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TSN.ca's CFL Season Previews: Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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TSN.ca Staff
6/22/2013 1:49:18 AM
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Thirteen hundred receiving yards or 25% of the team's production through the air; 1,373 combined return yards, almost half the team's special teams production; and 17 scores, a whopping one third of the team's total scoring.

That's what the Hamilton Tiger-Cats stand to lose if Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and star receiver Chris Williams continues his holdout all year. To be fair, whoever the Tiger-Cats tab to be Williams replacement – both on offence and special teams – will make up for some of that loss production; but the playmaking New Mexico State product was a potential game-changer every time he had the ball in his hands last year, and that is something that just can't be replaced.

Maybe Williams changes his mind and reports to Hamilton to play out the final year of his contract before his inevitable jump to the NFL, but at least from here, that scenario doesn't look promising.

“(Williams' agent) Dan (Vertlieb) has not contacted us nor has Chris,” Ticats head coach Kent Austin told reporters after a CFL arbitrator ruled the Williams' contract with Hamilton was valid. “He's got our numbers.”

With it looking more likely Williams will take the year off every day, it will be up to everyone else to step up some and chip away at the lost production. Finding someone to duplicate Williams' special teams prowess will be a yeoman's work, but the accumulated talent on offence has a fair shot to mask the receiver's absence.

Visit TSN.ca/CFL for the full team preview.

Chris Williams (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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