Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Preview: Argonauts at Tiger-Cats


Since this is a preseason game, I'm going to take a little different path with this preview. I did write a more traditonal preview article, if that is something you'd like to read, but what I'm going to do here is highlight some players (not obvious players, like Henry Burris or Sam Giguère) I think fans might want to keep an eye on.

Probably the unknown player that has impressed me the most is receiver Chris Duvalt. Every training camp session I've attended has featured at least one great play by the Illinois alum. I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do going up against players that aren't on his own team.

Everything I just said about Chris Duvalt applies to the next person to keep an eye on, receiver Onrea Jones. Jones has been seeing time with the first-team offense during practice and has not looked out of place with the veterans he's been out there with. Seeing what he can do against another team's secondary will be interesting.

Chevon Walker is the third rookie that has impressed during training camp. He is in a fight with James Berezik (who is also a guy worth keeping an eye on) for the backup running back job behind Avon Cobourne, but Walker seems to have a leg up in that competiton. He is also in the mix at kick and punt returner with a host of others. If he proves to be valuable on special teams, his chances of sticking with the team increase substantially.

The battle for the team's No. 3 quarterback spot was Tate Forcier's to lose until Dan LeFevour was brought in. LeFevour now looks like the front runner for the job and Forcier will have to impress against the Argos to get himself back in the competition. Neither will see meaningful reps, but they have a chance to impress in the little time they will see on the field.

Not so much a player, but seeing how the defensive line plays, including what players make up the starting unit, is definitely worth watching. There has been a lot of turnover in that unit from last season, so it is worth keeping a keen eye on how well the unit plays.

Sure, it might only be the preseason, but that doesn't mean the game isn't important. The result matters little, but seeing players in action against an opposing team will help the Ti-Cat brain trust decide who to keep and who to let go.

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