R-Nation’s favourite player is entering his fifth season in the CFL, and for Sherrod Baltimore, it is his biggest season yet. It’s a new year, and new beginnings for the Ottawa Redblacks in 2022. From the front office to the quarterback to the defensive secondary, a lot has changed in the nation’s capital, and changed for the good, for the better.
The team has changed, but the goals have not.
Sherrod Baltimore and the Redblacks have always had the Grey Cup on their mind.
They have always worked extremely hard to get to their team and personal goals. In 2018 they got there. They reached a lot of their goals. The Ottawa Redblacks as a team made it to the Grey Cup, they were the eastern champions, and to put him aside, Baltimore also had 4 interceptions including one in the Grey Cup game.
Since then, the Redblacks have struggled. The team hasn’t looked the same. Not even close to the same, until now.
They look even better than they did in 2018, and Sherrod Baltimore specifically is in for a big year. He isn’t in the headlines like other defensive backs in the CFL, he hasn’t necessarily been the flashiest player on the field, but all of that will change very soon.
With 47 regular season games under his belt, and countless hours of work put in over the past 6 years in the CFL, Sherrod Baltimore, alongside defensive stars Trumaine Washington, Money Hunter, Patrick Levels, Randall Evans, Avery Williams, Abdul Kanneh, Cleyon Laing, and many more play makers in Ottawa is set to make a splash in the secondary. In that 2018 season when he had his most success, coming off of a rookie of the year campaign in 2017, he was surrounded by playmakers. This year, there are even more playmakers around him, and he himself has improved heavily.
All of that will be on display for the first time on Friday night at TD Place as Sherrod Baltimore and the Ottawa Redblacks kickoff their 2022 CFL pre-season against the Toronto Argonauts, if everything goes well with the CFLPA/CFL CBA negotiations on Thursday of course.
When asked at training camp about the start of the 2022 CFL season Baltimore told JZ Media’s Jordan Zlomislic, “I feel good.” And, “I’m excited, we look good. It’s been a good camp so far. So far, so good. I’m taking it one day at a time.”
About the changes on the team, Baltimore explained, “I like so much stuff, thats an understatement. We have the majority of our defence back, still got our good defensive coordinator (Mike Benevides), special teams, coach Dyce is back, and now we have a quarterback, nice offensive linemen, a lot of new receivers, coach LaPo is back too so there’s so much to talk about, we’re going to keep on coming together as a team, it’s looking good.”
Be tuned into the Ottawa Redblacks and Sherrod Baltimore this 2022 CFL season, and don’t be surprised when number 27 in red and black takes over the league.