The BC Lions lost some key members of the receiving core in the offseason. Following the release of Arland Bruce, and the departure of Geroy Simon via trade, the Lions are left with a young, exciting and somewhat inexperienced receiving core.
That core was given a boost on Monday with the signing Emmanuel Arceneaux. The one time BC Lion receiver was a big factor in his two years playing with the club, registering 858 yards in his first year. He followed that up with an even better year in 2010, surpassing the 1,000 yard mark by hitting 1,114 receiving yards. He turned heads that year as he was only 76 yards behind Geroy Simon’s team lead in receiving yards.
His success brought him a chance to play in the NFL, as he signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. He ended up playing three games for the club. Later, he signed with the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins. However, as many athletes find out when trying to make the NFL, competition is stiff and it is hard to make a name for yourself when you are only signed to the practice roster.
The Lions were not the only team to pursue the services of Arceneaux, as reportedly the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos also showed interest. However, Arceneaux decided to come back to the team who gave him his first shot in professional football.
The receiving core will look a lot different compared to the last time Arceneaux was with the Lions. When he last played for the Lions in 2010, the main receivers were Geroy Simon and Paris Jackson. The current version of the Lions is being led by the likes of Shawn Gore and Nick Moore.
Arceneaux will have a chance to be the number one receiver in B.C., although 2012 leading receiver Shawn Gore will likely be the go-to-guy for Travis Lulay when the season starts next month. If Arceneaux continued his career with the Lions up to this date, there is little doubt he would be the number one receiver for the Lions right now. His combination of size (6’2, 215 pounds), and speed (4.44 and 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash) will be beneficial to the Lions young and energetic receiving core.
Written by Trevor Beggs, a contributor to Vancity Buzz.