Getting extra kicks for the ’Cats

So, there’s the kicking scenario sorted out. A minimum of for now. In trendy professional soccer the entice door below punters and kickers is normally outfitted with a hair set off.

When the Hamilton Tiger-Cats made their cuts Saturday to get all the way down to regular-season roster measurement after Friday’s last-second 18-17 exhibition loss to the Toronto Argonauts, the incumbents — Canadian kicker Michael Domagala and Australian punter Joel Whitford — had been the survivors. Australian punter Blake Hayes confirmed sufficient to land a spot on the follow roster and Irish punter Tadhg Chief and American kicker Seth Small of Texas A&M had been launched. Small’s departure was a small (sorry) shock, however for the time being the Ticats can’t actually afford utilizing a Designated Import spot at kicker.

These further American uniforms are required elsewhere: in all probability within the secondary, the place rookie Lawrence Woods made the 46-man roster after returning a punt 99 yards towards Toronto; within the offensive backfield the place Hamilton will begin Don Jackson, so will want large downhill runner Wes Hills to again him up; and on the line of defense as returnees Malik Carney and Lee Autry II are each on the lively roster. Backup linebacking and large receiver combos will even determine into the weekly roster-ratio configuration.

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Orlondo Steinauer mentioned all through coaching camp that he and his workers had been making an attempt just a few new ideas to develop their organizational pondering and expertise and a kind of appeared to be to sit down out various veterans on the offence within the ultimate pre-season sport with a view to get longer seems at a number of gamers on the “bubble.”

So, neither No. 1 quarterback Dane Evans nor backup Matthew Shiltz dressed towards the Argos, and neither did Jackson, some beginning linemen, together with Chris Van Zeyl and Brandon Revenberg, and established receivers like Bralon Addison.

Evans performed solely the primary quarter of the pre-season, which may doubtlessly affect the offence’s rhythm and fluidity within the season opener in Regina towards potential Gray Cup contender Saskatchewan on Saturday night time. That raised some eyebrows however, it says right here, that though it may present within the first few sequence it gained’t be an enormous situation.

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The diminished Ticats’ offence mounted solely 9 first downs in Guelph. Jamie Newman, the newcomer from Wake Forest, used the chance to edge out Jalen Morton for the No. 3 quarterback spot, exhibiting confidence and finishing all eight of his passes, together with a 34-yard landing strike to College of Buffalo alum Andrew Johnson. Morton goes on the follow roster.

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Some coaching camp battles that weren’t apparent resulted in Johnson and 2022 Canadian draft alternative Kiondre Smith becoming a member of the receiving corps, and the backup linebacker jobs going to veteran particular groups chief Curtis Newton, younger returnees, Nic Cross, Bailey Feltmate, Patrick Nelson and Kyle Wilson, plus CFL sophomore Canadian Grant McDonald, who got here from Edmonton in a May trade.

The Ticats had too many skilled candidates for too few spots, so among the many 23 males launched had been offensive lineman and McMaster grad Joe Bencze, and Canadian linebackers Myles Manalo and Jarek Richards, each of whom performed final yr.

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The Ticats have left themselves a lot of flexibility and depth within the Canadian/American ratio.

They may possible go together with 5 Canadian starters on offence, 4 on the offensive line and a number of at hybrid backfielder/finish with Jake Burt, or Felix Garand-Gauthier, and at receiver. Canadian Lemar Durant is on the six-game damage record, however gifted Sean Thomas Erlington can play operating again or short-slot receiver, and there are additionally receivers David Ungerer III and rookie Smith.

The signing of 2021 draft alternative Mohamed Diallo fortifies the Canadian brigade on defence, the place the Ticats may confidently begin two or three homebrews: Tunde Adeleke at security; Ted Laurent and/or Mason Bennett on the road; plus defensive lineman Diallo when he will get up to the mark or sophomore security Stavros Katsantonis.

As soon as Canadian offensive lineman Coulter Woodmansey and receivers Durant and Tyler Ternowski return from the six-game damage record there might be some reassessments and reshuffling.

The Ticats know from latest expertise that accidents to Canadians have an undesirable affect on the beginning ratio, with a significant trickle-down impact on particular groups, so prioritized growing the depth and breadth of their Canuck content material. Due to ratio issues elsewhere, they ceaselessly had hassle getting Jackson into the beginning lineup final season and don’t need a repeat of that headache. The brand new compressed hash marks may create personnel mismatches which favour quick-hitting backs who’re additionally harmful within the open discipline. And Jackson is each.

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