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IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Returnees:

Canadians Scott Coe and Marc Calixte. Imports Brian Clark, Shannon James, Rob Rodriguez, Matt Grootegoed, Cornelius Anthony and Khalid Abdullah.

THE DEPARTED:

John Grace (released, signed with Montreal), Walter Spencer (released), Marc Mitchell (retired), Cam Yeow (retired).

NEW ARRIVALS:

Draft picks Justin Phillips (first round) and Ian Hazlett (sixth round). Free-agents Tony Bua and Rodney McCarter.

THE SKINNY:

The Stamps continue to run a 3-4 front so the emphasis on the linebackers is with reading the play and using speed to get into position. This group has the most depth of any in camp but also the most uncertainty. All the starting jobs are still up for grabs.

THE FAVOURITES:

Barring injury or a need to change the import ratio, Clark should move into his usual spot in the middle but he is being challenged by fellow veteran Coe. It's still too early to tell who are the frontrunners at the other spots but James may be one of the best cover guys in camp. The best Canadian may get a starting spot and defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan said Calixte is having his best camp.

THE SLEEPERS:

Bua looks like a gamer and can't wait to hit somebody hard. The Arkansas product isn't big but is fast. Rodriguez spent the last month of 2006 learning the system and is showing he has picked things up. Anthony is in his third training camp and is getting a better grasp of the system all the time. If Creehan could, he wouldn't cut anybody.


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