One of the best units for Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2022 was its linebacking unit. The linebacking unit had a successful season despite the numerous injuries to star linebacker Simoni Lawrence. Due to Lawrence missing time, the remaining linebackers were in a position to step up and raise their level of play. One of those players that stepped up was Kyle Wilson. In 2022, Wilson had 42 defensive tackles and 3 special teams tackles. In the 2021 season, Wilson had 4 defensive tackles, so it is easy to see that 2022 was a breakout season. By signing Wilson to a two-year contract they are showing their commitment to maintaining their defensive strength.
Kyle Wilson is a 27-year-old, 6’0″, 230 lbs. American linebacker. Wilson played college football at Arkansas State and has grown into a high-quality CFL linebacker over the last two seasons. Consistency with the linebacker personnel is critical if the Tiger-Cats intend to sustain one of their best units. Hopefully, committing to Kyle Wilson does not indicate a lack of commitment to popular linebacker Simoni Lawrence. If the linebacking crew for the Tiger-Cats includes CFL all-star Jovan Santos-Knox, Simoni Lawrence, and Kyle Wilson the linebackers for Hamilton will be one of the best defensive units in the CFL. For Hamilton to have an opportunity to compete for an opportunity to win the 2023 Grey Cup, they will need to continue to invest in their defence.
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