The Combine Report: CFL 2018 Season – 24 RC Pioneers Will Be Chasing The Grey Cup For Championship Glory

The Canadian Football League (CFL) is ready for its 2018 campaign, and the Toronto Argonauts are looking to defend their Grey Cup title. Four players from the NFL Regional Combine (RC) will assist the Argonauts in their quest for a 17th championship.

Argonauts offensive lineman Sean McEwen won the Most Outstanding Canadian Award last season. The CFL Eastern All-Star participated in the 2016 NFL RC before joining the CFL. He signed an extension through 2019 last year.

Defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh joined the Argonauts last August and finished with nine tackles, including three sacks, while quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson dressed for six games and played in two of those contests.

Mar. 25, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Running back Stanley Williams at the NFL Pro Player Combine. (Photo by: John Moore/Locker-Report.com)

 

Wide receiver Brian Tyms was a member of the Argonauts’ practice squad last season and is on their practice squad at the start of this season. He is the only player from the NFL RC to have both Super Bowl (New England Patriots, 2014) and Grey Cup championship rings.

Running back Stanley ‘Boom’ Williams participated in the 2018 NFL Pro Player Combine and made the Argonauts’ active roster.

However, along with these four NFL RC champions, 24 other NFL RC pioneers are on CFL teams looking to be the Grey Cup’s 106th champion.

 

                                    CALGARY STAMPEDERS

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The Stampeders challenged the Argonauts for the Grey Cup last season. Among the competitors were NFL RC linebacker Jameer Thurman and fullback Ante Milanovic-Litre.

Thurman had a stellar rookie season last year as he amassed 65 tackles, including 13 on special teams and a sack, and two interceptions.

Milanovic-Litre was able to shine for one contest last season against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week Four when he carried the ball eight times for 26 yards, averaging 3.25 yards per carry. In that same outing, the Simon Fraser standout recorded his first CFL career touchdown.

 

                               WINNIPEG BLUEBOMBERS

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The Bluebombers and Argonauts share the same number of RC players on their rosters at five, the most in the CFL.

Five-year veteran linebacker Ian Wild is the elder statesman of the group. After excelling in his NFL RC trial in 2013, Wild has been solid in the CFL with 281 career tackles, including eight sacks and eight forced fumbles, an interception and two touchdowns.

Defensive end Trent Corney is becoming a staple for the Bluebombers as he enters his third season in Winnipeg. Last season, Corney, who participated in the Houston-held RC in 2016, recorded 17 tackles, including two sacks.

Defensive tackle Brandin Bryant, cornerback Marcus Sayles and linebacker Shayne Gauthier look to be as productive as Wild and Corney.

 

                                             B.C. LIONS

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Offensive lineman David Foucault had nine starts for the Lions, while wide receiver Danny Vandervoort caught a pass for 25 yards last season. Defensive tackle Davon Coleman wreaked havoc in his first season with the CFL after a stint with the Dallas Cowboys. Coleman’s debut was capped with 41 tackles, including five sacks, and a lot of pressure.

 

                                  HAMILTON TIGHT-CATS

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Julian Howsare and quarterback Dane Evans bring their NFL experience to the Ticats and are looking to make an impact. Wide receiver Demarr Aultman returns in hopes to contribute a little more this season. Last year, he finished with seven catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

 

                                     EDMONTON ESKIMOS

Quarterback Zach Kline is seen during Edmonton Eskimos training camp at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia

 

In 14 games last season as a member of the Redblacks, defensive end Jake Ceresna racked up 18 tackles, including two sacks.  Quarterback Zach Kline, linebacker Terrance Bullitt and defensive back Mercy Maston return to the club.

 

                             SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

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The Roughriders welcome back two CFL Western All-Stars, receiving threats Duron Carter and Naaman Roosevelt.

Carter probably had his best season last year as he hauled in 73 passes for 1,043 yards and eight touchdowns. Roosevelt continues to excel as one of the best in the league. He capped the 2017 season with 75 receptions for 1,035 yards and eight touchdowns. These NFL RC pioneers are showing no signs of slowing down.

Offensive lineman Terran Vaughn gets to exhibit his abilities in the CFL, and defensive back Reggie Hall is the only player from the 2018 NFL RC to sign with a CFL club.

 

                                     MONTREAL ALOUETTES

Mar. 25, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Running back William Stanback running a drill at the NFL Pro Player Combine. (Photo by: John Moore/Locker-Report.com)

 

Running back William Stanback joins the Allouettes after being with the Green Bay Packers last season.

 

                                      OTTAWA REDBLACKS

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After a long journey, quarterback Will Arndt finally gets his shot at playing professional football.

Stay tuned to find out which NFL Regional Combine talents get the opportunity to become Grey Cup champions.

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