On Tuesday of last week, the Ottawa Redblacks entered CFL free agency, and they made sure that they would have an improvement to their roster. Unlike the situation the team was in last year, Marcel Desjardins and the front office in Ottawa signed 5 players, and one of them is Anthony Coombs.
Coombs just recently played for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, where he was able to gain over 300 yards and score two touchdowns on 57 offensive touches. Coombs has been able to make a name for himself as a versatile offensive player, where he can play both running back and wide receiver.
He first played a big role on the offensive side of the ball when he was drafted by the Toronto Argonauts 3rd overall in the 2014 CFL draft. Following the draft, Coombs was put into the offense as a ratio breaker, rushing and receiving for a total of 306 all-purpose yards.
The numbers he put up in his rookie year showed nothing but great potential for the remainder of his career, and he’s done nothing but great things carrying and catching the football. Anthony Coombs, sitting at 28 years old has 6 seasons under his belt in which he’s caught 190 passes for 1,695 yards and 6 touchdowns along with scoring one rushing touchdowns a part of his 75 carries for 352 yards.
The flex position is wide open for the Ottawa Redblacks, where Coombs will have a shot at being a part of the starting receiving core and a top Canadian receiver among teammate Brad Sinopoli. Coombs would also be able to play a very similar role to fellow Canadian receiver/running back Nic Demski of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Demski was a part of Ottawa Redblacks head coach Paul LaPolice’s offense last season and the year before, where he played a flex position for LaPolice catching 103 passes, and carrying the ball 60 times for a total of 1,492 yards and 9 touchdowns over the two seasons.
As seen from the two players numbers from past seasons, Anthony Coombs who just signed with the Ottawa Redblacks on Tuesday could in fact play a big role on the Ottawa offense similar to Nic Demski when he was with Winnipeg.