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Let’s get things started on the Playbook by going over some of the best skill position players to take their talents up north to the CFL.
QB, Edmonton Eskimos
The Central Washington grad was signed by the Steelers in 2009 and bounced around the NFL for two years with four teams before heading to the CFL. Reilly is coming off a 2015 Grey Cup title in which he was the game MVP, tossing two touchdowns and throwing for 269 yards.
Bo Levi Mitchell
QB, Calgary Stampeders
Mitchell played college ball at SMU before transferring to Eastern Washington, and went straight to the Stampeders. Once he became the starter in 2014, BLM went 12-1 and led his squad to a Grey Cup championship, earning MVP honors. Although he couldn’t carry his team to a repeat, Mitchell tossed career highs in yards (4,551) and touchdowns (26) in 2015.
WR, Edmonton Eskimos
Bowman was one of the stars during his time at Oklahoma State, at one time being regarded as a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. Injuries derailed that theory, though, and Bowman has been bouncing around the CFL ever since. Adarius led the league in receiving yards in 2014 with 1,456 and followed it up in 2015 with another 1,304.
QB, Toronto Argonauts
The 36-year old has bounced around from the AFL to the CFL, spent time with the Jets and then back to the CFL again. Ray now finds himself in Toronto where he won the 100th Grey Cup. Ray was injured for most of the 2015 season, but has one of the best careers of all-time at QB over the course of his CFL career
WR, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Owens was actually drafted by the Jaguars in the sixth-round of the 2005 NFL Draft and cut after muffing three punts in his NFL debut. After being re-signed on a couple occasions by JAX, Owens left for the CFL where he’s been a dominant force as a receiver and return man.
WR, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Banks enjoyed a few seasons with the Redskins where he returned kicks and was also worked into the pass-catching game. Now Banks works alongside Owens as another return man/speedy receiver. Banks is considered one of the most deadly kick returners in the CFL, who also has the ability to haul in the long ball.
QB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
After a very brief stint with the Tampa Bay Bucs after his time at Cincinnati, Collaros signed with Toronto, but was a backup. In 2014 he became the starter for Hamilton and has been a major force. He tore his ACL at the end of last season and will likely miss the start of 2016, but once Collaros is healthy he’ll take back his starting role and look to continue the success he’s had with Hamilton.
RB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Harris has been one of the best dual threat backs in the CFL with the BC Lions since coming into the CFL in 2011. Fresh off a season with 1000+ rushing yards and 500+ receiving yards in 2015, Harris signed with his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers for 2016 — his fist season away from the Lions.
WR, Montreal Alouettes
Excluding a brief five month stint with the Jets in 2010, Green has been with Montreal since 2007. Green won back-to-back Grey Cups back in 2009 and 2010 and has been a CFL East All-Star in five consecutive seasons.
WR, Ottawa Redblacks
Williams has been ALL over the place since failing to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. Williams was with the Dolphins and Browns before spending three seasons with the Tiger-Cats in the CFL. After a falling out, Williams went back to the NFL with the Saints, and actually saw time on the field with the Bears — returning a kickoff for a 101 yard TD. In 2015 he returned to the CFL with the Redblacks, and racked up 1,214 yards with five touchdowns.
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