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June 1, 2019

Training camp report – Day 13

Montreal Alouettes players were back on the field Saturday morning, for the first time since Thursday’s game in Toronto. The guys watched film and had meetings on Friday, while the coaching staff was also back at work after breaking down the game against the Argonauts.

Vincent Nardone is making his CFL coaching debut as a member of the Alouettes staff. During the winter, he was named Defensive Backs Assistant Coach and Defensive Assistant. He was discovered by Alouettes‘ Director of Football Operations Patrick Donovan when Nardone was Assistant Defensive Coordinator with the Concordia University Stingers. Nardone joined the nest in June 2018 helping out the football operations department. The perfectly bilingual Mascouche, QC native was also a football coach for three years with the Saint-Stanislas Patriotes. He eats, sleeps and dreams football. He constantly analyzes videos of players to find things the Alouettes can take advantage of.

“We are very well surrounded, our staff has been on the same page for a long time. During the off-season, there were meetings, e-mail exchanges and a multitude of phone calls, as well as film exchanges to make sure we all arrived at camp prepared. From the beginning we knew which systems to implement and the role we wanted to give our players. It makes a major difference. Camp is very short to evaluate nearly 90 players, a staff who doesn’t do its homework can end up in trouble very quickly. I consider myself lucky to be helped by Morris Lolar (Defensive Backs Coach) and Bob Slowik (Defensive Coordinator), they are good mentors for me.”

Rapid Fire

Receiver Jake Wieneke made his best Julian Edelman impression during the second practice, as he deflected a Jeff Mathews pass that was just a bit out of his reach, before diving to catch it just before it was about to hit the ground… Wieneke started the practice on a high note as well when he caught a 40-yard pass from Vernon Adams Jr… Receiver Zac Parker saved his best catch of the day for Matthew Shiltz who threw a 35-yard dart straight at him… Punter Boris Bede, long snappers Martin Bédard and Maxime Latour played soccer to warm up at start of the practice, they demonstrated all their abilities with the ball… Ty Cranston made an interception which excited his defensive teammates… Veteran defensive end John Bowman should make his first official appearance on the field in full pads on Sunday. Thus far in camp, he was limited to the role of onlooker.

He said it

“I am excited to be back on the field. I’ve worked hard since the beginning of camp to be able to practice with the guys and today was the day. I felt good out there. I am finally able to contribute to the team and I am focussing on the game against Ottawa on Thursday.”
Ryder Stone

Schedule

Sunday, June 2
8:30 a.m. – Practice at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

Monday, June 3
8:30 a.m. – Practice at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.