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Winnipeg’s Chris Streveler Showing Strong Development

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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.”’

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Alouettes Release Johnny Manziel

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The Montreal Alouettes have released former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Montreal traded two first round draft picks to acquire Manziel last year, and the CFL has announced that it will not approve a Manziel contract should another CFL team attempt to sign him.

Apparently, Manziel violated his contract with the Alouettes, according to the team.

With the AAF in play, and the XFL arriving next season, it is likely that Manziel is looking to latch on with either of those two leagues as opposed to continuing to play in the CFL.

However, if Manziel is looking to draw significant interest his play in the CFL left much to be desired.

Manziel appeared in 8 games for Montreal during his tenure, throwing 5 touchdowns verse 7 interceptions, certainly disappointing numbers that won’t elicit much excitement.

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Argonauts Sign Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson

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Get ready for an endless amount of toilet jokes and bathroom humor because the Toronto Argonauts have signed defensive tackle Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson, according to an official team announcement.

Johnson, 26, has played 25 games over two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after trying to latch on to NFL teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons.

Toronto has been revamping their defensive line and Johnson is another addition that they hope will aid them in their efforts.

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Eskimos’ Mike Reilly Joins 25,000 Passing Yards Club

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Edmonton Eskimos’ signal caller Mike Reilly joined the 25,000 passing yards club on Saturday night after throwing for 424 yards in a 40-24 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

“First 30 minutes, we came out swinging. I thought the guys executed great, guys were making plays all over the field,” Reilly said, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

Despite his stellar performance, the Edmonton offensive line struggled throughout the game with protection, allowing the Alouttes to collect 5 sacks throughout the game, making Reilly’s job that much more difficult in the victory.

“Credit to Montreal. They dialled up the pressure a little bit at the end of the second quarter, and that continued on, really, for the rest of the game,” Reilly said. “Our guys did a good job at picking it up and putting points on the board, but they were a little harder to come by than they were in the first half.”

The victory over Montreal, along with his milestone performance, comes just a few days before Reilly and his wife are expecting their second child.

“It’s going to be nice for the next two days to focus on family,” Reilly stated. “Super excited to welcome another little girl into this world. It’ll be short lived though as we go back to work on Monday evening, and we’ve got a short week before heading out to Hamilton.”

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