Fred Reid Comeback?

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  1. Bronko

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    Anyone think Freddy Mercury (Reid) deserves another CFL chance after losing his spot to injury in Wpg.??

    Reid is monster fast and a terrific slash runner. You give this man an o-line with some heft and oomph and he could put up some monster numbers as the semi-fulltime slash back - perhaps 900 to 1100 yds.

    Guy can't run over anyone (ok, maybe jade etienne) and is easily finger or wrist tackled, even by lumbering monsters like Barrin Simpson, Doug Brown, Joe Lobendahn, Justine Hickman, etc.

    Anybody needing a quality RB who can whisp thru holes - CALL FRED REID!
     
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    How much of a cut are you getting??? :)
     
  3. Christoph

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    Fred Reid could make a comeback only if he rediscovers the speed he had a few years ago. Last year he couldn't bust a run longer than 3 yards if his life depended on it. I don't know how that's even possible with a speed back like Reid is supposed to be on a wide open CFL field.
     
  4. Bronko

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    Reid was being asked to run up the guy (middle) most of the time. Yes, he was a bit tentative and that contributed to his paltry 2.9 or 3.1 yd average (before being replaced). However, he was working behind one of the most putrid interior o-lines in CFL history. Guys like Obby Khan (C), Steve Morley (LG) and Brenda Labatte (RG) were average pass-blockers but only Labatte could lay in the odd run-block. Morley & Khan were also way too slow to act as legit pulling guards so anytime Reid went to the outside he was virtually on his own.
    That said, his chances at re-establishing his career are extremely limited at this point. He could probably start by taking a significant pay cut, working in as the 2nd import back (backup) behind a decent CFL 0line and doing his old job as a punt/kick returner. He's also a decent special teams tackler due to his great speed and ability to fight thru blockers.
     
  5. Rids

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    Potentially the only one asking for a Fred Reid comeback is Bronko.....
     
  6. iso_55

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    This....^^^. His playing days are over.
     
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    With Jerome Messam going down to the NFL, perhaps there's a chance he could challenge for a spot in Edmonton?
     
  8. Bronko

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    True dat. Fred is far faster than Messam (even at 30) but he can't break tackles. Also, Fred is an older american running back - - - - don't see too many of those anymore - they broke the mold with George Reed, Leo Lewis, Dick Shatto, Mike Pringle, etc.
     
  9. iso_55

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    Reid suffered a very bad knee or achilles injury didn't he. kinda tough to come back from that.
     
  10. Bronko

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    Reid was virtually injury free until the injury that cost him his Winnipeg job. I suspect he can recover from one serious injury and still show great speed.
    However, he'd be useless behind the weaker o-lines in our league which means he might only have a chance with teams like Sask'n, BC or Montreal.

    Put him behind Winnipeg, Hamilton or Toronto's o-line, he'd still be a 2.5 to 3.25 yd runner. (which means he'd get cut when the first better guy arrived)
     
  11. iso_55

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    One injury is all it takes, Nate. Methinks it is over.
     
  12. Bronko

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    Tons of CFL guys have recovered from serious injury. Leo Lewis, Jim Germany, Dick Shatto, Ken Ploen, Matt Dunigan, Willard Reaves, many more.

    However, Reid is right on the cusp of getting old so that employing an import RB might not be a smart move, even if the guy comes to play.

    Exceptions made if your name is Jim Brown, Cookie Gilchrist, Gale Sayers, Emmit Smith, George Reed, OJ Slicerman.
     
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    All depends on the injury & severity. Not everyone can come back fully healed & 110%. The mind may be willing but the body says no.
     

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