I thought the same too Blitz Hughes versus Willis. Then I watched the TSN clip on Hughes and a discussion that Hufnagel (like Wally) has a pretty good sense of when players have passed their best before date. I was surprised that Hughes was older than Willis, by a full year. I thought Hughes was a couple years younger. Regardless both are clearly well into the back 9 of their career, more like the final 1 or 2 holes. Time will tell which one has the most fumes left in the tank.Blitz wrote: ↑Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:06 amI would have loved to see Hughes in a Leos uniform rather than Odell. Hughes has led the CFL in sacks the last two seasons.B.C.FAN wrote: ↑Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:00 pmAgreed. The Riders now have two of the league’s best pass rushers in Jefferson and Hughes.
It took some complicated deals with East Division teams the Lions and Riders have both bolstered their D-lines at the expense of the Stamps and Eskimos, and that’s likely to help the competitive balance in the West.
Jones has pulled off a great trade and given the Riders a much better chance to be playing in the Big Dance this year.
In looking at Hughes' numbers last year he picked up 6 of his 11 regular season sacks in the first 5 games he played including a hat-trick (1/4 of his season total) against the Riders in Week 5). Over the other 9 games he recorded 5. Still a very good pace but not nearly as productive as coming out of the chute. He also seemed to feast on the Riders in particular and Edmonton to a lesser extent. Including playoffs he chalked up 23 tackles and 9 sacks in 6 games vs Saskatchewan (11 DT, 6 SK in 3 GP) and Edmonton (12 DT, 3 SK in 3 GP). Against the rest of the league it was 22 DT, 3 SK in 10 GP. In 2 GP versus the Lions he had but a single DT to show.
Willis' numbers weren't as impressive as Hughes'. Like Hughes Willis also played 14 regular season games and 2 playoff games. 6 of his 8 regular season sacks came in the first 7 games with 2 in the final 7 plus 1 more in the playoffs.
Interesting irony though? Hughes best 2017 games were versus the Riders. Now he's a Rider. Willis recorded 6 (nearly 25%) of his 22 regular season DTs and 4 (half) of his 8 regular season SKs in only 2 GP against, you guessed it, BC. Now he's a Lion.