Training Camp

For some reason, there has been no Training Camp schedule released by the TiCats yet even though it starts in 3 days.

I got this from the CFLPA site(key dates) https://cflpa.com/key-dates/

MAY 27 TRAINING CAMP – ROOKIES REPORT FOR MEDICALS & PRACTICE

MAY 30 TRAINING CAMP – VETERANS REPORT FOR MEDICALS

MAY 31 TRAINING CAMP – PRACTICES COMMENCE FOR EVERYONE

No on-field rookie camp again for Tiger-Cats

By Drew Edwards

[b]For the second straight season, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will not hold an on-field rookie camp. The reason: not enough rookies.

Several CFL teams will open their 2015 training camps on Wednesday with a three-day session for first-year players. The Ticats, however, will bring in their rookies for two days of classroom sessions starting on Thursday, with no on-field component.

Veterans report Saturday, with the first practice set for Sunday.

The team is expected to have fewer thantwo dozen first-year players on their roster when main camp gets underway and most attended the team's off-season workouts at the end of April.

The club made a series of roster moves on Tuesday, adding international linebacker Serderius Bryant, as well as international defensive backs Bobby Felder, Antoine Lewis and Cleshawn Page.

The club released Canadian linebacker Pawel Kruba, as well as five Americans: running back Jeff Scott and defensive backs Drayton Calhoun, Arthur Williams, Ellis Lankster and Michael Coe.

Kruba played in 14 games last season exclusively on special teams and was signed to a new contract in March but the Ticats drafted four linebackers in May's CFL draft, including the University of Montreal's Byron Archambault with 17th overall pick.

Lankster and Coe both have NFL experience and were thought to be candidates to replace the departed Delvin Breaux, who is now with the New Orleans Saints. But Coe has decided to retire from football and Lankster has an injury that would have prevented him from passing his physical at camp.

The team also officially announced the retirement of Canadian offensive lineman Joel Reinders and international defensive lineman Dan Giordano.[/b]

[url=http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/5645727-no-on-field-rookie-camp-again-for-tiger-cats/]http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/564 ... iger-cats/[/url]

I like this. I always found that rookies were at a disadvantage having 3 days of exertions when the vets showed up fresh. This is a good compromise.

TIGER-CATS OPEN TRAINING CAMP MAY 31 IN HAMILTON

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are set to open their 2015 Training Camp presented by Nissan on Sunday, May 31 at Ron Joyce Stadium. All of the teams’ practices and media availabilities will be held at the stadium, which is located on the campus of McMaster University. The Ticats will play two preseason games: June 8 vs. Ottawa at Tim Horton Field, and June 19 at Winnipeg.

SUNDAY, May 31
8:30 a.m. – Practice at Ron Joyce Stadium
Tiger-Cats players and coaches will be available to the media on the field immediately following practice (approximately 1 p.m.)
ENG cameras are permitted to film on-field activities from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 11:00-11:15 a.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 1
8:30 a.m. – Practice at Ron Joyce Stadium
Tiger-Cats players and coaches will be available to the media on the field immediately following practice (approximately 1 p.m.)
ENG cameras are permitted to film on-field activities from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 11:00-11:15 a.m.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2
8:30 a.m. – Practice at Ron Joyce Stadium
Tiger-Cats players and coaches will be available to the media on the field immediately following practice (approximately 11:10 a.m.)
ENG cameras are permitted to film on-field activities from 8:30-9:15 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3
8:30 a.m. – Practice at Ron Joyce Stadium
Tiger-Cats players and coaches will be available to the media on the field immediately following practice (approximately 1 p.m.)
ENG cameras are permitted to film on-field activities from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 11:00-11:15 a.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4
8:30 a.m. – Practice at Ron Joyce Stadium
Tiger-Cats players and coaches will be available to the media on the field immediately following practice (approximately 1 p.m.)
ENG cameras are permitted to film on-field activities from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 11:00-11:15 a.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5
8:30 a.m. – Practice at Ron Joyce Stadium
Tiger-Cats players and coaches will be available to the media on the field immediately following practice (approximately 11:10 a.m.)
ENG cameras are permitted to film on-field activities from 8:30-9:15 a.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6
8:30 a.m. – Practice at Ron Joyce Stadium
Tiger-Cats players and coaches will be available to the media on the field immediately following practice (approximately 11 a.m.)
ENG cameras are permitted to film on-field activities from 8:30-9:15 a.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. – Walk through at Tim Hortons Field – No Media Availability

MONDAY, JUNE 8

7:30 p.m. –PRE-SEASON GAME #1 vs. Ottawa at Tim Hortons Field
*Please e-mail agogishvili@ticats.ca)

FRIDAY, JUNE 19
2nd PRESEASON GAME at Winnipeg

Great stuff here from Drew Edwards

The Ticats training camp preview

[b]Going into training camp, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have more answers than questions – and that’s a good thing.

The team is coming off two straight Grey Cup appearances and heading into the third season under vice-president of football operations Kent Austin, which means the roster – and, more importantly, the organizational philosophy – is a full representation of his vision.

This is now Austin’s team on every level.

Of the 46 players on the roster for last season’s championship game, 42 are back – including 22 of 24 starters – so the Ticats start the season with a number of key pieces already in place.

That said, injuries and the emergence of new talent will inevitably bring some change. With that in mind, let’s take a position-by-position look at the 2015 Ticats as camp begins.

Quarterback

While the Ticats have themselves a bona fide starter in Zach Collaros – who played at an elite level from Labour Day on last season – the situation behind him is far from set. The three other quarterbacks currently on the roster have started a grand total of two CFL starts among them.

Jeremiah Masoli started last season as the No. 2 man and took over the starting job when Collaros went down with a concussion in Week 2. That experiment lasted two games before he was replaced by the now-departed Dan LeFevour, and Masoli had been bumped all the way down to No. 3 by the time the stretch run arrived. Still, if the season started today, Masoli would likely be the back up by default.

But expect sophomore Jacory Harris to make a strong push for the job. He spent last season learning the complex system run by Austin and offensive co-ordinator Tommy Condell and has impressed the organization with his smarts and commitment. Newly-signed Jeff Matthews, who played for the Austin-Condell tandem at Cornell, will likely need some time to adjust to the CFL game.

The two pre-season games will go a long way to determining who begins the season as Collaros’ understudy.

Running back

The Ticats have excellent depth at this position with C.J. Gable, the 2013 East Division most outstanding rookie, Nic Grigsby (who likely should have won the award last year), and second-year man Mossis Madu. But make no mistake: if Gable is healthy, the job is his to lose.

Foot and shoulder problems limited Gable to just seven games last year but the Ticats showed their faith in him by inking him to a contract extension in the off-season. His unparalleled versatility – he can run, catch passes out of the backfield and is excellent in pass protection – makes him a perfect fit for Austin’s offence.

The Ticats also signed Canadian Anthony Woodson, who will likely see some time in certain offensive packages but will fill a valuable backup role behind the American starter.

A lack of depth behind fullback C.O. Prime – who was remarkably durable last season – is also a concern.

Receivers

This is a strong unit on paper but nonetheless comes with some interesting questions coming into the season.

Luke Tasker and Andy Fantuz can likely be written in as starters, but Fantuz’s durability – he hasn’t played a full season since joining the Ticats in 2012 – remains a concern. Brandon Banks will certainly see some time on offence but can’t be an every-down player given his contribution on special teams.

After that, it’s something of a free-for-all with a mix that includes veteran Bakari Grant, experienced guys such as Quincy McDuffie and Terrell Sinkfield, and newcomers like Tiquan Underwood and Terence Tolliver. There’s plenty of skill there but how it shakes out will be one of the story lines to watch in training camp.

The loss of Sam Giguere to free agency means the team will start just one Canadian receiver (they started two for most of the last two seasons), and the depth behind Fantuz is untested. A season-ending Achilles injury to free agent acquisition Spencer Watt leaves the team with S.J. Haidara, Giovanni Aprile and Matt Coates, who have a combined nine career catches between them.

Offensive line

The ratio change at receiver means the Ticats are likely to start three Canadian offensive linemen after starting three Americans for much of last season.

The acquisition of veteran Ryan Bomben in a draft-day trade with Montreal and the return of a fully healthy Pete Dyakowski gives the Ticats two legit starting guards to bookend centre Mike Filer, while veteran Tim O’Neill and youngsters Landon Rice and Carson Rockhill provide some depth.

After playing guard much of last season, look for all-star Brian Simmons to move back to tackle while Joel Figueroa, Jake Olson and Jeremy Lewis battle it out for the other starting spot.

Defensive line

Another position of strength for the Ticats, who return all four starters from the Grey Cup game – tackles Ted Laurent and Bryan Hall, ends Justin Hickman and Eric Norwood – and benefit from the return of Brian Bulcke, who missed the latter half of last season due to injury.

Even with the season-ending injury to Linden Gaydosh, the Ticats have plenty of depth at Canadian tackle with Michael Atkinson, Hasan Hazime and Evan Gill (when he’s fully recovered from knee surgery.)

The only thing the Ticats need from camp is some depth behind Hall and the two defensive ends.

Linebackers

Again, this unit returns intact with all-star Simoni Lawrence patrolling the weak side, Taylor Reed in the middle and strong starter Erik Harris all back this season. The addition of veteran Johnny Sears gives the Ticats another option at the SAM position, and newcomer Dan Molls is a player to watch in the middle.

Hamilton also has a plethora of young Canadian linebackers, led by Frederic Plesius, who could give the team another option if it needs to make a ratio change. The team also believes that rookie Byron Archambault also has the potential to be a starter down the road.

Defensive backs

The loss of all-star Delvin Breaux presents the Ticats with their biggest question this side of backup quarterback: Who plays the short side corner spot?

Veterans Brandon Stewart and Ed Gainey saw some time there during OTAs and would appear to be early contenders, though the team has also brought in a number of American defensive backs to audition.

Expect Rico Murray to find a spot on defence somewhere – he’s versatile enough to play three spots – while safety Craig Butler and corner Courtney Stephen provide the club with two solid Canadian starters in the secondary. While the team has solid depth behind Butler, there doesn’t appear to be another national corner who could fill Stephen’s spot if he goes down.

Special teams

Brandon BanksJustin Medlock returns as the team’s kicker and punter, and his strong, accurate leg will be even more valuable with extra points now coming from the 32 yards away.

With Banks, McDuffie and Sinkfield, the Ticats have three players who returned kicks for touchdowns last season and should well positioned to take advantage of the new special team rules that emphasize the return game.

How the coverage teams adapt to the new rules is a question teams across the league are facing, and the Ticats will need to get the most out of big-bodied Canadians like Beau Landry, Arnaud Gascon-Nadon and Archambault.[/b]

[url=http://3downnation.com/2015/05/30/the-ticats-training-camp-preview/]http://3downnation.com/2015/05/30/the-t ... p-preview/[/url]

Training Camp at Mac is underway

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 39m39 minutes ago
#Ticats training camp about to get started. In the rain, wind & cold. It's not nice out here. At all. #CFLTC

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 12m12 minutes ago
#Ticats of note not practicing on day one: WR Giovanni Aprile, RB Anthony Woodson, S Neil King. #CFLTC

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 34m34 minutes ago
Burlington native & @westernmustangs QB Will Finch is attending #Ticats camp again this season. Was here in 2012 as well. #CFLTC #CFL

At Camp working the defense, This is what you get when you draft five LB's! :wink:

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 1h1 hour ago
Don’t read too much into this but... WR @TToliver80 taking reps with the first team on day one of #Ticats training camp. #CFLTC

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 1h1 hour ago
#Ticats DB Brandon Stewart nursing an injury, doing limited work. Emanuel Davis at boundary corner with the first unit. #CFLTC

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 16m16 minutes ago
Again, it’s the first day... but Jeremiah Masoli taking second team reps behind QB @ZCollaros7 at #Ticats camp. #CFLTC

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 2m2 minutes ago
First of two sessions at #Ticats training camp done. Quick break, then back at it. #CFLTC

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 40m40 minutes ago
#Ticats have cancelled the second practice of the day due to, I’m assuming, weather. :expressionless:

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 2m2 minutes ago
#Ticats coach Kent Austin on miserable weather on first day of #CFLTC: “It was good for mental toughness to open up this way.?

After a LONG COLD WINTER it's time for pads and playbook! :thup: :rockin: 8) Lets get it on!

Today was more like November weather - so it was like playoff weather today. So it was a taste of the playoffs day at training camp. lol

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 8m8 minutes ago
#Ticats training camp day two under way. Cool still but no rain. #CFLTC #CFL

Drew Edwards ? @scratchingpost
There are #CFL officials at #Ticats training camp this morning. Will help with new rules interpretation. #CFLTC

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 55s56 seconds ago
#Ticats not practicing fully today: DB B. Stewart, DE A. Gascon-Nadon, DT E. Gill, WR G. Aprile. #CFLTC #CFL

#Ticats WR @andyfantuz makes a nice two-handed catch on Day 2 of training camp
(even though he only needs one hand).
:cowboy:

Drew Edwards ?@scratchingpost 16m16 minutes ago
Jeremiah Masoli taking second string reps at QB again today for #Ticats. #CFL
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Anyone who's been, or is going to watch camp practice:
I'd appreciate knowing what numbers these players are wearing ... Rico Murray (0), Johnny Sears (0), Julian Posey (37), Bobby Felder (37) and Kevin Henry (0). Bracketed are their numbers as listed on the ticats.ca roster.
Should anyone else be trying to keep an accurate roster, I did see a training camp photo, somewhere, showing Woodson in #18 and Holley #25, which clears up the #25 duplication.

Just a guess on my part,but since Rico Murray already has the #0 jersey then if it’s allowed maybe Sears will be wearing #00 on his jersey this season. As far as I can recall though I can’t ever remember a player wearing a double zero before or if it’s even allowed but I think it would be kinda cool to see Sears and Murray sporting the look on “D” this season. I mean if we can have a #5 (Hickman) and a #6 (Hall) on the line then why not a #0 and #00 in the backfield this season as well :rockin: :slight_smile:

Sears is wearing jersey #3.

Any coaches wearing funny hats ?

Guest coach Lamar McGriggs was wearing a funny hat. It was knee-slapping hilarious. :roll: