Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shaw, Spencer Ready to Fill the Void in Ottawa's Offence Left by Williams, Jackson

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shaw, Spencer Ready to Fill the Void in Ottawa's Offence Left by Williams, Jackson

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Shaw and Spencer find a home in Ottawa

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OTTWAWA, Ont. - When Kenny Shaw and Diontae Spencer hit the CFL free agent market, they were looking for the right fit. A couple of familiar faces and the chance to join a top receiving corps led them to Ottawa.

Shaw and Spencer will be counted on this season to fill two big holes in the Redblacks offence left by departing star receivers Chris Williams and Ernest Jackson. But the defending Grey Cup champions are betting that the former Toronto Argonauts' familiarity with offensive co-ordinator Jaime Elizondo and quarterback Trevor Harris will pay dividends.

Having the two 25-year-olds join the Redblacks was exciting for Elizondo, who coached both while working as the Argonauts receivers coach in 2015.

"Diontae and Kenny bring a dimension of speed, it's hard to replace Chris Williams' speed, but Kenny's got some jets and (so does) Diontae," said Elizondo. "They're also very detailed guys. Kenny's one of the best route runners in the league in my opinion and they're young and that's the exciting part."

While Shaw is best known for his route-running ability, Spencer was coveted for his return ability.

Elizondo, who joined the Redblacks last season, maintained a relationship with both players after leaving Toronto and admits he spoke to Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins and head coach Rick Campbell about both players when he learned they were available via free agency.

"I think it helps knowing the personality, the way they like to be coached and the way they need to be coached," Elizondo said. "For me it's also understanding their skill set, what they're good at and then it's my job to put them in the best position to maximize their skill set."

Last season Shaw led the Argonauts with 1,004 yards and five touchdowns on 77 receptions, while Spencer, who played 12 games, had 706 yards and three TD's on 71 catches. …

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