Ticats lose some Canadian depth before match up with Bombers

The storyline: This is a matchup of two teams looking to find some consistency and break out of the CFL’s mushy middle. The Bombers have won two straight after taking both ends of a home-and-home series against Toronto but also have a loss to the struggling B.C. Lions on their resume. The Ticats are coming off a 50-11 demolition of the Montreal Alouettes, their first victory after three straight losses. Hamilton won a Week 3 game against Winnipeg at Tim Hortons Field but the Bombers were without starting quarterback Matt Nichols who is back in action.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-4) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-3)
Investors Group Field
Fri., Aug. 10, 8:30 p.m.
TV: TSN Radio: TSN 1150

Key roster notes for Hamilton: the biggest question surrounds the status of boundary corner Delvin Breaux, who was injured in practice this week after colliding with a teammate. With a sore neck and concussion symptoms, Breaux is a game-time decision. If Breaux is unavailable, look for Mariel Cooper or John Green to get the start. The Ticats also lost three key Canadian contributors in the win over Montreal last week and Justin Vaughn, Nick Shortill and Connor McGough are all off the roster, replaced by rookies Nick Parisotto and Brett Wade. Reserve defensive back and return man Frankie Williams is also down so look for Chris Williams to handle the punt return duties with support from Brandon Banks – not a bad back up plan, given that both are former winners of the league’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award.

Key roster notes for Winnipeg: While he’s still on the roster, SAM linebacker Moe Leggett is a game-time decision though the return of Chandler Fenner, a key free agent pick up in the off-season, will backfill that spot nicely if need be. Shayne Gauther, who is tied for the lead in special teams tackles, also returns. Former Ticat Frederic Plesius, signed late by Winnipeg late last month, is on the six-game injured list.

Nifty numbers worth knowing
28: points the Ticats led by last week in Montreal, tied for the largest advantage for a road team in the CFL history. It was also tied for the largest lead after one quarter.
100: yards receiving for Ticat Brandon Banks in five of his last six games.
44: percentage of first down conversions for Hamilton when faced with second and more than seven yards, the highest rate in the CFL.
304: receiving yards for Hamilton’s Jalen Saunders in his last two games (154, 150.)
60.9: completion percentage for Ticat opponents this year, the lowest mark in the league. They’ve also allowed a league-low 123 completions.
13.4: average yards per pass attempt for Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, the highest mark in the CFL. He also leads in attempts of over 20 yards with 53.
8.0: yards per carry for Masoli, tops in the CFL. He is the team’s leading rusher with 207 yards, good enough for 10th in the CFL.
1: wins needed by Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea to reach the .500 mark for his career (he’s currently 39-40.)
.684: winning percentage for the Bombers (and O’Shea) since naming Matt Nichols the starting quarterback on July 28, 2016.
417: penalty yards for the Bombers so far this season, the lowest mark in the CFL.

Weather: Clear, 32 degrees, winds out of the northwest at 15 km/h.

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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14 Comments on Ticats lose some Canadian depth before match up with Bombers

  1. If 28 points was the largest lead for a road team in CFL history, didn’t the Cats beat that when they were up 47-3 in the fourth quarter?

    • Robert Rutkowski // August 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm //

      In 1st quarter. Read it

      • Re-read. It’s not clear what “tied for the largest advantage for a road team in the CFL history” means… first quarter? first half maybe?

        Drew’s second sentence is the clear one.

  2. The injuries are inevitable and I thought the Ticats had escaped quite well compared with other years especially in the Austin era where players seemed to drop like flies with no particular reason and very vague descriptions of the injury.

  3. Edward Leslie // August 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm //

    How come injury lists are so long in the CFL?
    I figured that Randy Ambrosie’s decision to getvrid of padded practices and add another bye week would help, but it doesn’t seem to have.
    In the 1970s many players on each team played ALL the games.
    In the 2010s, the players are injury prone. Is this because they are soft or is it due to the training nowadays?
    These are questions that need to be asked so they can get some answer to this problem.

    • Noticed the same thing . Gotta wonder !

    • Less care in that era? Less knowledge of the full consequences of an injury (concussions especially… “just give him the smelling salts” was probably the go-to response when a guy got his “bell rung”).

      Probably also players of the day playing through things that team medics know better than to let them play through today. And players not even reporting those bang-ups.

      • Absolutely – in those days, concussions were known as “having his bell rung” and they would sit out a few plays and be right back in there.

  4. Players “soft today ” is humorous Edward and ETG.

  5. STRANGE DAYS when the Cats have all these super weapons : Masoli, Banks, Saunders, Laurent and Breaux; yet, we have not managed more wins.Just look at the facts Drew has listed and the mystery runs deep.

  6. Often, roster moves are not really just injuries… rather business decisions by management.

  7. if Breaux has concussion symptoms let him rest still lots of football to be played.

  8. Tiger-Cats vs Blue Bombers is going to be crazy.

  9. Ron Tuthill // August 10, 2018 at 12:04 am //

    I don’t think that todays players are soft .Quite the opposite as I think many players train all the time and all year round to stay in shape. This means that they are always on the knife edge as they are toned so much that it is easy to pull a hamstring or pull a groin. In years gone by players would get their bell rung and suffer a concussion and play through it but today we know the lingering effects of concussions and players are put on the DL. The next time you watch a game look at the arms and legs of today’s receivers, linebackers and defensive backs and you will see the skin stretched over their long lean muscles and see how easy it could be to strain a ligament or pull a muscle. In the ’50’s and ’60’s players didn’t work out in the off season and used training camp to get in shape but today staying in shape is an all year job.

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