Ticats to sit RB C.J. Gable for Ross Scheuerman

In an apparent effort to kick-start a languishing ground game, the Ticats are benching veteran running back C.J. Gable in favour of second-year man Ross Scheuerman for this Saturday’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Scheuerman played in three games last season making one start but it was a good one: he had 16 carries for 79 yards as well as five catches for 40 yards in a 20-17 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Sept. 16.

Unfortunately, Scheuerman broke his wrist in that same contest and missed the remainder of the season.

He’ll replace Gable, who had five carries for nine yards in the season-opening loss to the Toronto Argonauts on June 26. The 2013 East Division Most Outstanding Rookie, Gable is in his fifth season with the Ticats. He had almost 700 yards rushing and more than 400 yards receiving last season but had just one 100-yard rushing game.

The Ticats have often neglected the run game under head coach Kent Austin. They were eighth in the CFL in rushing attempts in 2015 and ran just 24 per cent of the time last season, tied with the Riders for dead last.

Hamilton is expected to make a number of other roster moves ahead of Saturday’s contest, including the insertion of receivers Jalen Saunders and Junior Collins into the line up. They’ll replace Terrence Toliver, who injured his knee against Toronto, and Kevin Elliott, who had two catches for 18 yards against Toronto.

Defensive back Abdul Kanneh did not on Thursday, meaning it is extremely unlikely he’ll play Saturday.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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32 Comments on Ticats to sit RB C.J. Gable for Ross Scheuerman

  1. Gable is a beast who never gets the ball and blocks like a lineman, Austin is making a mistake.

  2. Kanneh did not what?

  3. Scottsask // July 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm //

    Did not complete his thought?

  4. Jeff May // July 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm //

    Ticats CJ Gambled and loss! I fully agree with this. I was all excited to see a healthy CJ last week, and nothing, notta! Time for someone who will stick around and get yards!
    I saw first hand how he can or used to be able to single handedly get first downs, while throwing some lineman-caliber blocks. But I don’t see any GC rings on his fingers, and that’s what I want to see this year! Time to put in someone who can play like CJ did!!

  5. Gable is over rated as a runner. He’s a good blocker. We have no game changer in the backfield. I agree w this move as noted in other posts last week.

  6. Try a double back set occassionally. Offers more protection and options for offence. The defence will have figure out the possible combinations this offeres.

  7. HA1912GCC // July 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm //

    Just a question: could the problem be the o-line and play selection rather than Gable? Let’s face it, the o-line were overrun trying to protect Collaros last week, let alone trying to open holes. And if the play selection is mostly built on the pass, other teams are usually going to predict ground plays. Maybe Scheuerman will show some new things, but if the o-line and play selection remain the same …

    • Sea of Dead // July 6, 2017 at 8:17 pm //

      The OL is a major problem area … Essentially the same as the one we saw last year with one new tackle. The Cat OL remains below average relative to the rest of the league but let’s hope their motivational level is higher than what we saw in T.O which could bring their performance level to say … average and perhaps a win. But don’t expect that from this group game in/game out. We’ll be lucky to get to 0.500 this season because there are more issues on this team than just OL play.

  8. RalphInTheCreek // July 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm //

    CJ the good blocker helps keep ZC alive. Would like to see Jalen Saunders if he gets into the game, he’s the same size as Chris Williams with lots of speed, both 5″9 about 160lb’s

  9. jeanette // July 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm //

    Abdul Kannah did not what ?

  10. Practice

  11. Doug Penner // July 6, 2017 at 2:35 pm //

    Schuerman also had a good showing in the preseason as well. This will pay off in the long run (get it? Baby steps Ticat fans, baby steps. We all know how hard it is for Coach to change even when somethings not working

  12. frank emil sabados // July 6, 2017 at 3:49 pm //

    Cats don t have much of a Running , Austin always pass friendly offense

  13. frank emil sabados // July 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm //

    Cat s don t use the running game that much , Austin loves the pass happy offense , too bad he did nt mix in some running plays , it could nt hurt

  14. Flying Wing // July 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm //

    The oline is the issue. It looks like Revenburg is a rock to build from and a sneaky good draft pick by Austin. But after that it gets sketchy. Swindle is a raw rookie who probably had his eyes opened to the speed of the CFL. I don’t think Bomben has been the player that he was in Montreal. Fulton is an International vet but there are plenty of those guys around (see Swindle) and it is always better to have a National playing that position anyway. And Mike Filer…He seems like a great guy and an excellent community guy…but. Let’s hope they have a better game in Regina because it looks like Gable is taking the fall for them.

    • The Iceman // July 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm //

      Please find me another bet like Fulton and sign him. The Cats desperately can use one. Swindle showed he needs to spend some time on the practice roster BUT for exactly the opposite reason that you mentioned good reliable International O-Lineman are very difficult to find so he will not. Filer is as good as it gets for the centre position in the CFL. Gable had very little opportunity and blocking to make anything happen. Any evaluation of the negative variety matched against Ross S at the RB spot would have had to have come from practice and scrimmage this week and in camp. Walter Payton in his prime would have failed if he was in for CJ week 1.

  15. Glad to see gable out hope scheuerman lights it up. If Zack cant get the offence goin in the 1st quarter i would like to see Masoli In as well .

    • I can’t agree more with this. The dynamic shared between Scheuerman and Masoli is fantastic. Possibly could see some option ball ran with them at helm.

  16. "HAWKS" // July 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm //

    I agree with this move.

    Regardless of what issues the offensive line is having, CJ Gable while still a great pass protector, isn’t the runner he was once was.

    Lets see what Ross can do!

  17. The Iceman // July 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm //

    Zach or bust

  18. Is he a better pass catcher out of the backfield than Gable?

    • Apparently yes. Interested to see what this brings to the game. It HAS to be better than the first one!

  19. Just a point of clarification … does this mean that Gable will not dress? Ross S has impressed but I am a long way from concluding that CJ is washed up. Both are good receivers. If the Collaros can extend some plays with his feet these guys are hard for LB to cover coming out of the backfield. And if Collaros can’t do it … time to give Masoli some reps.

  20. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. I am all for trying to tweak a few area of the game by trying some new things, and I’d much rather do it against Saskatchewan than BC or Calgary.

  21. Chris Robertson // July 7, 2017 at 12:01 am //

    The message is clear and it is a good one, produce or sit on the bench/stay home. We want winner’s and if you’re are not winning, we’ll find someone to do your job. Thank goodness the old angry impatient Austin is back baby!

  22. Why replace Elliott. Just throw him the ball he’ll go up and get it

  23. SuperSeason_88 // July 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm //

    With a healthy Collaros, and a bye week, this game should dictate lots about the post-injured Collaros. Never seem to get a sense of what he can do. The experts picked him to come out of the east. Long season, but he has to shine.

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