The Ottawa Redblacks have lost 4 straight games since their week one win over the Edmonton Elks in early August. Sitting at 1-4, it was clear that the team needed to make some changes and that is exactly what they did.
Ottawa’s front office, led by general manager Marcel Desjardins, Jeremy Snyder and Jean-Marc Edme made some big moves to improve heading into their second bye week of the season this week. They signed former Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams who has 3,377 yards and 20 touchdowns to his name from the 6 seasons in the NFL, veteran CFL receiver Kenny Stafford who has spent time with the Edmonton Elks and Saskatchewan Roughriders with 2,626 yards and 18 touchdowns over his 70 career games, running back De’Lance Turner who is an Alcorn State product with experience in the Baltimore Ravens backfield, receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi who spent the 2019 pre-season with the Cleveland Browns and is known for his inspiring story to that point in his career and also brought back University of Tennessee Martin receiver Terry Williams who spent the 2021 training camp with the Redblacks.
Of all the signings, the biggest would have to be Terrance Williams. Williams was a number two receiver for the Dallas Cowboys for 5 of his 6 NFL seasons and produced big plays year in, year out for the Cowboys alongside Dez Bryant and is going into an opportunity with the Ottawa Redblacks where he can bring a big spark and help the Redblacks turn the table heading into the second half of the 2021 CFL season. Also a big signing would be Kenny Stafford who is a veteran presence here in the CFL and is a proven receiver in the league. The receiving core, with both Terry Williams and Damon Sheehy-Guisippi too in Ottawa consists of R.J Harris, Ryan Davis, Kenny Stafford, Nate Behar, DeVonte Dedmon, Anthony Coombs, Terrance Williams, Daniel Petermann, Michael Klukas, Wesley Lewis, Ervin Phillips, Jordan Smallwood, Alonzo Russell, Damon Sheehy-Guisippi, and Terry Williams.
As Ottawa goes into their week 7 bye week it is clear that there is no shortage of playmakers for quarterback Dominique Davis who is coming off of a 333 yard performance against the B.C Lions and has thrown for over 600 yards in two appearances this season. Don’t count out the Ottawa Redblacks just yet as there is plenty of time left in the 2021 CFL season to turn it around and the entire organization has the mindset to do so and if they do not, they will be a team to watch heading into the future, especially with all of the young talent in the nation’s capital.