I know John Rambo once said nothing was over but thankfully, the next time we watch CFL football it’s going to count.
[Note: I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEW RAMBO]
These final four preseason games were the last chances for coaches to evaluate talent before they need to have their rosters cut down by 10 P.M. EST tonight.
- All four games were decided by one score including a 20-20 tie between Montreal and Ottawa. The first four games of the preseason all had double digit differences so let’s hope this trend spills over into the regular season.
- I think Vernon Adams Jr. deserves a legitimate shot. I understand that head coach Mike Sherman hasn’t made a decision on Montreal’s starting quarterback and the slight edge may be going to Antonio Pipkin but Adams has the potential to be the most exciting player in the CFL.
- Adams followed that play by evading a defender and completing another pass to Quan Bray, this time for 27 yards and a touchdown. Later on, he showed off his athleticism by gaining 38 yards on the ground in Montreal’s first drive of the second half. Adams’ time in the CFL started on BC’s negotiation list before having his rights traded to the Als for a 2017 first round draft pick. Since then, the 26-year old has spent time with Saskatchewan and Hamilton before returning to the Alouettes last season.
- It’s not like Pipkin didn’t make a case for the gig in this game either. He completed a beauty 72-yard touchdown pass to DeVier Posey who looks like he’s stepped up into a leadership role with this Alouettes offense. For all of the turmoil the Als are experiencing off the field, there are some positive signs on it.
- I don’t get why the RedBlacks didn’t give their newly anointed starting quarterback any reps in this game.
- How about those Argos? They’ve put up 75 points in two preseason games!
- Jim Popp and company have some tough choices to make before the cut down deadline and Justin Dunk is reporting that they’re shopping Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge.
- Breaking News: Lucky Whitehead is fast
- Zach Collaros saw his first action of the preseason in Saskatchewan’s 35-29 loss to Winnipeg on Thursday and seemed to ease some of the concerns surrounding the quarterback position heading into the season. I know it was a loss but Saskatchewan’s 29 points in this one game was 5 more points than they scored in their two 2018 preseason games. How’s that for positive thinking?
- Ty Long, BC’s MOP nominee from last year, is really going to be missed in Vancouver this season. Lions kickers missed FOUR converts.
- BC scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to beat Calgary 39-36 in a fun game to wrap up the preseason. Newcomer Grant Kraemer led the Lions down the field late in the fourth quarter before running back Wayne Moore punched it in for the win. Global player Fernando Richarte had a key 16-yard catch on 3rd down to extend that drive to make it all possible.
- Kraemer wasn’t the only quarterback with a great performance this preseason. Nick Arbuckle [Calgary], Hayden Moore [Hamilton] and Isaac Harker [Saskatchewan] have all made plays showing there just might be a good crop of young quarterbacks in the league.
- Another interesting tidbit from the new CBA is that teams will only be permitted to dress two quarterbacks on game day starting next season. I still don’t know how I feel about that one.
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