The new Ticats projected depth chart (and what it means)

So with the trade of defensive back Abdul Kanneh and the final roster cuts, it should be theoretically possible to construct a depth chart for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, here goes…

Some thoughts…

1. There are still a whopping 55 names on the active roster which means nine players will have to be put on the injured list or otherwise be dealt with. That seems like a lot.

2. I’ve listed Wilkerson over Toliver at receiver only because Terrence has yet to play in a pre-season or do much by the way of team work in practice. But if he’s healthy, he likely starts. Either way, I like the Ticats receiving corps, though the injury to Shamawd Chambers and the release of Jacob Scarfone mean playing two Canadians is out of the question. If Rob Bagg, recently released from the Riders and Kingston native, is interested in still playing…

3. The Ticats held on to their entire stockpile of nine Canadian offensive linemen even though I think they’ll only start three. Two more will be reserves and the rest will be stashed away in Eric Tillman’s closet.

4. The Ticats defensive line looks pretty good, though Justin Vaughn getting hurt against Montreal exposes a weak spot in terms of Canadian depth: not much behind Ted Laurent if he gets injured as well. Draft pick Brett Wade is on the practice roster but can’t be counted on to be a contributor this early in his career.

5. It could be either Mariel Cooper or Don Unamba at the SAM, if they are healthy, or it could be Randall Evans if they aren’t. SAM was a question mark coming into camp and it’s still a question mark going into week one.

6. The departure of Kanneh muddies the secondary a little as he was a projected starter up until very recently. Courtney Stephen will be the safety and Richard Leonard will be the field halfback and the rest is just educated guesswork. Or just guesswork.

7. Jason Neill could be the starting American defensive tackle after his big boy performance against Montreal but Bobby Richardson could be the guy. Consider that a question mark as well but with two good answers.

8. The Ticats still have some ratio flexibility but the injuries to Chambers and, maybe, Vaughn hurt. Hamilton could still start a Canadian at running back – the Mercer Timmis stiff-arm was my favourite play of the pre-season – and could roll the dice with four nationals on the offensive line. Nick Shortill or Terrell Davis could probably start at linebacker but taking Simoni Lawrence or Larry Dean off the field is a high price to pay.

9. Quarterback Vernon Adams is still on the roster. Head coach June Jones said on Saturday that Adams’ agent was still trying to work out a deal for him and the Ticats are likely trying to get something for him…

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

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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40 Comments on The new Ticats projected depth chart (and what it means)

  1. Rob Bagg would be a nice addition if he still wants to play. Anthony Parker would also be a nice choice.

    • Purrfect // June 10, 2018 at 6:53 pm //

      Or the release of Kanneh could (hopefully) free up some cash to sign Chapman.

      • But Chapman may not be a starter, no one has seen him play. He may not make the team.
        Two 2017 first round draft picks have just been released and Hec Creighton winner Ed Ilnicki just released in Ottawa.
        Go with proven players even though they didn’t have too many catches between them.

    • Clemons // June 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm //

      Mark Chapman would be better

      • No he wouldn’t, he missed training camp so we don’t know if he would even make the team.
        If the guy was a proven CFL receiver and there was contract issues, yes pay him the money but he hasn’t proven a thing yet.
        It’s been a few years since a top draft pick has become a starter in their first year.

    • Too old and not really productive anymore

  2. Nice job Drew. That lineup looks pretty good to me.
    The fact that the cats are letting go of some pretty good players means that the scouting dept. is doing their job.
    I can remember when the cats were bringing in other teams rejects, now other teams are grabbing cat players.
    The special team players impressed me vs the als. Good young canucks.
    oskie wee wee.

  3. MR. Green // June 10, 2018 at 7:32 pm //

    Tillman has always been solid aquiring Canadian talent. Looks and sounds like a solid team.

    • I think you should have a look back at his record. I realize that at the time people like Darrell Davis were writing articles saying things like that, but that was because Tillman was drafting a bunch of Regina area players that the old boys were telling him to draft. But have a look at the record and see how that turned out. 2007-2009 were Tillman’s years.

  4. bigplay // June 10, 2018 at 7:37 pm //

    iggy// Your statement about bringing in other teams rejects is such a Fallacy,Examples the Argo bringing in Cassius Vaughn last year pretty sure he made a pretty big play in the Cup or how about the Cats cutting Marquay McDaniel pretty sure he won a Cup and was it not against your Cats or how about a older example was in not the Cats that picked up a so called reject in Paul Bennett pretty sure he help the Cats win the 86 Cup and oh the most famous reject of all time some guy named Calvillo pretty sure he won three Grey Cups that’s the same number of Cups the Cats have won since 1972 the same year that Calvillo that so called Cat reject was born in, so get your Head out or Ass good teams are or should be scouring over other Teams cuts and seeing if any of them can help their Team!

  5. drambuie // June 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm //

    Your projected defensive depth chart has two CFL rookies at corner, and Brooks (who was average at best last year) at half back. That scares me.

  6. Banks certainly works well as a receiver, why not rebrand or be creative and train Timmis to be the national receiver – he’s tall and has good hands.

    • Why would you train a RB to become a WR? Has Timmis shown that he can catch a ball.
      What about Scot Macdonell just released in Edmonton.

      • Why? To put a talented player on the field on passing downs.

        It’s been done before by teams, a number of times: Argos have recently done it with Coombs to good effect, and before that with Andre Durie; the Ticats did it with Lee Knight way back when. Sean T-E was given practice time at slot during camp.

  7. Thanks Drew for the information in a timely fashion.

  8. canadianfootballfan // June 10, 2018 at 8:04 pm //

    Ciraco started an entire preseason game at C, and you have him as the 4th RG? Makes no sense.

  9. I doubt Everton Williams is going to be backing up Filer at centre. More likely Girard and Ciraco.

    Whitlock, despite showing better hands in Montreal, should be primarily defense. I don’t see him getting more than spot duty on O.

    Totally agree that the Cats could start Timmis if the ratio demands it, with Thomas-Erlington showing well enough to back-up there.

  10. TicatTO // June 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm //

    Secondary a real question mark.
    The lack of experience is a concern especially with the first third of the schedule.

  11. well johnny football, prepare to get clued in to real cfl football when you visit calgary and edmonton in the next 2 weeks.their defenses are going to eat you up,thats if you even get tp play.good luck, you,re going to need it.

    • canadianfootballfan // June 10, 2018 at 9:08 pm //

      He won’t be playing you dolt.

    • wild willy is a dolt // June 10, 2018 at 10:18 pm //

      Yup…definite dolt material..

    • SeaFiddle // June 10, 2018 at 11:11 pm //

      Yeah…. the Canadian defenses aren’t a worry to JF…. He already played against much better in the NFL…. and they also targeted him…. He’s going to be number two so who knows when he will get in…. Maybe sooner than later if you look at the TiCats schedule… it could be brutal the first 3 games at least.

      • canadianfootballfan // June 11, 2018 at 12:34 am //

        If the NFL is so “much better” as you claim, then go follow it you senseless douche. Stop being an ugly American.

  12. Ron Tuthill // June 10, 2018 at 9:25 pm //

    Bigplay, Calvillo wasn’t rejected. He was asked if he would back up Danny McManus and the couple of years he was in Hamilton the offensive line was weak but he decided to join Montreal in free agency.You could of course added a better example in Charlton Hughes who came to Hamilton’s training camp and was cut and then signed with Calgary and as they say the rest is history.

    • I don’t recall Hughes ever being associated with the Ticats before briefly being on the team this past offseason mid-trades.

    • Chris Jones mentioned cutting Hughes in Calgary and then bringing him back after someone else got injured.

  13. I would’ve felt better if Coleman was still here on that D-line

  14. Seafiddle, canadianfootball fan call you a douche and ugly american!
    What a sad little canadian, so polite!
    The bulk of the CFL is compromised of american players.
    If this is the hill you want to die on attacking (JFF SUPPORTERS) by all meaans proceed.
    Trump layed the wood over the weekend and this over the top Anti-JFF IS A HUGE TURNOFF to the brand!

    Good luck

    • canadianfootballfan // June 11, 2018 at 1:41 am //

      There is this thing in English called sentence structure. Try it out sometime. Yet another product of the American education system.

      I’m not calling all Americans ugly you illiterate fool. I’m calling the ones who come to CFL sites and say the NFL is better are ugly Americans.

      Do you not know what that term means? It means you’re being the stereotypical form of an American – arrogant and obnoxious – rather than just being a decent human being and respecting our league and fans.

  15. I will let your last post speak for you. Peace to you and your family, good night.

  16. Philski // June 11, 2018 at 5:28 am //

    Where’s Aultman?

  17. Aultman is on the practice roster

  18. gocatsgo // June 11, 2018 at 7:18 am //

    Guess with the switch to June Jones system the old fullback position with the Tigercats is a thing of the past… perhaps this is the reason for keeping Whitlock on offence as he brings the blocking that a fullback needs to provide along with the ability to run the ball when he is on the field… Please don’t remind me about fumbles in game 1 of the exhibition season… if we judged players one game it would be pretty sad lol…

  19. bigplay // June 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm //

    Ron Tuthill// you are not correct Ron Lancaster cut Calvillo and brought Cody Ledbetter McManus’s back up in Edmonton to be the Back up anyways my best example was Cassius Vaughn the Cats cut him after mini camp goes to the Argos plays all season and then is part of the biggest play in the Cup just because a player is cut from a team does not make him a reject look at some of the players the patriots bring in from other teams.

    • Mikefrmthhammer // June 11, 2018 at 5:19 pm //

      Vaughan = right place, right time. He saw a fumbled football on the ground in front of him with nothing between him and the goal line. ANY DB could have (would have) made that play. Heck, even Crazy Legs McManus would have had a chance. 😉

  20. I don’t see Chapman’s name on the depth chart….lol.

  21. Vernon Adams is out running with the receivers. I wonder if they are going to convert him to a receiver?

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