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Players to watch: 20 names to know for the division finals

TORONTO – The Shaw road to the Gray Cup is in full swing, and what a weekend it was.

Both road teams came away victors, while Trevor Harris set a passing efficiency record in the Eskimo & # 39; s victory in Montreal, while Zach Collaros and Chris Streveler upset the reigning Gray Cup Champions in Calgary.

This week, the Eskimo & # 39; s continue their journey to the east and stop in Hamilton for a date with the Tiger-Cats. The Ticats have not won the Gray Cup since 1999, while the Eskimo & # 39; s hope to become the first crossover team in history to win a Gray Cup.

In Regina, the Bombers and Roughriders meet for the fourth time this season. Sunday marks the second year in a row that the clubs meet in a play-off game, after Winnipeg eliminated Saskatchewan in last year's Western Semi.

Last week, CFL.ca revealed the list of 30 players to watch in the Gray Cup Playoffs. Which players are worth following in the final of the Sunday division?

Greg Ellingson caught seven steps and broke 100 meters in the first half alone versus Montreal, clearly re-establishing himself as Trevor Harris "number one recipient. Where the Gray Cup goes, so goes the experienced receiver, who has seen his team reach the Gray Cup in five of his six CFL seasons. He will be busy again on Sunday.

Justin Medlock was money in the semi-final and made all four of his attempts, including a 52-meter long. The bombers tested Medlock with the longest average attempt in the energy-saving lamp in 2019, but Medlock responded by making 86 percent of its attempts, its longest coming from 55 meters. He is one of the best choices in every situation.

Solomon Elimimian enjoyed a reviving season with the Riders and led the team with 88 tackles in 14 games after leaving BC. The experienced linebacker will play a key role in trying to delay a bomb attack that led the CFL at 148 yards per game, in addition to 195 yards vs.. the Stampeders in the semi-final.

CJ Gable helped the Eskimo & # 39; s resolve their red zone misery and found the end zone twice in the Eastern Semi-Final, his first game since he was injured on October 4. Gable offers a dangerous tandem with a 1,000-yard row alongside the elusive Shaq Cooper. He will try to eliminate his former team in a rare eastern final against the Ticats.

For the Western Semi-Final, Adam Bighill said that Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell could be stopped. The defense of the bombers was delivered by intercepting Mitchell three times, while only 207 meters of attack was allowed. Bighill anchors the best run defense of the CFL since 1995 (64 yards per game) and is one to keep in mind vs.. Saskatchewan.

The Ticats have no shortage of options to run back, but Tyrell Sutton is the best of them after averaging 5.8 yards per carry in four games. Sutton is not only a physical inside runner, he also has a positive influence on the passing game as a receiver and blocker. With the lighter workload this season, he certainly has new legs in the playoffs.

As the leader of one of the CFL's most athletic and versatile secondaries, Nick Marshall wants to build on a four-interception season when the Riders take to the field against Winnipeg. The second-year student must be aware of the strong arm of Zach Collaros, who burned the Stampeders for a touchdown of 71 meters in the semi-final.

While teammate Brandon Banks stretches the field vertically, Bralon Addison usually does his best work under it. It fits well with the violation of the Ticats, because the two receivers are the most productive duo of the competition on their way to the late season. Even with the return of Luke Tasker, Addison should see many goals during the playoffs.

Simoni Lawrence is known as one of the most vocal players of the CFL on the field and put it on the static field in 2019 with a career of 98 tackles, including a league record 17 in one game vs.. Winnipeg. Lawrence must be on the Eskimo's radar in a matchup with Trevor Harris and C.J. Gable.

No domestic defending lineman registered more pockets in 2019 than Dylan Wynn, who knocked down 11 quarterbacks in his first season in Hamilton. A year after the Ticats had given up a playoff record of six touchdown passes to Trevor Harris, Wynn would have to make a difference in the rematch on Sunday.

Charleston Hughes is a big part of the best defense of the CFL and is taking the fourth season of his career with 15 or more pockets. With double-digit pockets in seven of the last eight seasons, no defensive end has been successful any longer. Zach Collaros can expect a lot of Hughes on Sunday.

No matter how good Cody Fajardo has been, he has had a lot of help from his number 1 receiver in Shaq Evans. Evans leads all qualified receivers with 18.5 meters per catch, which shows a preference not only to separate the catch after the catch but also to collect it. The 28-year-old is perhaps one of the most underrated stars of the CFL.

Andrew Harris did not lose a step at the age of 32. If the bombers are going to win, Harris certainly plays a role after placing 1,909 meters of scrimmage and the average of a career-best 6.1 meters per carry in 2019. The Winnipeg resident has a chance to lead his hometown team to his first Gray Cup since 1990.

Two of the major running competitions of the CFL face each other, while William Powell faces Andrew Harris and the Bombers. Powell has lived up to high expectations in his first season in green and white, doubling his career in touchdowns by 12, while leading the third in the rankings.

Injury or otherwise, there should be no more questions about Trevor Harris after a record performance versus the If. Harris operated with clinical precision in the Eastern Semi-Final and broke his own play-off record with an efficiency of 92 percent. When the pivot point of the Esks comes into a rhythm, it is virtually impossible to stop.

Twelve bags, 16 pass knockdowns, six forced fuss – has a player disturbed counterparties more than the defensive end of Bombers Willie Jefferson? One of the largest signing sessions of the CFL has lived up to the hype and leads a Winnipeg defense that tops the CFL with 45 takeaways. Sunday a matchup against his former team.

As good as Dane Evans has been in the second half of the season, with an average of 372 yards per game since Labor Day, the next two games will determine his season. Evans will start its first play-off career on Sunday, in which the 25-year-old wants to strengthen his status as an elite quarterback in the game with three downs. The spotlight has never been this big.

Those not being sold at Zach Collaros may want to watch the Western Semi-Final again, especially his 71-yard touchdown to Darvin Adams. The ball traveled 40 meters in the air on a frozen rope and defeated one of the best defenders of the competition in Tre Roberson. Zach is back and there is no reason he can't lead Winnipeg deeper into the late season.

No surprise that the two finalists of the CFL are the players to be watched in the playoffs. Brandon Banks is the most exciting player in the competition and comes from a 1500 meter season to lead the number 1 of the CFL. Banks has talked a lot off the field for the Ticats, but a Gray Cup Championship would make him a Hamilton legend.

Surrounded by injuries, Cody Fajardo tries to overcome an oblique tension while the Riders organize the Blue Bombers. Fajardo did not play his best football against Winnipeg and threw more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2) in three head-to-head matchups. Can the 27-year-old Most Outstanding Player candidate win his first career playoff start?

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