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Both the CFL & CFLPA in favour of reducing number of national starters from 7 to 5

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  • Originally posted by brady View Post

    okay but we had an old style blocking TE by the name of Richardson who was more an OL then anything else.
    You obviously don't remember the touchdown catch he made in the '76 Western Final. He was more than just a blocking TE. He caught a lot of balls.

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    • Here are the Riders projected 7 national starters at this time I would assume - Clarke, Labatte, Blake, Edem, Judge/Hurl, Watson and Evans.

      Who goes if they go down to 5?

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      • Originally posted by Fullhouse View Post
        Here are the Riders projected 7 national starters at this time I would assume - Clarke, Labatte, Blake, Edem, Judge/Hurl, Watson and Evans.

        Who goes if they go down to 5?
        Two of the three, Clarke, Edem, Watson. I am leaning towards Edem and Watson.

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        • Originally posted by danno View Post

          True, but 4 of the 5 starters in the secondary were Canadians, only the S was an import as he was usually also a QB.
          Just emphasizes my point that at a time when import roster spots were very limited, teams saw the value in giving three of those spots to offensive linemen.

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          • Originally posted by Tyree View Post

            One would think it would have to. Maybe the two starting positions and two backup spots?
            I dont think you do. it just puts more NI in back up roles and gives you way more freedom to start who you want. Get rid of the 2 designated Imports and it should work well.

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            • Originally posted by Tyree View Post

              You obviously don't remember the touchdown catch he made in the '76 Western Final. He was more than just a blocking TE. He caught a lot of balls.
              That was a beauty of a catch. In my memory, he sticks out his big right paw and catches it sort of backhanded, in-stride and rumbles into the end zone.

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              • Originally posted by Slowhand View Post

                Just emphasizes my point that at a time when import roster spots were very limited, teams saw the value in giving three of those spots to offensive linemen.
                No argument

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                • Unless they change the 21 NI rule on the 44 game roster (which i think the should keep) all this does is move money around and gives more freedom to start who you want. it is a great idea IMO.

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                  • Originally posted by Tyree View Post

                    Two of the three, Clarke, Edem, Watson. I am leaning towards Edem and Watson.
                    Would drop Clarke and Watson. Clarke I am not sure he can do his job. Edem impressed me . Watson is slowing up and is injury prone.

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                    • Originally posted by Slowhand View Post

                      That was a beauty of a catch. In my memory, he sticks out his big right paw and catches it sort of backhanded, in-stride and rumbles into the end zone.
                      After 3 years of losing to the Schmoes in the playoffs, we finally got past that hurdle!

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                      • Originally posted by Slowhand View Post

                        That was a beauty of a catch. In my memory, he sticks out his big right paw and catches it sort of backhanded, in-stride and rumbles into the end zone.
                        I agree but TEs were a big part of the game then and they were clearly part of the OL blocking schemes in those days.

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                        • Originally posted by Slowhand View Post

                          Just emphasizes my point that at a time when import roster spots were very limited, teams saw the value in giving three of those spots to offensive linemen.
                          And the Als of around 2008 - 2014 went with an all Canadian O-line - and played in a number of GCs and the East Final every season.

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                          • Originally posted by Slowhand View Post

                            Just emphasizes my point that at a time when import roster spots were very limited, teams saw the value in giving three of those spots to offensive linemen.
                            I guess we didnít have very good imports last year then because our line looked a whole lot better with three Nationals starting.

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                            • Originally posted by brady View Post

                              Would drop Clarke and Watson. Clarke I am not sure he can do his job. Edem impressed me . Watson is slowing up and is injury prone.
                              I agree with Clarke and Watson. They do need depth behind Edem though, they could use an American as his back up with roster shuffling.

                              Also, Blake comes with a big price tag I think, so he may be another candidate.

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                              • Originally posted by CC Ryder View Post

                                And the Als of around 2008 - 2014 went with an all Canadian O-line - and played in a number of GCs and the East Final every season.
                                And full props to them. But itís pretty difficult for every team to do that every year and still have success.

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