Just a couple of notes from practice today and then we’ll get to my updated depth chart.
• Running back C.J. Gable left practice on Friday with an upper body injury and while head coach Kent Austin doesn’t believe the injury is serious, it’s unlikely that Gable will play in Monday’s home exhibition game.
• with fellow running back Mossis Madu having missed the last three days with a lower body injury, Nic Grigsby and rookie Ray Holley will get the majority of the playing time against Ottawa.
• sounds like Gable will be just one of several Ticat regulars who will miss Monday’s game as Austin and his staff try and get a look at some of the new players in camp.
“We’ve got a plan to evaluate the guys, to see how hard they play, to see how many missed assignments they may or may not have, to evaluate how they may fit in the overall puzzle,” Austin said. “That’s what the first game is for.”
• the football at Sunday’s open house at Tim Hortons Field will be a walk through, not a scrimmage or even a full-fledged practice. That’s due to the fact that the first exhibition game is the next day.
Ok, onto the depth chart.
This is the depth chart as I see it after one week of practice. It takes into consideration seven Canadian starters (as of now that’s Dyakowski, Filer, Bomben, Fantuz, Laurent, Stephen, Butler) and injuries but it isn’t intended as a game day roster (too many guys) or even a representation as to what I expect to happen on Monday (when a bunch of regulars will sit and the ratio doesn’t apply.) It’s based on what I saw at practice this week.
Things to take note of:
• Emanuel Davis took a lot of first team reps at the boundary corner with Ed Gainey at the boundary half.
• Terence Tolliver and Tiquan Underwood have really impressed at the receiver spot and Bakari Grant is having a good camp (and playing more slot.)
• Joel Figueroa and Jake Olson have a slight advantage at the tackle spots but veteran Brian Simmons is right there, too (I expect all three to make the team.)
• the back up quarterback job is still completely up for grabs.