Since I'm a Hamilton fan, I'll volunteer two Alouette tackles, Jeff Bourke 6' 7" 315 and Jeff Parrett 6' 7" 320. Most O-linemen in the CFL are Canadians, as are these two, so they tend to fly under NFL scouting radar. They won't be forgotten by Trestman.
One thing you get with CFL linemen is tremendous cardio for big men. With the big field, they have to cover a lot of ground, plus many of the starters have to play STs as well, thanks to small CFL rosters. Then there's the 20 second clock leaving little recovery time. These big boys can run all game long.
That's really interesting. I never thought about looking North to find a LT.
The other thing with Trestman is that he will understand the time it takes to adjust to switching leagues. It doesn't matter whether the player is going CFL>NFL or NFL>CFL, it takes time to learn the differences and the nuances of the new league. That process usually takes more than just a training camp to sort out. Trestman understands that as he lived it himself. He admitted that he found clock management in the CFL to be tough. He won't expect a CFL guy to be an instant hit in training camp. As long as the guy shows progress through the camp and that he's getting a grip on the challenges, then he'll probably be kept around as a backup or on the practice roster until he finds his feet and earns a starting spot.
As an example, with CFL tackles they'll have to learn to block without the benefit of a yard off the ball, plus they'll be handling DEs that are a bit bigger than the standard CFL variety. They won't adapt to that overnight. On the plus side, they'll probably have better range than the average NFL tackle as they're used to covering so much ground on both pass and run blocking. They're also used to pass blocking without the benefit of TE.
I'm trying to get a pulse of the board. I think we can all agree that if he stays, he must restructure his contract. However, I'm just asking to see if anyone thinks he's worth being a wr and/or pr/kr. Personally, I do.
If he stays ,.. make him a retruner, So long ,.. it's shown he can be motivated , if he can't or hasn't shown sign of improvement, then it's CYA Devin ,... Yes he deserves the benefit of the doubt , . while at the same time he needs to show he can reinvent himself as the league's top return man ,... as for his WR days ... that hit day 0 after the 3rd or 4th week of last season,....maybe the fith reciever decoy in a 5 receiver pattern if the Bears can improve the line enough to allow Cutler that much time when sending 5 into the pattern