Insider Talk: quarterback predictions, Hamilton’s receivers, Winnipeg’s kicking game

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Insider Talk is a weekly feature on 3DownNation that includes anonymous quotes from people around the CFL — players, coaches, personnel people, executives, agents, etc. — regarding the latest news around the league. It’s a combination of insight, analysis, rumours, and friendly gossip.

This week’s Insider Talk is full of discussion regarding the future of Calgarys quarterback situation, Winnipeg’s kicking game, Jamal Campbell sitting on the Riders’ one-game injured list, Saskatchewan’s defensive line continuing to dominate, and more.

Enjoy this week’s quotes and come back next week for another edition of Insider Talk.

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Here’s my prediction: (Calgary Stampeders’ quarterbacks) Jake Maier and Bo Levi Mitchell are both still going to be in Alberta next year but they’re not going to be on the same team.

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Winnipeg is too good of a team to have U Sports-level kicking. If (Marc) Liegghio is going to fill all three roles (field goals, punts, and kickoffs), he needs help. They need to bring someone in to work with him.

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I don’t think he can play centre but something has to give with (Canadian offensive lineman) Jamal Campbell (in Saskatchewan). He’s making too much money to sit on the one-game injured list all year. I assumed he’d be their starter at right tackle but obviously he got beat out (by veteran American Na’Ty Rodgers).

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Hamilton’s receiving corps doesn’t get enough credit. That unit is as good as any in the league. They’re fast and they’re physical. (Steven) Dunbar (Jr.) is going to finish top-five in receiving this year — I’m almost sure of it.

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Did you see the government is ending the vaccine requirement for air travel? I bet there are a few players out there who wish it had happened sooner so they didn’t have to shell out for bogus documents before training camp started. They were probably pretty expensive.

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I was surprised Saskatchewan didn’t address the defensive line in free agency after they lost (Jonathan) Woodard and Micah (Johnson). Not anymore. That unit is still as good as ever. Damn, they play fast.

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I hate to say it because I respect a lot of the players you guys have up there in Canada but some of those offensive linemen are terrible. They couldn’t start for some of the small school programs we have down here (in the U.S.).

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Edmonton traded away the first overall pick in this year’s draft. I wonder if they’ll trade next year’s first overall pick away, too.