Friday, 4 April 2014

Potential Alouettes 2014 starting lineup for week one

With about two months until training camp for the Montreal Alouettes, it is not too early to start projecting what their starting lineup could be when they begin the season in Calgary on June 28th.


QB: Troy Smith: Going into camp, Smith will be given the first shot to convince the coaching staff he is the man to replace retired Anthony Calvillo. However, it shouldn't surprise anyone if the Alouettes take a long look at Ottawa REDBLACKS pivot Kevin Glenn as an insurance policy.

RB: Brandon Whitaker: This is a big year for him, as the last two years were marred by injuries. Could "2-Way" rekindle the form he had in 2011 in being one of the dangerous players on the field? If not, Tyrell Sutton will be hot for the starting position.

WR: S.J. Green: Without question, the most dangerous receiver on the roster.

WR: Duron Carter: Comes from a strong family tree, he showed why he will be on a NFL roster in 2015. He has plenty of room to grow in honing his skills before he jumps to the next level.

WR: Jamel Richardson: "Optimus Prime" has looked crisp in his videos he's posted up on social media in rehabbing his 2013 season ending injury. Team him with Carter and Green it is a nightmare for the opposition.

WR: Brandon London: For now, he gets the last spot. 2013 was a tough year, but head coach Tom Higgins loves big receivers which could bode well for London.

OT: Josh Bourke: Alouettes re-signed one of their cornerstones. It’s very rare to find a non-import who 
can dominate the most important position on the field.

OG: Scott Flory: With Flory being named CFLPA president, the transition has already started with him to ride off in the sunset. Keep an eye at this position if he stays or goes. See Ryan Bomben as potential replacement.

C: Luc Brodeur-Jourdain: Continues to be the central rock of the offensive line.

OG: Kristian Matte: Could this be the year where he becomes a mainstay on the Alouettes offensive line? He will face a lot of competition.

OT: Jeff Perrett: Continues to be the good soldier, this could be the year where he will be a mainstay starter.

Non-Import player rotation: Dave Stala: Second go around with the Alouettes. Was he brought in to give incumbent Eric Deslauriers competition?


DE: John Bownman: Unquestionably the leader of the defense, he is in the prime of his career, hoping to keep the Alouettes defense a force.

DT: Scooter Berry: Coming off a season ending knee injury, he was a force inside.

DT: Alan-Michael Cash: A strong season, continues to get better each day.

DE: Aaron Lavarias: The Alouettes’ hardest worker who has constantly harassed the opposing quarterback. Going into year two should make him more refined.

LB: Chip Cox: The CFL defensive player of the year in 2013.  At age 31, in the prime of his career he could put up stronger numbers in his second year under Noel Thorpe's system.

LB: Kyries Hebert: He had a strong 2013 season. He will turn 34 during the season; could he still continue to dominate?

LB: Marco Brouillette: With Shea Emry now in Toronto, it’s time for Brouillette to take over a position he has been groomed for.

CB: Geoff Tisdale: A solid signing by Jim Popp in 2013, he will man this position in 2014.

HB: Billy Parker: At 33, Parker has defied father time, and continues to be a force playing a tough position.

S: Mike Edem: Naturally gifted, Edem enters his second season where Thorpe could ask more from him. Physically gifted, once he masters the mental game, he should be fine.   

HB: Jerald Brown: See Billy Parker assessment.  Brown continues to defy the odds by being a mainstay in the Alouettes secondary.

CB: Ed Gainey: Showed why he is one of the underrated players on this squad. His versatility makes him appealing.

In-play rotation: The Alouettes have gone retro with their signings, keep an eye on Jermaine McElveen, a big body who adds depth to the defensive line.

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