Game Breakers

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

Remember that old cliche that you can't tell the players without a program?

Well, that would certainly apply to this year's edition of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Gone are the likes of wide receiver, D.J. Flick, defensive end Tim Cheatwood, running back Josh Ranek and slotback Terry Vaughn.

A whole myriad of new recruits are hoping to prove themselves good enough to replace them when they take to the Canad Inns Stadium gridiron against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a CFL pre-season contest Thursday.

Despite its house-cleaning, Hamilton still has some players left who present a danger to the Bombers.

While we are not sure how much they will play in this match, a number of Bombers simply relished kicking the 'Cats last season. Yes, we know this is just an exhibition match but here are some of those who can and have broken games open:

SB MIKE MORREALE

- OK, there were indeed very slim pickings after poring over who is left on this roster. But the reliable veteran was at least consistent against Winnipeg. Morreale caught two passes for 23 yards in the 29-22 loss to Winnipeg; one reception for 20 yards in the 26-11 victory; and two catches for 32 yards in the 29-0 loss.

DB TAY CODY

- The hard-hitting defensive back was a force against Winnipeg. He recorded four defensive tackles in the 29-22 loss and nine defensive tackles, three special teams tackles and one pass knockdown in the 29-0 loss.

QB JASON MAAS

- The sore-armed veteran pivot really only had one good game against Winnipeg last season and did not even dress for the last one. Maas completed 16 of 30 passes for 170 yards and two TDs to lead Hamilton to the 26-11 triumph but he was a major thorn in Winnipeg's side whenever he played against the Bombers as an Edmonton Eskimo.

RB CHARLES ROBERTS

- The ever-dangerous tailback rushed for 104 yards on 20 carries, leading Winnipeg to a 29-22 win over the Tabbies in Hamilton last October. That win made amends for a 26-11 home loss to the Ticats when Roberts was held to 79 yards on 12 rushes, with two catches for 14 yards -- still the most dangerous Bomber during the loss. Just a week before, Roberts gained 129 yards and one touchdown in a 29-0 Winnipeg whitewash over the 'Cats in Steeltown.

QB KEVIN GLENN

- The Winnipeg starter missed the loss to Hamilton due to injury. But when he was healthy, Glenn completed 24 of 35 passes for 325 yards and three TDs in Winnipeg's 29-22 victory. In the first game against Hamilton, Glenn completed 18 of 31 passes for 235 yards and two majors as Winnipeg won 29-0.

LB BARRIN SIMPSON

- Several Bombers had great single games against the 'Cats last year -- including slotback Milt Stegall, wide receiver Derick Armstrong and receiver Chris Brazzell -- but Simpson was simply outstanding in each one. The middle linebacker recorded six defensive tackles in the 29-22 win; six defensive tackles in the 26-11 loss and five defensive tackles, one special teams tackle and a pass knockdown in the 29-0 victory.


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