4 players released today! REDBLACKS roster moves, more news from REDBLACKS Barre Campbell, Manager of Media Relations. http://www.ottawaredblacks.com/article/redblacks-training-camp-recap-june-12-2014
From June 10. REDBLACKS roster moves, more from Barre Campbell. Refer June 10 post page 3 below.
From June 2. Refer to this post for great professional training camp pic's from @Romanovichphotohttp://total-cfl.com/discussion/index.php?topic=497.0
From May 29 I enjoyed watching the REDBLACKS Rookie Camp. Refer May 29 post page 3 below.
From May 14. 2014 CFL Draft was last night! After trading the 1st pick and the rights to center Marwan Hage to the Stampeders for all-star centre Jon Gott, the REDBLACKS traded quarterback Kevin Glenn to BC for the 5th pick overall. They then made another deal with the Alouettes to move up to the 4th pick where they selected Antoine Pruneau. For a report on the top 3 REDBLACKS picks from the 2014 CFL draft! http://en.ottawaredblacks.com/article/meet-the-top-3-redblacks-picks-from-the-2014-cfl-draft
From April 30. The REDBLACKS uniforms! https://twitter.com/REDBLACKS/status/463823018993532929/photo/1
Refer below page 3 May 6 post for more pics of the REDBLACKS uniforms.
From April 30. Yeh! The REDBLACKS will be unveiling their GAME JERSEYS on May 6th!
Also REDBLACKS games etc job fair is this Saturday where over 1,000 opportunities are available! F
From April 29. Refer below page 3 for reports on the Open Tryouts from Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun newspaper.
From April 28. Was a great time yesterday at the REDBLACKS Open Player Tryouts. 2 pictures.
"Yeh #CFL footy back! #Ottawa @REDBLACKS Open Player Tryouts! Media boss @bgrantcampbell said 150+ players competed! https://twitter.com/MykAussie/status/460893410044284928/photo/1
"#CFL #Ottawa @REDBLACKS Open Player Tryouts Sundee! Here with new @BCLions Stephen Adekolu who was watching mates! https://twitter.com/MykAussie/status/460887649411026944/photo/1
For more on the Open Tryouts refer to page 3 below.
From April 26. The Open Tryout for players is tomorrow Sunday April 27. I'll be there watching etc. Looking forward to it. Refer below page 2 April 13 for details.
I wonder who will be trying out for the punting job! Watch now! This was great fun, from 2002! My CFL/Aussie footy punting contest/fun with Duncan O' Mahony 2001 Grey Cup Champ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF56J9OyAOY
Refer below latest post to watch Pt 2.
From April 16. REDBLACKS draft picks unsigned, chase NFL dream for now. Refer below page 2 for the report by Tim Baines in Ottawa.
From April 14. Ooch! Marwan Hage retires. This is bad new for the REDBLACKS as he was one of the key Expansion Draft picks. This is maybe the 1st reasonably big mistake by the REDBLACKS. Watch for REDBLACKS to now possibily draft Pierre Lavertu from Laval who it is believed could play now in the CFL at Center. For the details and more of my thoughts on this on what is a wasted important pick by the REDBLACKS refer to the latest post page 2 below.
From April 13. This is great! The Ottawa REDBLACKS will be hosting a Open Tryout at Carleton University on April 27. I think it would be awesome to see someone end up making the team from this tryout.
From April 10. REDBLACKS are now in a mini-camp. Refer below page 2 or I suggest follow https://twitter.com/TimCBaines
on twitter for the latest news from the mini-camp in Richmond Virginia, USA.
From April 4. Refer below page 2 for REDBLACKS 3 latest signings, all linebackers including former BC Lion Anton McKenzie.
Refer below page 2 for article about the upcoming Canadian Draft and REDBLACKS.
From Mar 18. Refer below page 2 for DB Jermaine Robinson signing.
From Mar 12. Refer below page 2 for WR Paris Jackson signing.
From Mar 3. Refer below page 2 for a excellent article by Glen Suitor in regards to "QB decisions already on the table for REDBLACKS."
From my twitter "#CFL This is a awesome vid! #Ottawa @REDBLACKS Mascot Unveil! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6I4mWTHPJI
Name the Mascot competition http://fluidsurveys.com/s/REDBLACKSnamethemascot/
Feb 14. Refer below for the report of the 5 more REDBLACKS signings, CFLers defensive lineman Brandon Lang and defensive back Bo Smith along with 3 WRers Eric Rogers, DJ Woods and Jason Bruce.
Feb 13. Refer below for report on Jovon Johnson and Malik Jackson signings with REDBLACKS.
Feb 12. Refer below for the 3 REDBLACKS Free Agent signings today!
Refer below, Henry Burris the latest REDBLACKS signing. Listen to Ottawa REDBLACKS GM Marcel Desjardins talking on Ottawa TSN1200 radio about the signing.
Refer Below to listen to Keith Shologan Defensive Tackle for REDBLACKS interview on TSN1200 radio today.
Refer below and listen to the Jan 15 interview with Marcel Desjardins GM REDBLACKS on TSN 1200 radio.
REDBLACKS picks, live stream, more cfl.ca/expansiondraft#DraftTracker
Refer below for reports about the draft including today from Al's media, listen to the Kevin Glenn and Thomas DeMarco interviews, watch the Argo's GM Jim Barker and BC Lions GM Wally Buono interviews.
A mate of mine here in Ottawa I'll call him Coach C, who is a successful and popular coach here has sent me his thoughts on the draft. Also below from Sat Dec 14 is his picks with his predicted protected players and a brief description. It's great reading.
"Myk Aussie well I like the pics. A lot were guys I debated on taking in the mock drafts. Hopkins and Fraser Pottinger were guys I picked. Liked the 2 import Rs, 3 Canadian FBs, Delahunt and Lavoie can fill Offensive roles but Green was a LB his first few years in league and was moved to FB because he is special teams guy.
The S played for Campbell in GGY and can fill role very well. Verdone was a stud in CIS yet to play much in CFL. The DL was what surprised me more. Hopkins is a good addition, Capicciotti is good young Canadian. Marshall and Evans - admittedly I don't know much about them. Williams I was on the fence about putting in as he has good skills but shocking to me that Shologan was left unprotected. (If anything, he could be trade bait to Edm or SSK for another player and picks).
Glenn honestly concerned about him, good QB - has experience and is one of my favourites, just he needs to have a strong supporting cast around him to be good. He has proven that in WPG, and Ham. DeMarco I think is a great pick up. Walker is a stud, great speed.
The OL was kinda disappointing as I didn't think they would go all young guys. Hage is awesome a good friend. Didn't think and have doubts he will leave Hamilton. Lee played in NFL, Eppele has been very inconsistent in his time in Toronto. Like JM Deane.. lots of talent. Kraunick...don't know a lot about him. I worked with Albright and messaged him when pick was announced. He is super jacked to get here. Great kid." Coach C.
From Sat Dec 14. A mate of mine here in Ottawa (Coach C) who is a successful and popular coach here has sent me his picks for the RedBlacks 2013 Expansion Draft. Excellent information below that starts with his predicted protected players and a brief description then my mates predictions. The draft is Monday Dec 16. I really like that he supplied me this.
Montreal - Predicted protected list.
1- T. Smith QB - replacement for Calvillo
2- J. Bowman DL - still productive getting to QB
3- C. Cox LB - Defensive star, leader
4- G. Tisdale CB - Picks says it all
5- SJ Green SB - threat on O and productive
6- D. Carter WR - exploded on scene this year... will be a force
7- J. Richardson SB - bouncing back from injury!
8- T. Sutton RB - did well after late signing... has potential
9- A. Lavarias DE - gets after QB
10- B. London WR - coming back from Injury
11- T. Carrier WR/RS - threat on specials....WR of future???
1- M. Edem - very productive in first year
2- K. Matte - former 1st round pick, was final cut of Texans, has the abilities
3- J. Perrett - starter on OL
4- R. Bomben - great feet, athletic, mobile, aggressive, replaced Flory
5- P. Lavoie - surprise HB/FB threat
6- B. Ridgeway - special teams threat
1st Round - DT Moton Hopkins - played for Campbell in WPG and Nelson in MTL - has been productive and fills role well
2nd Round (Non import) - Andrew Woodruff - Canadian starter with great experience, Boise State product who can step in and lead from LG position
3rd Round (after protecting DesLauriers, Klassen, Adebayo, Flory, Spencer, Messam) - Ismael Bamba - speak freak can return kicks and be threat on specials coverage and returns
Toronto - Predicted protected players.
1- R. Ray QB - starting QB, has 2-4yrs left ("Note. Refer below for Argo's GM Jim Barker interview where he talks about protecting Ricky Ray and the draft" Myk)
2- C. Owens WR - threat whenever he touches ball, anywhere on field
3- J. Robinson CB - shut down corner and around ball
4- M. Ball LB - plays the part and is around ball
5- J. King OT - played RT very well, great pedigree
6- T. Washington LT - was superb from signing in early part of season
7- J. Chiles WR - productive slot who was around ball
8- K. Mitchell DT - good career, been in media but makes plays
9- J. Carter DB - been very productive player
10- J. Barnes - R. Ray target, disappears but then re appears and makes plays
11- S. Horton LB - Edge rusher who is around ball
1- J. Gabriel S- draft pick in '12, around ball and had great 1st year
2- A. Durie SB - threat anywhere on field
3- C. Van Zeyl OT- Made move from DL to OL and has been consistent and still not reached full potential
4- T. Holmes OT- spent 2 years in Minnesota, former Tulsa LT who needs work in CFL but great future
5- S. Watt SB - makes plays and is around ball
6- C. Laing DT - gets after QB
Ottawa Round 1 - Demtrice Morely DB - played for Campbell in WPG
Round 2 - Jason Pottinger LB - great specials player and potential to be starting LB
Round 3 - (Yurichuk, Eppele, Keeping, Black, Hood) - K. Koch - has played OG and C in league, has had good years and can lead group
Hamilton - Predicted protected players.
1- D. LeFevour - has all the tools for CFL
2- E. McCullough - fits Steinauer's D and makes plays
3- B. Issac - see McCullough
4- D. Breaux - surprise performer in 1st year in CFL, huge future
5- CJ Gable - had great first year in CFL, can NFL dream wait?
6- B. Simmons - all the tools for CFL LT
7- G. Ellingson - came out of nowhere in 1st yr, and proved he belongs
8- B. Grant - continues to produce
9- R. Murray - fit right in into Sam position, made plays all over field
10- E. Norwood - former Carolina Panther, may have found a home rushing the passer, great energy
11- B. Banks - PPl take notice of TiCats specials teams when he is back to return
1- P. Dyakowski - Canada's smartest still productive leader on OL
2- A. Fantuz - makes all the catches with Hoover hands
3- C. Stephan - starting FS, athletic playmaker
4- G. Wojt - battler in the trenches
5- B. Bulcke - made plays and was explosive at DT
6- S. Giguere - speed galore, needs to become more consistent over the middle and improve hands
Round 1 - QB Brian Brohm has the arm and field presence to take control of Offence as he did in college, former high round NFL draft choice
Round 2 - FB John Delahunt - local kid who can fill roles as HB, FB, TE. Willing blocker and good receiver out of backfield
Round 3 (S. Williams, D. Stala, J. Bartel, N. King, F. Plesius, M. Hage, J. Reinders, H. Hazime) A. Gascon Nadon DE - VERY productive CIS player with pass rush skills
Winnipeg - Predicted protected players.
1- M. Hall QB - worthy of being CFL back up QB
2- D. Washington DB - athletic playmaker who has knack for being around ball and making big play
3- I. Wild LB - stepped into role after injuries sidelined other, proved he is a playmaker
4- G. January OT - leader on OL, mean streak
5- C. Denmark SB - displayed skills in his time in league
6- B. Turner DT - Keeps putting focus into work and improvement and gets better each year
7- T. Edwards SB - veteran playmaker, leader
8- J. Sears DB - hard hitting defender who will dislodge ball on contact
9- J. Jones OL - added to roster late in year and showed good athletic ability at OT
10- D. Dunn LB/DB - took a while to warm up to CFL game but proved he is defender who makes plays
11- Z. Anderson DT - in his first year he was around QB a lot.
1- C. Watson SB - proved his playmaker label with catches and decleating blocks
2- H. Muamba MLB - free agent who may look at NFL
3- C. Greaves OG - former DL who was moved to OL and proved aggressiveness goes a long way
4- P. Neufeld OL - traded for during season, high hopes in WPG
5- C. Muamba S - free agent pick up last year who was around ball and was productive
6- K. Poblah WR - young canadian R who has been fighting injury bug
Round 1 - Greg Peach - veteran CFLer who has displayed skils to rush the passer
Round 2 - Carl Volny - hard to predict WPG as they lack Canadian talent - could go after draft picks
Round 3 (J. Thomas, MP Pontbriand, P. Dubuisson, P. Swiston, T. Pencer, S. Deangelis) - BUT J. Green LB effective on specials
Round 5 Saskatchewan - Predicted protected players.
1- D. Durant - leader, star of Team
2- T. Breckenridge S - former NFL who has proven to be a front line player in CFL.
3- X. Fulton OT - Big, athletic pass protector
4- G. Simon SB - ageless wonder? Keeps making plays
5- J. Chick DE - returned from NFL look with 'things' to prove
6- D. Anderson CB - veteran - vocal leader will take stupid penalty but bounces back with solid play
7- W. Brown DB - big time playmaker who is around ball and leader
8- R. Williams CB - former NFLer who make plays and is around ball
9 - T. George DE - gets after QB, was injured most of year in '13
10 - R. WIlliams LB - blew knee towards end of year in '13, has proven to be a leader and playmaker
11 - C. Garrett RB - picked up in trade late in year, athletic and dangerous with ball in hands
Round 1 - Hilee Taylor - Some people are very upset that Taylor is the guy and that he is available, has great potential as pass rusher
Round 2 - Chris Best OL - WOW what a steal? to gd in e CFL
Round 3 - Brendan Dunn - great potential and length in pass pro
Calgary Protected - Predicted protected players.
1- Bo Mitchell QB - played BIG when injuries gave him an opportunity, big future ahead of him.
("Note: Calgary's Mark Stephan agrees. Refer below." Myk)
2- J. Fuller WR - NFL bloodline, great size and potential to control game
3- N. Lewis SB - veteran leader who makes plays as R and blocker, ageless wonder
4- M. McDaniel WR - replaced Lewis as go to guy, veteran leader
5- C. Hughes DE - great edge rusher who puts pressure on QB
6- S. Bryant OT - LT who continues to improve
7- D. Mayo LB - great first year in league was around ball
8- K. Raymond DB/LB - diminutive, playmaker
9- B. Smith CB - big athletic playmaker who shuts downs opposing Rs
10- M. Price WR - just resigned a big contract - playmaker
11 - E. Harrison OT - has quietly worked at being a solid CFL OL.
1- J.Cornish RB - best player in league?
2- R. Paredes K - worked himself out of funk to arguably be one of best Ks in league
3- S. Wilson OL -working on becoming one of team's best OL....local kid
4- B. Jones OG/C - 1st year in league was a revelation, great preparer, never satisfied!
5- J. Phillips LB/DE - special teams stalwart, who needs to step up on Defence-
6- J. Gott OG - slowly working on becoming leader in trenches
Round 1- Jonathan Hefney LB - playmaker, around ball. Played for Campbell and Nelson in WPG in 1st yr
Round 2 - Rob Maver K - young kicker with big leg
Round 3 - (Federkeil, Deane, Carter, Fraser, D'Aguillar, Sinopoli, Peach, Mace) K. McCartney LB - good special teams presence
BC Lions - Predicted protected players.
1- T. Lulay QB - the man for BC... offence revolves around him
2- N. Moore SB - athletic SB who is playmaker
3- A. Bighill LB - leader on D, seems to be every where on field
4- J. Olafioye OT - worked and determined player has become best OT in league?
5- E. Arceneaux WR - returned from NFL in mid season and didn't miss a beat with O
6- B. Archibald OT - big free agent signing a few years ago, makes solid tandem with Olafioye
7- C. Parks CB - young shut down corner
8- S. Logan RB/KR - returned from NFL to prove how important he is as weapon on O and special teams
9 - R. Phillips DB - shutdown veteran leader of secondary
10 - S. Elimimian LB - defensive cog who is around ball and makes plays
11- E. Taylor DT - BIG man in middle to control LOS
1- A. Harris RB - Canadian phenom who keeps getting better
2. M. Norman OL - young Canadian OL who works on craft and fast becoming one of best
3. S. Gore SB - young Canadian playmaker who is fast becoming one of best
4- S. Haidara WR - Big R who should step into big role
5- D. Valli C - veteran leader in middle who has working his way into being important piece to O
6- K. Fabien OL - young Canadian OL who was injured last year but has tools to be stud on OL
Round 1 - Courtney Taylor WR/SB - athletic playmaker in his prime
Round 2 - Jabar Westerman DL - young athletic DT, who was a 1st round draft choice
Round 3 (Ianuzzi WR, Arakgi LB, Larose S, P. Kabongo OL, M. Albright OL, R. Lumballa RB) - Kyle Jones LB
good quality special teams players
Edmonton - Predicted protected players.
1- M. Reilly QB - big signing last year who was inconsistent due to injuries in first year in EDM
2- F. Stamps SB - veteran leader on R-ing core who needs to stay healthy
3- A. Bowman SB - been a big playmaker in league, signed extension needs to develop relationship
4- A. Sewell DT - BIG man in middle of DL,..... strength is shutting down running lanes
5- M. Howard DE - Pass rushing force who is relentless off edge
6- JC Sherritt LB - Leader of Defence, around ball
7- O. Willis DE - big signing last year, teams with Howards for scary pass rush
8- R. Currran LB - started year as back up LB and stepping in due to injuries and becoming force
9- E. Samuels LB - rookie of year at LB, has played DB
10- J. Miles KR/RB - making name for himself as special teams guy, has great skills...needs time on O
11- A. Grymes CB - was shutdown CB before internal injury
1- D. Alexander S - starting FS who is glue in secondary
2- G. Shaw P/K - Young Canadian kicker who has skills to stick around for a decade
3- S. Chambers SB - was talk about getting NFL looks, great speed, still waiting on potential
4- N. Coehorn SB - young Canadian R who has tools...waiting for tools and production to meet
5- G. Hinse C - Veteran leader on OL
6- M. O'Donnell - BIG man on OL, working hard on being the starting LT for a decade
Round 1: Thad Coleman OT - was starting LT for K. Sweet for 2 years, has great arm length and pass blocking skills
Round 2: Elie Ngoyi DE - young Canadian athletic freak... loads of room to improve and be threat
Round 3: (Cappiciotti DE, R. Hinds CB, N. Kanya LB, C. McCarty RB, B. Ramsay OL, C. Sharun S) Joash Gesse young specials teams guy who played ST in BC and Edm... loads of skills to make field presence on D
So in summary -
Brian Brohm QB
Thad Coleman OT
Chris Best OG
Brendan Dunn OT
Kyle Koch C/G
Andrew Woodruff OG
Courtney Taylor WR
Ismael Bamba WR
John Delahunt FB
Carl Volny FB
Jonathan Hefney LB
Joash Gesse LB
Kyle Jones LB
James Green LB/ST
Karl McCartney LB
Jason Pottinger LB
Demetrice Morely DB
Jabar Westerman DT
Moton Hopkins DT
Elie Ngoyi DE
Hilee Taylor DE
Greg Peach DE
Arnaud Gascon Nadon DE
Rob Maver P/K