Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Sherrod Baltimore played in 5 of the Redblacks’ 14 games in 2021. In those games, playing alongside other defensive backs Abdul Kanneh, Brandin Dandridge, Brad Muhammad, Antoine Pruneau, Justin Howell and Marcus Lewis, Baltimore made a significant impact for the Redblacks defence, making 21 tackles and breaking up a few passes along the way.
It may not have been a flashy stretch of games for the average fan, but looking back at it, he proved his worth as a top defensive back in the CFL. In limited action, he made a good number plays and demonstrated what he is capable of in Ottawa for the future. In the future, moving into the 2022 CFL season, Baltimore will be around star defensive backs Abdul Kanneh, Money Hunter, Randall Evans and Trumaine Washington, which is clearly an upgrade for coach Mike Benevides’ defence. The group could be looked at as a similar one as the one that was found in Ottawa during the 2018 CFL season where Sherrod Baltimore shined as a second year player. In that season, he was surrounded by Jonathan Rose, Rico Murray, Corey Tindal, Randall Evans and Antoine Pruneau. Baltimore finished the season with 2 regular season interceptions and 2 in the playoffs, including one in the 106th Grey Cup against the Calgary Stampeders.
As a more developed defensive back than he was in 2018, with what could be a better defence around him, headlining his defensive front which highlights Kwaku Boateng, Cleyon Laing, Davon Coleman, and Avery Williams expect Baltimore to have a breakout season in Ottawa this upcoming season. He, and the entire Redblacks roster are hungry to win a Grey Cup, after going through a Grey Cup loss in 2018, and 26 losses over the past two seasons, Baltimore wants to win. Don’t be surprised when he does.