Welcome to Den Talk. I thought it would be a neat feature for the site to throw a few topics out there for discussion. A random, hopefully weekly column discussing the big issues surrounding the Lions at this time. So, let’s see what we can do for Issue 1 of Den Talk. [Read more…]
Weather: Cool breezy temperatures awaited the players who dawned pads in the morning session. Mid twenties temperatures and nice breezes kept things comfortable in the afternoon.
The original plan was to concentrate on defense today, but that was curtailed somewhat when the Lions decided to rope off access to the area between the two practice areas. As most of the defensive drills were in the far field, it was tough to get a lot of good looks at who was shining and who wasn’t. So in this report we’ll just give you some observations and tidbits were seen and heard throughout the day.
The club did release two players Monday, running backs Charles Pierre and Amos Allen were both told the bad news, with Allen not returning for the afternoon workout. Pierre was told prior to the morning session.
The offensive star of the day was Paris Jackson who was getting open and making catches, including a beautiful one handed grab in traffic in the morning. Rookie running back Andrew Harris continues to impress. His speed and cuts are very impressive and he looks like he belongs, which could be the reason for the early departure of two other backs. There was also suggestion by Lowell Ullrich on the TEAM 1040 this morning that Stefan Logan may return to the Lions sooner than later and that the team is starting to get that feeling as well. This isn’t to suggest Logan will be returning in the next few weeks, but just the situation on Pittsburgh may not be leaning in his favour.
Overall offensively the team looked much crisper, with many more completed passes mainly do to the fact the timing was better and the players becoming more comfortable with the offense. All the quarterbacks had some nice completions throughout the day.
Defensively, Caesar Rayford had a strong day, along with Xavier Mitchell who absolutely owned Matt Morencie in one on ones in the morning. The secondary looks lively and cohesive. The allowed completions, but without hitting that can hardly be considered accurate. The coverage seems to be there, but they did get beat for big gains by Andrew Harris, Paris Jackson, Ryan Grice-Mullen and Terrence Scott. Korey Banks picked off a pass in the afternoon session, and had a strong afternoon. Javy Glatt looks like he’s really worked on his speed in the off-season.
Sean Whyte continues to impress punting the ball under undefended conditions. The patient kicker has been regularly kicking 50-60 punts both days of camp.
The club worked on a lot of what seemed to be special teams like drills in the afternoon. Ball pursuit, shedding blocks, stripping/punching out the ball and every player including the QB’s and kickers took part.
One tidbit that came out of camp today was that this would be the last camp in Abbotsford. The Lions will hold the camp in either Victoria or the Okanagan next year, and well the club hasn’t officially announced anything, more than one source was saying it was going to be Victoria. The club wants to spread the camp around the province to emphasize they are the “BC” Lions.
Paris Jackson was the star of the day when he stopped to sign the team photo of a young fan, looked behind him and saw all his teammates coming and said “Hey guys, if you have tome come and sign this kids picture!” Every player in the vicinity came over. Nice move by a guy who always has time for the fans.
Day 2 Photos:
Training camp officially got underway at WJ Mouat Secondary school in Abbotsford Sunday. Lots of teaching and instruction happening today, in a no pads workout.
Weather: Perfect. Partially cloudy, nice breeze throughout the day.
We concentrated on the offense today, tomorrow we’ll concentrate on the defense.
Terrence Scott, Otis Amey, Ryan Grice-Mullen. All three of these guys have speed to burn. Grice-Mullen has the inside track on a spot, but the other two had a strong morning session. Grice-Mullen made a great 40 yard catch down field in traffic for the play of the morning. Noticeably absent was Jerel Myers, no official reason was given, but no one seemed concerned. To the recievers credit, the DB’s were interfering and holding up at will today, hopefully not a sign of bad habits forming.
The Lions look to have a lot of packages for backs catching passes out of the backfield, and Ian Smart was excelling today. Tough to judge the running backs today, as plays were basically being walked through with no hitting. Junior phenom Andrew Harris looked as good as anyone, showing great hands, and great speed. With the territorial exemption available to use on Harris, the Lions can be patient and keep him around on the practice roster. Lowell Ullrich writes that Wally Buono was quite impressed with the blocking skills of Damian Sims.
I’ve heard some say the QB’s were bad today. I would say the timing was off, with lots of new faces, rookies learning routes, and rust all contributing to a sloppy session overall. All four QB’s overthrew receivers at some point and the timing should/will get better. Of the four, Zac Champion seemed to look a little nervous out there, and seems to know that newcomer Travis Lulay could pose a real threat to his job.
The departure of Martin Bibla was elaborated on by the media in attendance as well as Wally Buono following the morning session. It appears as though Bibla was not impressed at how he was being treated by coach Dan Dorazio, and told Buono he was foreseeing a “conflict”. Bibla chose to quit and that was the end of that. The Lions brought in Washington State product Trevor Lesuma was brought in to replace Bibla. The departure and results of Rookie camp have moved Justin Sorensen back to the right side (his natural side). Walter Stith and Darren Marquez will battle it out for Murphy’s LT spot. Both Stith and Marquez had decent first days, and Stith looks to have bulked up on his already gigantic frame. It was learned that the club also released non-import Lorne Plante. Sherko-Haji-Rasouli was away on personal business.
Quote of the day:
“Remember this feeling boys, you won’t feel this way again.” – Brent Johnson to his teammates at the start of the morning session, likely referring to the beating their bodies will begin to take for the rest of the season.”
Welcome to the new BCLionsDen.ca, or as we’ve been shamelessly flogging it in recent months, “Version 2.0”.
As you can see, I have given the site a face lift, and changed our format by entering the realm of the blog/content management system. Over the past few years the blog has become a popular and effective tool in the world of social media, a field that I am growing more interested in. For that reason, I wanted to create a fan site that was more of a magazine style and see where it will go. The new site has been a large learning curve, with headaches and challenges, but a lot of fun one as well.
We want you to feel like you’re sitting around in a room with friends, talking about the BC Lions and the CFL. This country has some great football writers, like Lowell Ullrich but they can’t express the raw views of you the fan. They can interview the players, the coaches, write reviews on games, but they have to remain somewhat neutral in their analysis and reporting, while fans have a strong attachment to their teams and have no such limitations. While we want your true opinions, we also want you to respect that players and coaches are human beings, and personal attacks of any kind won’t be tolerated on this site. The ultimate goal would be to have players see what we’re trying to create here and feel comfortable to participate on the site, interacting with you the fans.
Another goal of the site is to celebrate the players and personalities that have been involved with the BC Lions over their 50+ year history, by compiling as many alumni profiles as we can to make sure these people that have provided us with memories as fans are not forgotten. This area of the site is still in the works, and now that the main design and content is done we’ll be concentrating on adding these alumni profiles as we can find information on former players. If you’re a former player and could help us with pictures or information about your career, we would love to hear from you.
I am very pleased to have my friend Dennis Prouse writing for the site. Dennis is a transplanted BC Lions fan living in Ottawa, and has been coaching amateur/minor football for many years. Dennis has great insight on the technical aspects of the game and you can look forward to his contributions soon and throughout the season.
I do apologize however. I simply ran out of time in my efforts to get all the sections filled in, so there are a few areas of the site that will come online when I finish them and add more content.
All told, I’m happy with the end product, and I hope you are too! Tell your friends and fellow Lions/CFL fans about us. Your participation is vital to our success and growth!
So welcome to BCLionsDen.ca 2.0, and ROAR YOU LIONS ROAR!
The return of CFL football is upon us, and as training camps break across the league, all eight teams are setting their sights on winning the Grey Cup. For the first time in a couple of seasons, the BC Lions are going to have a very competitive training camp. The off-season saw the team release several veterans, many of the big name variety in an effort to build a younger, faster team. Here’s our 2 cents about where the battles will take place at camp and who to keep your eye on. In part 1 of our training camp primer, we’ll examine the offense. [Read more…]