TROIS-RIVIÈRES-Before giving an update on the dispute between the players and the managers of the CFL teams, let’s first talk about football in the absence of Vernon Adams Jr. in training at the Alouettes training camp in Montreal.
The Alouettes determined that it was planned that the quarterback would pass a CT scan.
“Just to make sure he’s 100%,” said head coach Khari Jones, who plans to count on him on Thursday.
“He was good right from the start of camp, his practices were going well,” Jones added, even though Adams Jr. lacked confidence. in the intra-squad game organized on Monday at the charming Diablos Stadium in Trois-Rivières.
Somehow Jones will be able to sleep soundly because this year he will be betting on a deeper position in this critical position. The impressive return of Trevor Harris is a game-changer and the addition of Dominique Davis is encouraging.
“It’s very significant, you just have to look at what’s going on in this position. Almost everywhere I go, more than one quarterback has to play and unfortunately sometimes it reaches four or even five, ”Jones agreed.
“To have men who can graduate, who have been successful and come back through hard times, that’s huge for an organization. We have three quarters that meet these criteria. Nothing replaces experience in this sport, ”continued the coach.
Honestly, Jones admitted that he did not predict Harris would return to the Montreal uniform in 2022.
“I was surprised, but I know he liked his time here and the atmosphere in the locker room. When he hadn’t signed a contract elsewhere too much, I thought it was a possibility.»
However, Adams Jr. maintains. his head at the moment. Will something happen between now and the first game on June 9 that causes Jones to change his decision?
“I don’t know. We’ll just keep reviewing the competition and we want the best scenario for our team. What I like is that they work very well together, they work together. The team counts and that’s the mentality we want,” the leader replied.
Some were injured, caution was needed
So it’s better if Adams Jr. doesn’t get hurt. because many players currently face injuries. So, William Stanback and Jake Wieneke didn’t train like the first pick of the 2022 CFL Draft, linebacker Tyrell Richards. In addition, Greg Reid injured his right knee when he fell to the ground while strictly following receiver Eugene Lewis.
“We don’t think any injuries are very serious. They’re pretty banged up players, it’s happening at this time of year. It could affect our plans for preseason games, we’ll see,” Jones’s response, suggesting that some athletes on this list will not face the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton on Saturday night.
Another starter, left guard Philippe Gagnon, was absent, but it was a family affair.
As Christophe Normand said, “we saw the worse” in the CFL early on in training camp, but it’s something to watch out for. Moreover, Jones delayed the session for a few seconds before leaving this message.
“The quarterback hit two plays, we don’t want that to happen again. »
Earlier in the day, he also showed his dissatisfaction with a wrong rehearsal. “Practice the right way or don’t practice!” »
But, overall, the unity seems to be there. From the bleachers, we see the attack explode by completing some explosive play. That being said, Jones is keen to add this caveat.
“Defensive players are a bit skewed because sometimes they go to the quarterback, but they can’t tackle him. The games therefore go on longer than usual. You might think guilt is so prevalent, but we know it, it’s shown in the videos. That said, I’m happy with the offense’s performance. Some guys come back, it helps not to start at the beginning. They will be even better this year, ”Jones said.
The next few days will be possible to better measure this data, but Anthony Calvillo’s entry into the coaching staff becomes an additional tool.
“AC helps quarterbacks every step of the way. It shows in detail along with their readings. It remains a process, but now I know another coach is hot on their heels and I’m not. It’s really nice to have him, ”Jones said with a smile.
Awaiting player vote
Let’s finish the collective agreement file. The player’s vote, what the CFL says is its final offer, is expected to be known late Thursday night. The impression coming out of the training camp is that the managers and the players are eager for it to be resolved.
“I’m trying not to get involved and hope we can play,” Jones said simply.
“Oh, very much. You may feel that this is a distraction. Actually, that’s all we’re talking about … Are we going to practice tomorrow? What will happen? mentioned defensive back Rodney Randle.
“Of course it’s boring and brings a lot of uncertainty. In every negotiation, there are pros and cons. Each player has their own interest in a collective agreement so it is difficult for our negotiating committee. We are still in a gray area, but I really have the impression that both sides want it to be fixed very quickly, ”Christophe Normand warned.
“If it doesn’t end soon, both sides will start to feel pressure. It’s the same when you miss games and lose,” the full-back concluded.