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RedBlacks’ Brad Sinopoli Talks Big Game Against Montreal

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Ottawa RedBlacks wide receiver Brad Sinopoli hadn’t recorded a 100-yard game since June 29th of 2017, so his big game against the Montreal Alouettes was long overdue.

Sinopli was a big reason that Ottawa defeated Montreal 28-18 in Week 4, collecting a career-high 11 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown.

“In this receiving corps, guys have big weeks and then they focus on that guy. Then other guys have the opportunity to step up,” Sinopoli told OttawaREDBLACKS.com on Monday.

Ottawa now takes on the Calgary Stampeeders, who have yet to suffer defeat this season.

“It was a struggle last game for us. It always is, they just know what they’re doing. They show a lot of different looks, they try not to give anything up deep. They try to just let you throw shallow stuff, and rally and make the tackle, and they’re really good at making the tackle” Sinopli said.

“You can see the way this league’s going to be this year. You want to cash in on any chance you have,” REDBLACKS head coach Rick Campbell told the media following practice at TD Place Stadium on Monday. “We’re playing the only undefeated team and we’re back at home so it’s another great opportunity.”

“We want sustained excellence, and part of that is sustained health” Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell said.

“We’re trying to do a good job at maintaining these guys. It’s a long season, but part of it is being smart and part of it is luck, so we want to do the part we can control and ensure we keep people as healthy as we can.”

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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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