CFL Roundup 7.0

CFL Fantasy Draft

For those of you who want to add a little excitement to the CFL season, is hosting a free fantasy pool. The only prize is bragging rights, which is still something you can hang your hat on if you are the bragging type. The format is pretty simple, pick your players at the beginning of the season and then see how they do over the course of the year. Eskimos Nation went with a team stacked full of Eskimos with the exception of Adrian Peterson at backup quarterback. Why Peterson over Maas? Simply because your ol pal Gizzie has the utmost confidence that Ricky Ray will be starting wire-to-wire this year.

Quarterback Situations

With Toronto Argonauts head coach Jim Barker anointing Henry Lemon as the starting quarterback for the Boatmen, Kevin Glenn getting the nod in Hamilton, and Buck Pierre looking like the starter in Winnipeg, it looks like all those battles for the starters job fizzled out pretty quickly. With the exception of Lemon, who had to contend with former Saskatchewan backup Dalton Bell, there really weren’t any impressive quarterback competitions where you thought that either player could start. The guys who are getting the ball were the front runners from day one.

Calgary’s Offensive Line

Matt Sheridan, who weighed in at 380-pounds at camp, has retired, leaving the Stampeders even more short handed along what was already a piece meal line. Combined with the defection of Dmitri Tsoumpas to the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, and the retirements of Jeff Pilon, Jesse Newman, and John Comiskey (signed and retired in the off-season), the Stampeders offensive line is looking a little thinner than maybe Henry Burris would want. It seems that any offensive lineman that Calgary had planned to have around in 2010 is deciding to occupy their time elsewhere. Sure they brought in Dan Comiskey, and Sam Allen along with Ben Archibald leave the Stampeders with some talent, but it’s not looking good for the Stampeders this season. That being said, the Stamps did go 2-0 in the pre-season and scored 64 points while only giving up 38. Maybe they won’t be in that much trouble after all.

The CFL Pauses for Taylor and Tyler

Not sure if it was by design or not, but not going head to head with the NHL Entry Draft this weekend is a brilliant move by the CFL, especially here in Edmonton where everyone’s favorite question is “Taylor or Tyler?”. Canada is first and foremost a hockey nation, but we do love our football as well, just so long as it doesn’t interfere with hockey. This way, the NHL does its thing this weekend and then the CFL can get down to business on the Canada Day long weekend. Speaking of which, lining up an opening weekend that kicks-off on Canada Day and finishes four days later on the Fourth of July is also nice, as it gives fans a reason to tune in all weekend long.

Late Additions?

The pre-season is over. Training camp is pretty much over. Yet the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes both made additions to their rosters yesterday. Maybe to cloud the picture a little more when making those all important roster decisions? The Argonauts added kicker Jamie Boreham, who retired on June 8th, only to come back to the league after deciding that he wasn’t quite ready for shuffleboard. One of these days, we here at Esks Nation are going to sit down a read the section of the collective bargaining agreement (if we can ever get a copy) about retirement and how it works. Okay, Boreham comes back, we get that, however, Montreal went out and signed quarterback Ricky Santos, formerly of both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Montreal Alouettes. The question is why? They have no chance to really evaluate him, and now have four quarterbacks on the roster. I guess we will find out the answer some time before the roster deadline.

Cutdown Deadline

Speaking of, the deadline for cutting down the rosters is Thursday at 1 pm MST. Still lots of moves to be made. Who will be stashed away on the injured reserve and what will the practice rosters look like? Makes for some interesting questions over the next 36 hours.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on June 24, 2010 at 12:47 am

    why isn’t prefontain under special teams on the roster??


  2. I’m guessing that you are refering to the article above where I take a last stab at predicting the roster. I left Prefontaine off the roster because the Eskimos could decide to go with Derek Schiavone as a younger, and more importantly, cheaper option. They may not, but I think its a position where the two players competing for one spot are fairly close in ability and the team could save some cap room by keeping Schiavone.

    The salary cap in the CFL is something that is not nearly discussed enough. This is in large part to teams not disclosing salaries. That being said, there will be some cuts made around the league that are due strictly to salary cap issues.


  3. Posted by Anonymous on June 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Very good point,
    Schiavone is a good player, and it would help his development.

    thanks for the response.


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