week, those shoes were filled just fine.
We’re still here
New faces definitely made lots of news in Week 1. On top of the two guys already mentioned, William Powell impressed in his Riders debut while Lemar Durant and Duron Carter both looked good in their first game with BC. But don’t forget about a few mainstays who proved they aren’t going anywhere.
Some are concerned Andrew Harris is poised to take a step back in 2019. Personally, I don’t understand where the sentiment comes from. Yes, he’s 32, but Harris has shown precisely no signs of slowing down. In fact, last year at 31, he had his most productive and impressive season of his Hall of Fame career. Harris picked up where he left on Saturday night.
Harris spoiled Reilly’s debut with the Lions as he put Winnipeg on his back with a performance we’ve seen many times before. In a 33-23 Bombers win, Harris led the way with 148 rushing yards to go along with 27 yards through the air. Get used to a lot of him in 2019; if Week 1 is any indication, it looks like Winnipeg’s offence will run through Harris once again.

I’ll be honest; I was unsure of what we’d see from Brandon Banks to start the season. Coming off a season ending injury last year, and with a brand new offensive coordinator, I wasn’t sure if Banks would be in a spot to hit the ground running in 2019. I guess those thoughts were unfounded, because he looked just fine on Thursday night.
Banks was Hamilton’s leading receiver as they topped Saskatchewan 23-17 to kick off the season, and he was in fine form. Banks caught the only passing touchdown for the Ticats on Thursday and did so in typical fashion. He got behind the Roughriders secondary and hauled in a 41-yard major to give Hamilton their first lead.
The main reason I was uncertain about the type of start Banks would get off to is the departure of June Jones. Banks turned into a bona fide superstar under Jones after being mainly used as a returner prior. It looks like new offensive coordinator Tommy Condell is fully aware of how dynamic and explosive Banks is, as he was a focal point of that offence against Saskatchewan.
Finally, did anyone happen to see what CJ Gable got up to over the weekend? While his quarterback was shooting the lights out, Gable was putting together a big night of his own for the Eskimos. Gable pounded the ball all night and finished with 154 rushing yards to go along with 29 through the air and a receiving touchdown.
Gable was very much feast-or-famine in 2018, mainly because of how pass-heavy Edmonton was with Reilly at quarterback. I’m curious to see how consistently we see Gable used this season, though, because the guy is still a big time impact maker.