Thursday, 16 February 2012
Alouettes Sign Rod Davis
I guess Jim Popp didn’t get the memo from the CFL office that free agency started on Wednesday at noon instead of midnight.
But management have scooped up their first free agent in signing linebacker Rod Davis from the Edmonton Eskimos.
First reaction, the Alouettes have added more depth to their linebacker position. Clearly, they were exposed in the second level of their defense when the likes of Shea Emry and Ramon Guzman were derailed by injuries in 2011.
Things did not get any better when Guzman’s injury really hurt the team’s playoff chances when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats running game exposed his replacement Bear Woods.
This is a depth move by Popp to address this position group. He must have figured to play it safe given that any moment the team could be hit by the injury bug.
Davis had his best season last year where he finished seventh in league tackles with 79, and had five quarterback sacks. In-fact, he would have led the Alouettes in the tackles category as Chip Cox finished with 78.
As some fans have pointed out with the Davis signing, there’s abundance of players at the linebacker position. As I stated before, this will bring some great competition in training camp.
But could this mean the team might carry all these linebackers on the roster? Potentially, but just like last year when the team was loaded at the receiver position. They conceivably could consummate an in-season trade to address another position of need.
But come early June, Emry, Guzman, Chip Cox, and Diamond Ferri should be prepared to fight for their position.
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