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With today's signing of linebacker Tim Cheatwood, the Alouettes have further solidified a strong defence that has been among the best in the CFL for the past decade.
Cheatwood will step onto a defensive line that already features several All-Star-calibre players like Anwar Stewart, Ed Philion, Jerome Haywood and R-Kal Truluck. He expects to crack the starting lineup, but is prepared to play whatever role is assigned to him.
“I expect to go into camp in great shape, learn the defence and get going real fast. I’m coming here to be a starter and make a difference. I’ll do my best and go as hard as I can. That should make me a starter,? he said.
Alouettes general manager and head coach Jim Popp was eager to get Cheatwood under contract as soon as he was made available.
“We think he’s one of the best defensive ends in the league. He is coming off an ACL injury, but we feel he’ll be ready if not at the start of the year, close to it. It’s a ‘chance and risk’ signing, but it’s worth it to us,? Popp said.
“I have no idea why Hamilton released him, but he was cut free and we wanted to go and get him. I got on the horn as soon as I saw he was out there and it worked out well for both the Alouettes and for Tim Cheatwood.?
Cheatwood didn’t hesitate at the opportunity to come to Quebec’s metropolis.
“Why not come to Montreal? In my opinion, it’s the best organization in the league. Coming from Hamilton, I have no idea what to expect other that that it seems like coming from last place to first place is a good thing. I don’t know too much about the city itself, but I can’t wait to get there and get started,? he said. “I see it as a beautiful city with great fans and I have nothing but positive feelings about Montreal and the team.?
Cheatwood’s focus will obviously be on stopping opposing offences, but, he said, it helps to have confidence in your own team’s scoring abilities ( another player knocks jason maas? ).
“I know we’ll have a great offence here as well. It’s already a great team and I just want to contribute and make it better.?