Introducing the 3Down Top 3 Canucks of the Week

Before the 2016 season, the CFL changed its players-of-week format to eliminate specific offensive, defensive and Canadian players, choosing instead to name three players regardless of position or nationality.

We here at 3DownNation think that was a mistake.

To rectify it, we’ll be naming our Top 3 Canucks of the Week, highlighting the play of the top Canadian players. Given that the CFL has already named their top performers – with nary a national among them – let’s show some appreciation for our home-grown talent.

1. Cleyon Laing, defensive tackle, Toronto Argonauts

A late signing by the Double Blue, Laing paid immediate dividends in Toronto’s 32-15 dismantling of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday. His stat line: three defensive tackles, two sacks, two pressures, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery.

Edmonton Eskimos’ Adam Konar, left, sacks B.C. Lions’ quarterback Jonathon Jennings during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, June 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

2. Adam Konar, linebacker, Edmonton Eskimos

After the devastating ACL injury suffered by free agent pick up Cory Greenwood, there were questions about who would fill that weak-side linebacker spot (and whether Edmonton could do it with another Canadian.) Limited to just 11 games his first two seasons, Konar had a breakout performance is the Eskimos’ last-second win over B.C., registering seven defensive tackle, two special teams takedowns, a sack and a knockdown.

3. Nic Demski, receiver, Saskatchewan Roughriders

Demski had seven catches on seven targets in the Riders week one loss to the Alouettes, racking up 87 receiving yards while adding 13 more on a punt return. This could be a breakout year for the third-year man, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2017 CFL Draft.

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