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All while helping the team take shape on the field, training camp is there to help develop relationships and the chemistry between players, which should follow them for the entire season. That is exactly what is happening during the Montreal Alouettes Mise-o-jeu training camp.
This kind of thing is bound to happen when the players spend so much time together and find themselves lining up next to each other on a football field on a Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Receiver Stephen Adekolu arrived to practice dancing and signing, which relaxed the atmosphere and made a few teammates laugh. Shortly after, defensive end Jesse Joseph was having a laugh with defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye. You can sense that all this bonding is creating a great atmosphere in the nest.
“We feel that we are developing a good chemistry in our team. We have been together for two weeks. The guys are more and more aware of their role and there is more communication between us. We have been working hard since the beginning and everyone is following the plan. When a group of players give themselves to the maximum, good things happen,” said linebacker Hénoc Muamba.
The Alouettes practiced on one of the fields at the Université de Montréal Cepsum… Eugene Lewis caught a 45-yard pass from Drew Willy during simulated play… CFL officials also got to practice as a few of them were on site and were calling penalties and setting the balls for the next plays… Running back Ryder Stone continued running the ball with authority. Hard to believe he was drafted only a few weeks ago… Tommie Campbell keeps showing why he is one of the best at his position. On one play, he stuck to Chris Williams like a leach would before knocking down the pass sent that way… Quarterback Drew Willy and receiver Ernest Jackson were once teammates at the University of Buffalo. The chemistry between the two still exists as they both hooked up on a few plays on Sunday, including one for a touchdown… Chris Williams showed his speed once again today. He caught many passes from quarterback Drew Willy and ran with the ball… Jesse Joseph scored some points during an exercise against the offensive line. He was able to dodge his cover and get to the quarterback. He showed great physical strength … On this drill, the offensive linemen also showed good things. Trey Rutherford, Philip Blake and Luc Brodeur-Jourdain were protecting the quarterback very well and defensive line players had nowhere to go… Running back Stefan Logan gained a lot of yards after a few punt returns. His second effort was often rewarded.
The Alouettes have added international receiver Marcel Caver to the roster. The former Winston-Salem State University receiver took part in the team’s 2017 spring camp. The club released international linebackers Robbie Meade and Justin Gibbons and added national linebacker D.J. Lalama to the six-game injured list.
The following is the Alouettes schedule for the next few days. For a full schedule, click HERE.
Monday, June 4
Montreal Alouettes Foundation annual golf tournament at Club de golf de l’Île de Montréal (3700 Damien Gauthier in Montreal)