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TORONTO — All eyes will be on Chris Matthews this week, as he makes his anticipated return to the Blue Bombers lineup.
After rushing for just 42 yards in their season-opener, the Stampeders will be looking for more from their run game this week.
Plus, the Alouettes are nursing injuries, including their All-Star safety and starting quarterback.
All that and more in a busy week of Checking Down:
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– BC also announced the addition of linebacker Khadim Mbaye to the practice roster and the release of linebacker Jerry Iweh from the practice roster (BCLions.com).
– There was plenty of hype of the BC Lions this off-season, but it hasn’t yet translated to victories. Is it too early to be concerned? More in The Weekly Say (CFL.ca).
– Defensive end Mat Boesen‘s journey to a permanent spot on BC’s roster found the first-year Lion driving for Uber after graduation from Texas Christian (Matt Baker, BCLions.com).
– The Esks announced this week that the team has signed offensive lineman J’Michael Deane to the practice roster and the release of linebacker Korey Jones (CFL.ca).
– A two-touchdown performance helped receiver Greg Ellingson to nab a spot on the Shaw Top Performers of the week list (CFL.ca)
– Special teams are an important part of any football game and kicker Sean Whyte has been almost automatic for the Eskimos over his career in Edmonton (Esks.com).
– Linebacker Jovon Santos-Knox has been moved to the six-game injured list after sitting on the one-game last week (Edmonton Eskimos).
– Rookie linebacker Vontae Diggs set the tone for the Edmonton Eskimos defence against the BC Lions, recording his first career sack on BC’s opening play of the contest (Gerry Moddejonge, Edmonton Sun).
– Receiver DaVaris Daniels was listed as a backup on the team’s depth chart ahead of the team’s contest against the Bombers and could be a game-time decision after he was scratched in last week’s contest (Esks.com).
– Nate Holley played safety for his entire college career and during the years he spent pursuing the NFL but the Stampeders have decided to put him at linebacker and the rookie is more than willing to do whatever the team asks (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun).
– In Week 1, the Stamps combined to rush for 43 yards on 12 attempts, an average of 3.6 yards per carry. The team will be looking for more from their run game against the Lions this week (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun).
– The Roughriders have selected offensive lineman Jake Bennett in the 2019 supplemental draft, forfeiting their third round pick in the 2020 draft (CFL.ca).
– Saskatchewan is set to host their home opener on Canada Day and are pulling out all the stops including the largest Canadian flag in sports, a halftime music act and 30,000 rally towels (CFL.ca).
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
– Edmonton’s run-pass-option offence has been effective thus far, but it’s nothing new to Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea as his team prepares for a Week 3 matchup against the Eskimos (CFL.ca).
– It has been over five years since Chris Matthews suited up for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and now the former Most Outstanding Rookie is finally ready to make his return (Ed Tait, BlueBombers.com).
– Drew Wolitarsky and Matt Nichols have found chemistry together, a connection that started last season according to the receiver, and are hoping it continues as the Bombers return from a bye (Ed Tait, BlueBombers.com).
– As per the team’s depth chart, receiver Kenny Lawler is out of the lineup this week (BlueBombers.com).
– Speaking of Whitehead, the receiver will get the start this week at slot back for the Bombers against Edmonton (BlueBombers.com).
– Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli carved the Toronto Argonauts secondary in Week 2 and was the week’s most accurate passer (Marshall Ferguson, CFL.ca).
– Running back Sean Thomas Erlington was named a top performer after racking up 165 all-purpose yards against the Toronto Argonauts last week (CFL.ca).
– Thomas Erlington has high praise for his offensive line, crediting the unit for his performance, after being named a Top Performer (Ticats.ca).
– After missing Week 2’s contest against the Argonauts, Luke Tasker is still day-to-day but did take part in individual drills at practice earlier this week (Steve Milton, The Hamilton Spectator).
– Toronto added kicker/punter Zack Medeiros to the team’s practice roster and announced that running back Mercer Timmis has retired (CFL.ca).
– Despite losing by 50 points last week, the Argos aren’t considering a quarterback change and are looking to stay calm heading into Saskatchewan to take on the Riders (Dave Naylor, TSN.ca).
– TSN analyst and former quarterback Henry Burris says the REDBLACKS offence tricked the Roughriders defence in the team’s win last week (TSN1200).
– After taking over for an injured Antonio Pipkin in the Als opener, Vernon Adams Jr., says he is still fully supporting the team’s starting pivot (TSN690).
– Montreal is dealing with injuries, the most serious being safety Taylor Loffer, as the team prepares for Hamilton this week (Pat Hickey, Montreal Gazette).