VANCOUVER -- The BC Lions entered some uncharted waters last week with the announcement of a three-day mini-camp that starts today and goes until Thursday. It’s the first time the Lions have taken advantage of an off-season workout period under the CFL’s collective bargaining agreement which was renewed in 2010.
“We’ll see how we benefit down the road, but I can’t see it doing anything but benefitting us,” said Lions head coach Mike Benevides. “Dennis Skulsky and Wally Buono do everything they can to help us succeed and this is evidence of that support. I can’t tell you what it means to our coaching staff to have this opportunity seven weeks out from training camp.”
Indeed the logistics behind the camp are more than just having 20 guys show up for meetings and running routes.
“We’ve got flights, accommodations and meals that are all part of the camp,” notes Lions personnel coordinator Neil McEvoy. “It’s an investment in football operations and it’s an investment in our players.”
It's also no small effort for McEvoy as he coordinates both mini-camp while also planning his and Buono's free agent camps in Florida and Georgia this weekend. "It's busy, but you can't ask for anything better in April," beams McEvoy.
Since the Lions benefit from an easier winter than their seven league rivals, a significant number of players reside here in the off-season. Quarterback Travis Lulay, receivers Shawn Gore, Akeem Foster, Marco Iannuzzi and Paris Jackson can pretty much meet up when their respective schedules allow them to do so.
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