Forde: Argonauts Canadian Content Breakdown

Duane Forde
6/22/2011 10:27:42 AM
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Top Canadians: The Argos need defensive end Ricky Foley to shake off last year's groin injury and regain the form that made him the league's Top Canadian in 2009. Meanwhile, linebacker Kevin Eiben remains one of the CFL's leading tacklers, but the club's newfound ratio flexibility means that imports may challenge him for playing time this season.

Breakout Canadians: The Boatmen hope that wideout Spencer Watt's performance (6 receptions, 140 yards, 2 touchdowns) in the season finale is a sign of things to come. Right tackle Chris Van Zeyl was another of the Double Blue's pleasant surprises a year ago.

Other Potential Canadian Starters: SB Andre Durie, OG Cedric Gagné-Marcoux, OC Dominic Picard, OG Taylor Robertson, LB Jay Pottinger, WR Mike Bradwell

Canadians To Watch: Like Eiben, middle linebacker Pottinger will be in a dogfight with a hungry pack of Americans to keep his job while 2010 first rounder Joe Eppele is expected to challenge veteran Taylor Robertson at guard.

Top Canadian Rookies:Toronto continues to build non-import depth at receiver, as hard working Djems Kouamé and speedy Jedd Gardner join the mix this season. With the retirement of defensive tackle Adriano Belli, draft choices Gregory Alexandre and Zander Robinson have an opportunity to crack the lineup as backup D-Linemen.

In The Pipeline: In addition to established NFLers OT Nick Kaczur and LB Cory Greenwood, the Argonauts hope that a pair of highly regarded offensive tackles, 2011 first-round pick Tyler Holmes and 2010 fourth-rounder Joel Reinders, will find their way to Toronto sooner than later. As long as they don't all follow the lead of 2006 Argo picks Dan Federkeil and Clifton Dawson, who both retired after brief NFL careers, the Boatmen should be okay.

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