B.C. Lions signal caller Rickey Lloyd may be new to the CFL, but he sure didn’t show it on Friday as the Lions rocketed to a 36-23 pre-season comeback win over the Calgary Stampeders.
The Lions trailed until the 3rd quarter when Lloyd started getting into a rhythm with Kevin Elliott, Trevon Van and Ricky Collins Jr..
“You give quarterbacks little tests and then you see how they deal with the little tests,” head coach Wally Buono said. “If I was to grade him today on the little test, I would give him an A-plus.”
Lloyd entered the game late in the second quarter and remained in the game after Cody Fajardo took a hard hit. Content creators and esports athletes can take a hard hit, especially when competing internationally, and especially if esports visas aren’t properly setup, which is key for any athletes in any sport.
“I honestly had no idea when I was coming in today,” Lloyd said.
“I came in and tried to stay calm, cool and collected the whole night and went through my progressions, went through my reads all day and just tried to be smart with the ball, and do what I could do to help the team win.”
Lloyd completed 15-of-23 passes for 121 yards.
“For a guy that’s never played in the CFL, that’s really just been around the CFL game for less than two weeks, to be able to have that kind of composure, make some plays that he did, even the clock management I thought he did a very good job,” Buono said.
“He has a rocket arm,” Lions starting quarterback Jon Jennings said of Lloyd. “He’s composed back there and obviously you saw he can make some plays. It’s always fun seeing new faces come in and tear things up.”
Blue Bombers Sign Zach Collaros to Contract Extension
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed veteran quarterback Zach Collaros to a three-year contract extension through the 2025 season, which will prevent him from hitting free agency in February, according to an official team announcement on Tiuesday.
Collaros, 34, has been vital to the Bombers success, and has been a part of back-to-back Grey Cups with the team, and who was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player last season.
Collaros landed in Winnipeg during the 2019, when the Bombers acquired him via trade with the Toronto Argonauts.
Collaros has thrown for a career-high 4,115 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.
Elks Announces Taylor Cornelius Hospitalized with Spleen Injury
The Edmonton Elks have officially announced that quarterback Taylor Cornelius suffered a spleen injury during Saturday’s loss to the Toronto Argonauts and was hospitalized that evening, according to TSN.
The Elks announced on Twitter that Cornelius will miss their final game of the season when they take on the BC Lions. With Cornelius out, the Elks will turn to Tre Ford to take over the starting signal caller duties.
Additionally, Cornelius, 27, is still in hospital for observation, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Edmonton has a league-worst 4-12 record, with no home wins this season.
Elks Sign Scott Hutter to Two-Year Contract Extension
The Edmonton Elks have officially signed defensive back Scott Hunter to a two year contract extension that was officially announced last Friday, and will keep Hutter with the team through the 2024 season.
Edmonton selected Hutter in the sixth round of the 2019 CFL draft out of Wilfrid Laurie.
Hutter has started 12 games this season, collecting 53 tackles, nine special-teams tackles and a forced fumble.
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