Henry Burris’s right arm was so hot in Hamilton’s 41-28 win over the Alouettes, you could’ve mistaken the smoke in the air for the smoke stacks seen in the distance from the press box side of Ivor Wynne Stadium.
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The 37-year-old pivot carved up Montreal’s secondary to the tune of 326 yards and five touchdowns. More impressively, Burris completed 28 of his 32 pass attempts - only four incompletions meant he had more scoring strikes than misfires.
“My job is to drop back and make the right reads and give the receivers a chance to make plays,” Burris said.
Smilin’ Hank connected with each of his starting five receivers at least three times; with Andy Fantuz leading the way to the tune of seven grabs for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“I think we all expected that every time we stepped on the field it was just going to be easy, but we’re finding out that it’s not,” Burris said of adapting to the many new faces around him on offence this season.
“You can’t just bring guys together, you have to get on the same page, go through the growing pains and learn each others ins and outs.”
Hamilton has now won two of their last three outings, with the lone loss occurring when they were only able to register 12 points off four field goals two weeks ago against the Blue Bombers.
In the two wins, however, Burris and his array of aerial weapons have displayed signs of being an extremely explosive unit, much like everyone expected them to be during training camp in June.
“For us to come out and have that effort like we did against Edmonton, then to go out and lay a goose egg [in Winnipeg], it goes to show you that each and every time we step on the field we have to bring it,” Burris said.
As the offence heats up, so has the pass rush. Hamilton has registered 13 of their 23 sacks this season over its last four contests, with veteran Jermaine leading the way with six sacks over his last four games.
“I’m really getting a chance to play all over the field and make a name for myself in this league,” the 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman said.
McElveen spent his first four seasons with the Alouettes, before landing in the Hammer this past off-season, where he initially met Ticats coordinator Casey Creehan. Creehan was the Alouettes linebacker coach in 2008.
“Me and Coach Creehan go back to when he coached in Montreal,” the 28-year-old said. “I already knew what he expected of me. He lets me play all over the field like I like to do.”
McElveen has lined up at every defensive line spot this season in Creehan’s defensive scheme. From weak side end, nose tackle, three technique or strong side tackle to strong side end - a versatility not seen from many linemen in the CFL.