Winnipeg Blue Bombers rookie quarterback Chris Streveler is making some impressive strides in his development with the team.
“That list has shrunk dramatically from week one to this week,” Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said this week (h/t CFL.ca). “As long as you’re not seeing repeated mistakes there is a lot of growth there.”
Streveler has made leaps since being a 3rd string signal caller in training camp.
“The thing I try to do is focus every single day on what I have to do that day to get better and help the team,” Streveler said. “It’s a day by day process for me, especially still being so new to the league.
“Every single day I think I have the opportunity to learn something new and pick something up that I didn’t know the day before or something I can improve on from the day before.”
As of now, Streveler carries a quarterback rating of 94.9, second best in the league, tossing for 429 yards and a league leading 6 touchdowns.
“He’s a very unique young man,” said Bob Nielson who was Streveler’s coach the last two years with the South Dakota Coyotes. “I’ve been a coach at the college level 25 years, coached a lot of very talented players. It doesn’t surprise me at all that Chris has hit the ground running and been able to provide an impact for the Blue Bombers’ program.”
“He immediately not just became a good player and a good quarterback, he became a tremendous leader,” said Nielson. “He is an exceptionally hard worker that went along with his talent as a quarterback.
“He’s a quicks study. He’s very football smart. If you show him something once he’s got it. He really is able to process information very quickly.”
Streveler has had to make an adjustment to the CFL since coming into the league.
“I didn’t know anything about the league,” he said. “I never really watched the game, didn’t know what a waggle was.
“When I got here it was pretty well all fresh.”
Streveler credits the lessons he learned from the early mistakes he made in his first game against Edmonton.
“Throughout the first game I am seeing different pictures and seeing different things and getting acclimated to the speed of an actual game,” he said. “I learned from the mistakes and learned from some things we did well.
“I think anytime you can get some game experience under your belt it makes you that much more ready to get into that experience again.”
Streveler is ready for Friday’s game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“It’s the overall experience of seeing different pictures,” Streveler said. “Every single day at practice I’m going against our defence and seeing the different ways they are playing and going to games and seeing how teams try to play us.
“Being around Canadian defences for a month I’m trying to soak up as much information as I can just to see all the different pictures and all the ways people are playing. That’s the thing I have to learn and get better at.”’
Stampeders’ Bo Levi Mitchell Ruled Out
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has been ruled out for Week 9’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday.
Mitchell was able to return to practice on Tuesday, and was able to make a number of throws at various distances and lengths, but the team ultimately decided that he was not ready for action just yet.
Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson had left the door open for Mitchell to dress against Winnipeg, but now he is not going to dress for the game either.
Mitchell, for his part, is remaining upbeat about his injured shoulder.
“It felt great” Mitchell said on Tuesday, according to TSN. “I didn’t really want to take the helmet off…overall, I felt pretty good.
“That’s Dave (Dickenson’s) decision. Dave and Huf (GM John Hufnagel) – let those guys decide.”
Mitchell will now set his sights on Week 10, where he could return as the team takes on the Montreal Alouettes at home.
Roughriders Acquire Eskimos’ Kenny Stafford
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired American wide receiver Kenny Stafford in a trade from the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for wide receiver Christion Jones, according to announcements on Monday.
Stafford, 29, has collected 30 receptions this season for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns so far this season.
Jones, a return specialist, has returned 111 punts for 1,441 yards and three touchdowns during his career.
Redblacks Release Jeff Knox Jr.
The Ottawa Redblacks have released veteran linebacker Jeff Knox Jr., according to an official team announcement on Monday.
Knox, 27, signed with Ottawa last off season and appeared in only one game for the Redblacks this season.
Knox has notched 231 tackles, three sacks and one interception in 51 career games.
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