- Free Agency
TORONTO — This is it: Week 1 of the 2018 CFL season.
With the injury to Matt Nichols, the fresh-faced Chris Streveler has been announced as the Blue Bombers’ starting quarterback against the Eskimos, becoming the first quarterback in 24 years to start Week 1 in the CFL straight out of college.
The Montreal Alouettes are backing Drew Willy as their starting quarterback, but will Eric Rogers suit up in Week 1 with the Stamps?
And finally, what does the future hold for Vernon Adams Jr.?
All this and more in the latest from Checking Down:
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– Jamie Taras and Eric Carter were each a part of the 2000 team that shocked the nation. Now, they’re both headed to the Lions Wall of Fame (Matt Baker, BCLions.com).
– The Lions aren’t making it any secret that Wally Buono’s last season will serve as motivation for Lions (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
– New Lions offensive coordinator Jarious Jackson may lean on explosive Rainey to light the fuse for a revamped offence (JJ Adams, Vancouver Sun)
– 10 players have agreed to sign practice roster spots for Lions following cutdown day (Matt Baker, BCLions.com)
– Sherritt may have set lofty goals, but the Eskimos’ veteran linebacker is ready to work for them (Esks Staff, Esks.com).
– Eskimos face relatively unknown QB as they prepare to battle Bombers. What are the challenges of facing Chris Streveler? (Dave Campbell, CHED)
– Aaron Grymes will not play in Week 1 against Bombers after going on the suspended list (CFL Staff, CFL.ca).
– The task of trying to play in the Grey Cup at home can be pressure-filled, but the Eskimos are ready (Jim Morris, CFL.ca).
– The Stampeders’ defensive line continues to come together as a unit, led by the big men inside (Paul Mawdsley, Stampeders.com).
– Dave Dickenson says the team has yet to make a decision on recently-signed receiver Eric Rogers and whether he’ll play in Week 1 (Sportsnet 960).
– Not enough footballs to share among receivers Calgary receivers? The Stamps’ offence could be hard to predict in 2018 (Daniel Austin, Calgary Sun).
– Micah Johnson returns to potentially dominant Stampeders defence after being absent throughout camp (Daniel Austin, Calgary Sun).
– Seven-year Stampeder WR Anthony Parker was released on cut-down day (CFL Staff, CFL.ca)
– The quarterbacking conundrum continues in Regina as the Riders have not yet named a starter for Week 1 (Iam Hamilton, Riderville.com).
– Veterans Bagg, Owens, Grant and Bond were among Riders cuts over the weekend on a busy cutdown day for Chris Jones (CFL Staff, CFL.ca)
– Getting pressure is the name of the game for a Riders’ D-line that could be the strength of the team in 2018 (Ian Hamilton, Riderville.com).
– His decisions aren’t always popular, but Chris Jones makes tough (and necessary) football decisions (Joel Gasson, 3 Down Nation).
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
– The Blue Bombers announced the list of players released at the conclusion of training camp, with the biggest name being former first overall pick Faith Ekakitie (BlueBombers.com).
– Chris Streveler will slide behind the wheel of one of the Canadian Football League’s most potent offences (Ed Tait, BlueBombers.com).
– While Streveler’s inexperience can’t be argued, Justin Dunk says the quarterback’s off-the-charts athleticism makes him intriguing (Justin Dunk, 3 Down Nation).
– The Ticats agree to terms with RB John White and released receiver Demarr Aultman (CFL.ca).
– After a strong rookie season, Justin Vaughn could be ready for a breakout on the Ticats’ D-line (Matt Hodowany, Ticats.ca).
– Jeremiah Masoli says he’s happy to have the confidence of his coaching staff, but understands no one’s job is safe (TSN).
– The Ticats will reportedly be without running back Alex Green for at least the first two weeks of the season (Louis Butko, TSN).
– Frank Gansz Jr. joins Ticats as special teams coordinator, the team has announced (Ticats.ca)
– He’s still trying to figure out his number, but other than that Abdul Kanneh says he’s fitting in after being traded to the Argos (Frank Zicarelli, Toronto Sun).
– Could the Argos become the first powerhouse the East Division has had since the Montreal Alouettes? The pieces are there in 2018 (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca)
– Ricky Ray says the Riders’ athleticism presents some unique challenges going into Friday night‘s season-opener (Frank Zicarelli, Toronto Sun).
– One of the league’s fastest-rising stars, Diontae Spencer has no plans of slowing down going into his second season in Ottawa (Don Landry, CFL.ca)
– The Alouettes have added more QB depth with the addition of Jeff Mathews (3Down Staff, 3 Down Nation).
– Alouettes co-owner Andrew Wetenhall believes ‘Drew Willy is a great football player‘ (3 Down Nation).
– Offensive tackle Xavier Fulton is taking his mistaken release in stride as he prepares for the season-opener (Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette)