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.”’
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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