Focus on WR

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

RETURNEES:

Imports Nik Lewis, Jeremaine Copeland, Ken-Yon Rambo. Canadians Markus Howell and Brett Ralph.

THE DEPARTED:

Elijah Thurmon, Ron Johnson, Beau Gibbs.

NEW ARRIVALS:

Free agents Marc Boerigter (NFL), Ryan Thelwell (B.C. Lions), Keenan Howry, J.R. Tolver, David Bautista, Shawn White. Draft pick Greg Hetherington (McGill). Junior players Orin and Cassidy Doneff.

THE SKINNY:

One of the best groups in the league got better with Boerigter returning from the NFL. He is a true No. 1 receiver and gives the offence a tremendous inside presence with whoever lines up on the other side. Thelwell is a Canadian who can start at wideout, which allows the team to play an import on the offensive line. An import free agent will have a hard time sticking and one dropped pass in training camp could make the decision easy for coaches.

THE FAVOURITES:

Boerigter and Thelwell are locks to make the starting lineup. Copeland and Lewis both refocused in the off-season and have come into camp in great shape with good attitudes about winning starting jobs. Rambo looks as fast and does enough things to be used in many different situations. Ralph put on an extra 15 lb. of muscle and looks good, while fellow Canadian Howell is hurt but both should make the roster because of non-import status.

THE SLEEPER:

None of the new imports have stood out compared to McGill product Greg Hetherington, a fifth-round draft pick this year. Hetherington has a previous relationship with receivers coach Chuck McMann from college and has the size (6 ft. 4 in., 220 lb.) to compete at this level.


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