Friday, 15 June 2012

Ticats Cuts Bring Some Clarity

The Tabbies made a few cuts today, most notably letting go of quarterback Tate Forcier.

From what I saw during camp, Forcier looked about average for a CFL rookie. He didn't show anything that would knock your socks off, but he made no more mistakes than any other player in his first CFL training camp. He showed promise, if nothing else. The problem, however, is that when Dan LeFevour came into camp, he looked brilliant. Forcier, who is still old enough to be in college, just couldn't compete with guy who had been to two NFL training camps since being drafted in 2010. LeFevour is just a more polished player than Forcier and therefore a better player to have as the team's No. 3 quarterback.

The Cats also released receiver Joe Collins and defensive back Marcus Walker. I didn't see much out of Collins during camp, and I'm pretty certain he didn't see the field on offense during Wednesday night's game. The odds were stacked against him, so it is no surprise that he is among the first cuts. The Cats still have some tough decisions to make at receiver and releasing Collins may have been the easiest one.

I didn't really get a read on Walker because I haven't focused as much on the secondary. Looking at the roster I can see, like with Collins at receiver, why Walker was let go. The Cats have a lot of guys competing for spots out there and almost all of them have more experience than Walker.

The Cats now have a little less than two days before the CFL mandated deadline of midnight Sunday to get the roster down to 65 players. The team has another practice scheduled for this afternoon at McMaster and their second Black & Gold Day of 2012, this one in Burlington, tomorrow afternoon to evaluate players.

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