Wednesday 20 June 2012

Preview: Tiger-Cats at Blue Bombers


The Ti-Cats have a lot of roster questions still left unanswered and the performances of players in tonight's game could have a big impact on who is still around after final cuts are made. Like last week, I'm going to name a few players (or position groups) that people should keep an eye on.

Just like last week, the defensive line is an area that's worth monitoring. One player in particular to keep a watchful eye on is Brandon Boudreaux. Boudreaux had a pretty good game last week against Toronto, and another solid outing could find him not just on the roster, but in the mix as a possible starter. Boudreaux could be the next unknown – like Khari Long, Garrett McIntrye and Justin Hickman – to emerge as a solid contributor along the Tiger-Cats' defensive line.

A player I have noticed that is having a quietly good camp is defensive back Marcell Young. Young looks like a lock to start in the secondary, and with good reason. Watch him carefully as he matches up with the Winnipeg receivers. He's a player that could take a big step up in his second year.

Another defensive back worth keeping an eye on is Hamilton-born Matt Bucknor. Bucknor, like Young, has had a solid camp and is making a real push to make the 46-man roster. A strong showing tonight could solidify his position with the team.

And last, but certainly not least, is Avon Cobourne. We all know what Cobourne is capable of, and his spot on the roster is secure, but it will still be interesting to see him back on the field in his Black & Gold duds.

We Tiger-Cat fans are lucky as this is the only Week 2 preseason contest that will be aired on TSN (TSN2, to be exact). The fun starts at 8:00PM.

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