Tei­drick Smith ready to tie up QBs for Red­blacks

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do­ing what­ever I can to help get this train on the tracks and move to­ward the play­offs. In­di­vid­u­ally, it’s just elim­i­nat­ing mis­takes and clean­ing up the lit­tle things. If you want to go down as be­ing one of the bet­ter re­ceivers in the league, you have to keep pro­duc­ing.”

Ja­son Lau­zon-Seguin was back in at of­fen­sive tackle for Jake Si­las at Tues­day’s prac­tice, while Adrian James was at SAM line­backer, with An­toine Pruneau shift­ing back to safety. Will James play Thurs­day against Ed­mon­ton? Said Red­blacks coach Rick Camp­bell: “It’s def­i­nitely a pos­si­bil­ity. He’s been on the ros­ter the past few weeks play­ing mainly spe­cial teams. But he’s a guy we’re high on and he keeps de­vel­op­ing. We’re not go­ing to com­mit to it un­til (Wed­nes­day) be­cause I want to watch prac­tice and make sure he knows what he’s do­ing. But I feel com­fort­able with him so far.”

The Red­blacks are try­ing to cre­ate more of a role for re­ceiver/re­turner Quincy Mc­Duffie, who made his Ot­tawa de­but last week and re­turned a missed field goal 50 yards. He saw plenty of time at re­ceiver on Tues­day. Said Camp­bell: “We need to push that along as fast as pos­si­ble. He made two great catches out here, that’s ex­actly what we’re look­ing for — guys who can step up and make tough plays.”

Tra­di­tion­ally, the best party at the Grey Cup is Spirit of Ed­mon­ton, which will shift from its usual ball­room-type of venue to a part­ner­ship Re­ceivers Kenny Shaw (right) and Brad Si­nop­oli talk dur­ing Red­blacks prac­tice yes­ter­day. of Sens House and Low­er­town Brew­ery dur­ing this year’s Grey Cup Week. Re­ally hop­ing that the tra­di­tion holds and Spoiled Rot­ten, an awe­some band out of Monc­ton, is here. Re­ceiver Kenny Shaw is still not tak­ing first-team reps, but a de­ci­sion on when he re­turns to the ros­ter could come Wed­nes­day ... Austin Reu­land, who the Red­blacks se­lected in a sup­ple­men­tal draft a month ago, left the team for per­sonal rea­sons. Of­fi­cially, he’s been sus­pended, but is ex­pected to re­turn soon ... Dur­ing Thurs­day’s game — the an­nual Cana­dian Armed Forces Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Night — there will be a fly­past by two CC-130 Her­cules air­craft (east to west) fol­low­ing the na­tional an­them, at about 7:30 p.m.

Tei­drick Smith ap­pre­ci­ates the op­por­tu­nity the Ot­tawa Red­blacks are giv­ing him.

The 22-year-old de­fen­sive line­man hopes to re­pay them with some tack­les and maybe some sacks real soon.

Smith, the Divi­sion 3 de­fen­sive player of the year with Uni­ver­sity of Mary Hardin-Bay­lor in 2016 af­ter an amaz­ing sea­son with 15 1/2 sacks and 23 1/2 tack­les be­hind the line of scrim­mage, has been get­ting plenty of first-team reps this week in prac­tice. There’s a good chance he makes his CFL de­but Thurs­day night at home against Ed­mon­ton. “We’ve been rep­ping him all week,” Red­blacks coach Rick Camp­bell said on Tues­day. “I would say he’s def­i­nitely a pos­si­bil­ity. We’ll have to see how (in­jured de­fen­sive end Ar­naud) Gas­con-Nadon is do­ing. We’d like to have both of them on, but we’ll see how it plays out.” Smith was cut by the Los An­ge­les Rams af­ter mini-camp and one of the team’s scouts, Steve Ka­zor, passed along his name to the Red­blacks, who signed him a month ago.

“He’s a pow­er­ful guy, he has a low centre of grav­ity so he can get his pads un­der peo­ple,” Camp­bell said. “He’s also a sharp guy — we’ve thrown quite a few things at him. There are some guys who get it when you talk to them and some guys don’t — he’s one of those guys who gets it.”

Smith has spent plenty of time ad­just­ing to the Cana­dian rules, hop­ing for his op­por­tu­nity.

“It means a lot to be out there with the first team,” he said. “I’m just go­ing out there and hop­ing for the best. You have to study, es­pe­cially com­ing from the States to here. I’ve been get­ting ex­tra film work, spend­ing ex­tra time with coaches, so I can get a full grasp on ev­ery­thing’s that go­ing on around me.”

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