Tuesday 4 May 2010

So Long, Tre

Buried in all the talk of Marwan Hage's extension comes the news that the team has released Running Back Tre Smith.

Letting go of Smith seemed inevitable. He was out for almost the entire 2009 season and was supplanted by DeAndra' Cobb and Kenton Keith on the depth chart, meaning his only real way to contribute was as a Kick Returner. He had done an adequate job of that in the past, but he was never the spark that is needed in the return game in the CFL, where field position is hugely important.

Smith spent almost the entire 2009 season on the injured list after getting hurt in the Week 1 loss to the Argonauts. The next week, Cobb came in and took the job. Smith wouldn't see the field for the rest of season.

Smith's loss isn't huge considering he was barely used in 2009. For his sake, I hope he finds another job. He has the skills to be a change-of-pace RB, and in the right system he could be a deadly returner. Good luck, Tre.

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