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2015: Year of the CFL comeback?

The Calgary Stampeders touted last year as the “Year of the Horse” – so is 2015 but is the “Year of the Comeback”?

After a year away from the Canadian Football League, Chad Simpson was brought into Edmonton Eskimos camp after John White went down and has cracked the roster. In fact, he’ll start!

In Saskatchewan, Jamel Richardson made the Roughriders roster after missing the entire 2014 season with an injured knee. This is a receiver with over 8,000 career receiving yards including *five* consecutive 1,000-yard seasons between 2008 and 2012. With two Grey Cup rings, he could provide some steady hands for Darian Durant and Rider Nation.

For the BC Lions, Terence Jeffers-Harris has been offered a practice roster spot. It remains to be seen whether he will accept the deal or not, but Jeffers-Harris hasn’t played in the CFL for three years – And now he’s an injury or two from playing in games that matter again!

Chris Williams, the former Hamilton Tiger-Cat with over 2,400 total yards in 2012, returns to the CFL with the Ottawa RedBlacks. No one expected Williams to get released in Ottawa, but after three years in the NFL, I’m excited to see him fielding punts with the new rules on punt returns in place.

We can also put Adrian McPherson (returning from the Arena Football League) and Travis Lulay (returning from injury and actually looking decent in BC’s latest preseason game) on the list.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that all of these comeback players are on the offensive side of the ball, as these new rules are going to help these players put up some stellar numbers.

– written by Travis Currah