Edmonton Elks Coaching Camp Day 3: Secondary loaded with expertise – Edmonton | Globalnews.ca

2021-07-13 05:35:50

The final time we noticed the Edmonton Elks on the soccer area was the Japanese Division Last in Edmonton towards the Tiger-Cats.

The starters within the secondary on that day had been Tyquwan Glass, Josh Johnson, Jordan Hoover, Brian Walker and Godfrey Onyeka. After two on-field days of coaching camp for the Elks, the secondary seems vastly totally different and is loaded with veterans: Jonathon Mincy, Trumaine Washington, Jermaine Gabriel, Aaron Grymes and Jonathon Rose.

Between the 5 gamers, they’ve performed a mixed 288 CFL video games, collected 4 divisional All-Star picks, a CFL All-Star choice and have received three Gray Cup championships. Elks head coach Jamie Elizondo stated it’s a giant consolation as an offensive coach having a lot expertise within the secondary.

“As a play-caller however most significantly as a quarterback, it offers you great confidence since you’re not afraid to make a mistake as a quarterback,” Elizondo stated. “When you might have a defence that’s stout, agency and aggressive, you can also make a mistake realizing that they’re going to get it again by some means — they’re going to have your again they usually’re going to cowl you.

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“I feel one of the best a part of defence — particularly within the again finish — is there’s fixed speaking. That’s what nice defences are constructed on is communication.”

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Grymes is again for his third stint with the inexperienced and gold. He’s presently lining up beside Rose on the large aspect of the sector and stated the chemistry is constructing quick.

“Man, J-Rose has been superior thus far. We’ve already been speaking about life, and that’s the largest factor is being comfy with one another so when it does come to the sector, no matter you do, I’ll make you proper and vice-versa,” Grymes stated.

“That is solely our second follow and we’re already keying in on issues like that. Having Brian Walker beside me, the chemistry is already there and that’s one thing that’s stunning to see.”

There received’t be any pre-season video games this season, solely scrimmages. Rose stated communication goes to be his group’s greatest buddy going into the common season.

“Now we have to do all of it at follow and we’ve got a brief time frame, so we go from camp to sport planning,” Rose stated.

“Normally we’ve got that sport simulation, so with out it, we’re utilizing this camp to get all of our communication down from throughout the board so there’s no hesitation or gray space in anyone’s play.”

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Participant Profile

66 Matt O’Donnell OL

6’11 350 kilos 32 years outdated


Matthew O’Donnell takes the Grey Cup into the stands with the fans following his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks of the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.

Matthew O’Donnell takes the Gray Cup into the stands with the followers following his groups win over the Ottawa Redblacks of the 103rd Gray Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.


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It appeared for some time that after eight years and a Gray Cup Championship in inexperienced and gold, Matt O’Donnell can be altering colors for 2021.

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After free company handed in February, the Elks and O’Donnell had not come to phrases on a brand new deal. The largest man on the Elks’ coaching camp roster — listed as 6’11” and 350 kilos — performed the affected person sport ready till the CFL’s return-to-play plan was official earlier than he made his transfer. Then, performing as his personal agent after the shocking dying of his agent Jonathon Hardaway, he went to work. O’Donnell started to make calls the week of June 14 and got here near a take care of two totally different groups within the CFL East.

“I mainly put my free company on maintain till there was a stable basis that we had been transferring in the direction of a season,” stated the 32-year-old, who spoke with all 9 groups earlier than deciding to return to Edmonton

“I haven’t hidden the truth that I’ve wished to play my entire profession right here. I’ve cherished my time right here and am fortunate to re-sign right here, and I can’t wait to get on the market.”

His focus is now all in regards to the 2021 season and the Elks. He stated strolling into Commonwealth Stadium once more was a reasonably good feeling.

“It feels good to be house — Edmonton is my house,” O’Donnell stated. “I’m taking part in the place I wish to play, my locker continues to be there, identical quantity, shoulder pads and helmet, all nonetheless there.

“It’s thrilling to be again on the town and put the pads on.”

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Roster Notes

No roster strikes had been made on Monday.

The Elks are again on The Brick Subject at Commonwealth Stadium at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. All coaching camp periods are closed to the general public.

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