Mini Camp

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will hold their annual spring mini-camp next week.

The camp is scheduled from Tuesday, April 25 to Thursday, April 27 at Tim Hortons Field.

The three days will feature rookies, free agents and negotiation-list players.

All mini-camp practices begin at 11 a.m. and are open to the public.

The Ticats will open their main training camp on May 28.

Looking forward to seeing Kaepernick and RG3 :rockin:

It doesn't feel right...the Leafs are still playin' and we're talkin' Ticat camp dates. :lol:

A good read here on upcoming minicamp

60 seeking to impress Ticat coaches

[i]"One of those vacant positions is undoubtedly at kicker and the Ticats are expected to have at least six players at mini-camp hoping to impress Austin and new special teams co-ordinator, Dennis McKnight.

Jordan Gay, who served as a kickoff specialist for 33 games over three seasons with Buffalo Bills before being released last December, will be among them. So will Sergio Castillo, who was originally signed by the Ticats before seeing limited time with Winnipeg and Ottawa the last two seasons."[/i]

"Beyond the kicker, the Ticats will likely be looking for qualified candidates at a couple of other key spots. The departure of American starting tackle Drake Nevis via free agency has created an opening along the defensive line and the secondary will feature fierce competition for at least two and potentially three vacancies: the team currently has a whopping 22 defensive backs under contract and as many as a dozen of them could be in attendance next week."

"And while the mini-camp roster will be packed largely with unknowns there will be a few quasi-familiar faces in attendance, mostly players who still qualify as rookies because they have not yet appeared in eight CFL games.
That list likely includes defensive backs Cleshawn Page and Elroy Douglas as well receiver Brian Tyms, who played well in limited action late last season."

much more here

[url=http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/7249362-60-seeking-to-impress-ticat-coaches/]http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/724 ... t-coaches/[/url]

Speaking of Mini Camp starting tomorrow, 2 more players got signed today, just in time.

TIGER-CATS SIGN LINEBACKER TAVARRES AND DEFENSIVE BACK SULLEN

http://ticats.ca/?p=40956
8) Correction....The Leafs are not playing anymore....except on the golf course :lol:

A place their very very accustom to. :roll: :cowboy:

yay, more DBs

I like the abundance of DBs actually. A diamond in the rough is the best thing we can do right now. A proven starter isn't falling in our lap and developing one is fiscally prudent.

Did you see the actual # of DBs compared to other positions also of need?

23 at last count or exactly half of a game day roster worth of DB's to sift through for what will probably amount to maybe 10 -12 jobs tops including the active / reserve / practice and IL . By the way , look for more then a few of these DB candidates to be auditioning for the vacant SAM lb position as well .

Lets face it our secondary last year with very few exceptions was our Defence's achilles heel most nights and basically a very hot tire fire most of the year due to injury / incompetency / lack of depth /continuity etc etc . Changes had to be made . It was in my opinion without a doubt the worst secondary this team has fielded since the forgettable 2012 season when our DB's were akin to having a 5 man burn unit out on the field basically every game . :oops:

Personally I honestly feel like our secondary we are putting together for this season has the potential to be one of the best if not the best in the entire league this year . That is if and it's a very big if it seems with this team , we can actually stay away from serious injuries that unfortunately put the secondary behind the eight ball last year from day one of T.Camp . It was something we never fully recovered from and it got progressively worse as the season went along .

So I'm liking and really not minding all the signings of DB's this off-season . Like I said a good number of them will be tried out at SAM and as for the rest of them ? Strength in numbers is always a good thing in my book , the more we can keep around town the better . Hopefully we will be better prepared and equipped this year from the start unlike last season where from the get go the obvious lack of depth in the secondary was blatantly apparent and was sorely lacking and hurt this team all season long .

Drew Edwards?Verified account @scratchingpost 11m11 minutes ago
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Seven kickers on the field before #Ticats mini-camp punting in the rain. So that competition has already begun. #CFL

Minicamp roster

Coach Ptaszek with receiver drills.

Grover my man thanks for the great pics. :smiley: :thup:

Grover is the man! :smiley: :smiley: Thanks for your time and efforts in the off season. This adds to the sanity plus side of my ledger. :thup:

Pat Lynch (the old guy)

Drew Edwards?Verified account @scratchingpost 1m1 minute ago

#Ticats sign QB Matt Johnson, which I already told you about, and WR Devon Breaux. That last name sounds familiar... (yes, they're related.)

No such thing as a bad Breaux! :wink:

They will be on the field for minicamp today

More pics from yesterday, from the Spec

Coach loving it

https://i0.wp.com/specphotos.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mini-camp011a.jpg?resize=980%2C745

ST Coach Dennis McKnight

https://i2.wp.com/specphotos.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mini-camp210a.jpg?resize=980%2C664

Masoli

https://i1.wp.com/specphotos.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mini-camp178a.jpg?resize=980%2C863

Alex Green

https://i0.wp.com/specphotos.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mini-camp108.jpg?resize=1429%2C1800

Collaros

https://i2.wp.com/specphotos.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mini-camp038a.jpg?w=1557

:lol: I like it...I wondered the same thing when I saw the name. Lets hope he does well too. :thup:

They're not related.

Drew Edwards?Verified account @scratchingpost 6h6 hours ago
The #Ticats are tackling a giant lime green doughnut at mini-camp today. It appears faster than Ricky Ray.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-XkvSuVwAAGp5P.jpg

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Nice wrap up of Minicamp by Drew vEdwards

Magic Eight Ball: Things we learned from Ticats mini-camp
Posted on April 27, 2017 by Drew Edwards // 1 Comment

The Ticats wrapped up three days of mini-camp on a beautiful Thursday with a final session at Tim Hortons Field. Here are eight things we learned.

  1. Of the nearly 50 players on the roster, expect about two dozen or so to be invited back for main camp at the end of May. Vice-president of football operations and head coach Kent Austin gathered everybody at mid-field at the conclusion of the last practice to thank the players for their effort. For some of these players, this will be their last experience in professional football.

  2. The seven kickers held one final kicking session on Thursday morning and it’s likely three will be back for main camp: former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Sergio Castillo, ex-Buffalo Bill Jordan Gay and 31-year-old Craig Peterson, who most recently kicked in the Arena League.

  3. Receiver Brian Tyms, who played two games with the team at the tail end of last season, had a strong camp and will likely be in contention for a starting job alongside Terrence Tolliver and Luke Tasker. Another pass catcher who stood out was Ed Williams, who made a number of tough catches, including an impressive one-hander over the middle on Thursday. Felix Flaubert-Lussier, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2016 CFL Draft, has cut 15 pounds and looked quicker and more agile than he did at training camp last season.

  4. The Ticats need to upgrade their secondary and some strong candidates may have emerged this week, including former New York Giant and Baltimore Raven Will Hill, who has 32 NFL starts to his credit but ran afoul of the league’s substance abuse policy (he’s been suspended four times, reportedly for marijuana use.) Other defensive backs who had a solid week: Cheatham Norrils, Keon Lyn and Cleshawn Page.

  5. With the team likely to start two American offensive tackles this season, they’ll need some depth behind (and competition for) veterans Xavier Fulton and Jeremy Lewis. UCLA alum Malcolm Bunche looked solid, as did former Bruin Torian White. Jordan Swindle may have done enough to warrant a longer look as well.

  6. New special teams coordinator Dennis McKnight certainly made a sizable first impression. A former NFL offensive lineman and long snapper who spent 12 years in the league, the 57-year-old coaches with an impressive amount of energy and volume.

  7. Quarterback Matt Johnson got a number of compliments on his flashy powder blue high top cleats, which he borrowed from a former teammate before a recent workout. But given that they could easily be mistaken for Toronto Argonaut colours, Johnson says he’ll retire them if and when he returns for main camp (and given what he showed the last couple of days, it’s likely he will.)

  8. Up next for the Ticats: figure out the ratio or where they want to start their seven national players on offence and defence. The team has plenty of Canadian talent – they could likely start as many as 11 – but it’s spread over a number of positions, which is great for flexibility but makes roster planning more difficult. Once they decide a general direction, they can dial in their draft strategy and fill in the rest of the training camp roster.

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