Brandon Boudreaux has no hard feelings towards the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after being traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The defensive end became a member of the Green and White last week after over two seasons with the Ti-Cats.
"This is a business-driven league. Everything happens for a reason," said Boudreaux. "I'm here for a reason and it couldn't have been a better time. Honestly, I'm happy to be here."
You couldn't blame Boudreaux if was bitter after only playing in three games this season; he was a starter the last two seasons.
"I just think within the system some guys stepped up when I wasn't able to play and they made the most of their opportunity," said Boudreaux. "Football is all about next man up and if next man up is doing well, why change it?"
Even though he was stuck on the sidelines, Boudreaux helped out those on the field.
Head Coach Corey Chamblin told reporters on Tuesday that Boudreaux will likely play on Friday night against the Calgary Stampeders. His role could be a bit of a hybrid. On Tuesday's practice, Boudreaux was working with the defensive backs and linebackers at times in pass coverage but was also doing work with the defensive line against the run. The team was even experimenting a little bit with a five-man defensive line.
Chamblin likes what he's seen so far from Boudreaux.
"He has to get used to the defence, get used to the way we do things. But, for the most part, I think he did some good things," he said. "I will tell you, he's phenomenal in his preparation, he's been here super early and he stays super late. He's going to make sure that he asks as many questions as possible."
Boudreaux has been quick to pick up on life in Saskatchewan as well; he even went to Twitter on Sunday to invite fans to meet him at the hotel he's currently staying at. Boudreaux said no one took up his offer, though.
"People thought I was joking around," said Boudreaux, who will be at the Ramada this week and still wants fans to stop by. "I was there. I was waiting. I had my phone ready to take pictures."
The biggest development on the quarterback situation came from General Manager Brendan Taman on Monday. In a media interview, he suggested the team hopes to activate Darian Durant for the team's second-last game of the season in Calgary and that he start their next game against Edmonton.
Taman still wasn't made available to comment on the situation on Tuesday but Chamblin's thoughts on what could be happening are much more subdued.
"We've had discussions, but I have to see it first," he said. "He's not even to the point where he's gripping a ball and throw it. It doesn't matter what we're told, I'll just hold those thoughts until we actually see where is progression and his rehab is."
As for who might start Friday night against Calgary, Chamblin said he would tell the quarterbacks first on Tuesday. Chamblin wouldn't let any hints slip who it might be beforehand.
Pretty good read...and smart man...openning yourself up to the Fanbase in Sask can do wonders for you. That said, he needs to play a few down of footbal, THEN have the open house...I am sure if he plays well he would be over the moon with the response to it.