(10-3-17) After several opportunities in the NFL Coldwater grad Keith Wenning (QB) will get a shot in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts practice team. The Argos are coached by former Chicago Bears Coach Mark Trestman.
Wenning, was briefly signed by the Buffalo Bills this year and played in one preseason game with the Bills before being released. Wenning is considered an International player by the CFL , the CFL has a plan that allows so many players from Canada and International players on the roster.
Before they signed Wenning today, two QBs who were signed last week to the practice team were released:
CFL games are sometimes aired on ESPN, but not a regular basis.
CFL vs NFL Rules –
- CFL field is both longer (110 yards vs. 100 yards) and wider (something like 65 vs. 50). End zones are also deeper (20 yards vs. 10 yards).
- Goal posts are at the front of the end zone in CFL, whereas they’re on the back line in the NFL. This has a few secondary effects such as extra points being taken from the 5 in the CFL (vs. the 2.5 in the NFL), and makes it more likely that a missed field goal will be returned in the CFL. (Technically, you can return a missed FG in the NFL, but since the posts are on the back line, it rarely happens because as long as a kick is long enough, the ball ends up out of play).
- 12 men on the field for CFL, 11 for NFL. Extra guy on offense is a backfield position; on defense, it can be anything.
- 3 downs to gain 10 yards for a first down in the CFL; 4 downs for NFL. Between this and the larger field, this tends to create a more pass-oriented game, as the short running game isn’t as viable.
- In the NFL, only a single offensive player can be moving when the ball is snapped, and the player may not be moving forward. In the CFL, any backs may be moving when the ball is snapped, and in any direction (i.e. WRs can get a running start if they time it right).
- When a ball is fumbled out of bounds, in the NFL it goes to the last team with clear possession; in the CFL, it goes to the last team to touch it.
- No fair catch rule in CFL; instead, no player except the kicker or a player behind the kicker can approach within 5 yards of the ball until the receiving team touches the ball.
- Additional scoring option in CFL – the “rouge” gives a single point when a kickoff goes out of the end zone or is not returned out of the end zone.
- Consistent with the game’s soccer/rugby roots, CFL retains the idea of an open-field kick — that any player can kick the ball at any time — whereas the only kicks allowed in the NFL are from behind the line of scrimmage.