Teidrick Smith ready to tie up QBs for Redblacks
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.”