Friday, June 8, 2012

Mallett Achilles Tear, Here's Hoping for Running Back Fungibility

So new running back Martell Mallett is gone for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Not great news. I'm not even sure who else is in camp as backup import running backs, but I'm sure we will find out. I'm guessing Avon Cobourne won't be getting a call.

A common trope on Tigercatatonia is the fungibility of import running backs in the CFL. There's a massive supply of good running backs coming from the US college system, so the talent level of the next guy in line isn't much. Usually what makes a great running back in the CFL is his receiving ability coming out of the backfield and that's where rookies are usually weakest. Fortunately the Cats have a good crop of receivers to take pressure off whoever steps into Mallett's shoes. So we'll see what happens.

Mallett being gone for the season means his salary won't apply against the cap (although it still gets paid) so the Cats could bring in a relatively big name, assuming that Mallett was getting paid a decent salary. Fred Reid?

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