May 11, 2024

5 newcomers to watch in Alouettes training camp

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The defending Grey Cup champions will kick-off their training camp in Saint-Jerome on Sunday at 2:30 pm. All practices are open to the public, so make sure you come and watch practice and meet the players after they’re done on the field. You can check out the entire training camp schedule by clicking here.

Before we get to the list of players, I just want to mention that there are so many talented players that signed with the Alouettes this winter and plenty more that were already part of the organization. I couldn’t list everyone, so these are just a few of the players I’ll be watching in camp.

Cre’Von Leblanc – DB:

The 29-year-old brings loads of NFL experience to the Montreal roster. Leblanc played 52 games (16 starts) over five seasons with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. He amassed 102 solo tackles, two interceptions and one touchdown.

The Als have brought back four of the five starting defensive backs in the secondary from last year’s Grey Cup (Kabion Ento, Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Wesley Sutton, Dionte Ruffin), and returning players like Najee Murray, Kordell Rodgers and Nafees Lyon all made starts on defence at some point last year. The competition will be fierce.

Justin Ademilola – DE & Jayson Ademilola – DT:

I’m cheating by counting the twin brothers from Notre Dame together, but it’s going to be very interesting to see both players battle it out in camp. Making the active roster at defensive tackle will probably be trickier than finding a spot at defensive end, but we’ve seen rookies overtake veterans before.

Justin recorded 35 and 39 total tackles over his final two seasons with the Fighting Irish and he added 8.5 sacks during that stretch. He went undrafted in the 2023 NFL Draft, but he attended Green Bay Packers rookie minicamp last year.

Jayson had 135 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks during his career at Notre Dame. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent last year but was eventually released later on that year.

James Morgan – QB:

The Alouettes only added one new quarterback to the roster this winter and that’s Morgan. The 27-year-old was a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets in 2020. The 6-foot-4, 229-pounder didn’t get playing time in the NFL, but he also had stints with the Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. He played his college football at Bowling Green and Florida International.

Grey Cup MVP Cody Fajardo is back. So are Caleb Evans and Davis Alexander. If Morgan performs well in the preseason, the team could opt to keep four quarterbacks around (three on the active roster, one on the practice squad).

Stevie Scott III – RB:

Do you like touchdowns? If so, Scott might be the running back for you.

In three seasons at Indiana, he scored 30 rushing touchdowns and two more receiving scores. During his freshman year, he ran for over 1,000 yards.

The 23-year-old will be the biggest American running back in camp, as he is listed at 6-foot-2, 231 pounds. He’s the one who physically resembles former Alouette William Stanback the most.

Scott has spent time with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals in the NFL.

The running back battle in camp will arguably be the most fascinating for the Alouettes in 2024. It will be the equivalent to what the receiver situation was like one year ago, and we all know how that turned out.