From Big Apple to Steeltown wasn't Ralph's plan

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

Brock Ralph is now on Plan C.

When the 2005 football season started, Plan A was to play with the New York Jets in the NFL.

That plan was chucked in the trash bin after he was released late this summer, putting Plan B into action, which was playing for the Eskimos.

However, the 25-year-old homegrown talent now finds himself on Plan C after being dealt to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats yesterday.

"It came as a total shock," said Ralph, who has a home in Edmonton with his wife and daughter.

"Obviously it is tough to leave Edmonton ... but a different opportunity has presented itself."

Ralph showed plenty of potential last season, catching 49 balls for more than 600 yards with the Eskimos.

Those stats caught the eyes of the New York Jets and he bolted for the NFL.

But his second tour of duty in Edmonton this fall wasn't as good, catching just four passes in five games for a meagre 40 yards on a roster loaded with receiving talent.

Hamilton doesn't boast such a deep receiving core, which could lead to more productivity and time in the spotlight.

"It was fun to be here with such great receivers," continued Ralph.

"If the opportunity presents itself (in Hamilton) to get some more balls and do some things for them, that would be something that I can definitely draw some positives from."

The Eskimos' wealth of receivers definitely played a part in head coach Danny Maciocia's decision to trade Ralph for the highly-respected Comiskey.

"When you take a look at the big picture you have to ask yourself, how are you going to distribute this football?" commented Maciocia.

"Is (Brock) worth moving to get a guy like Comiskey, where it all starts up front?

"If you don't have anything up front it doesn't matter who you have in the backfield and who's throwing it and who's catching it."

Hamilton brass has already indicated a desire to sign Ralph to a long-term deal.

But being in the option year of his current deal, the former southern Alberta high school star is interested in trying the NFL again.


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